Tools to support teaching and learning

Posted: October 9, 2020

All third-party tools used for teaching and learning at McGill are subject to the McGill Cloud Directive. Student data contains private information and all tools need to be verified that companies providing these tools are keeping that data safe and complying with all Quebec laws and McGill regulations. Just because a software may be free to use does not mean that it is authorized for use at McGill. Below is a table of all currently approved tools that comply with the McGill Cloud Directive.

Request a tool evaluation

If you are teaching at McGill and would like to submit a tool to be evaluated for teaching and learning use, please complete the request form below. You will be required to login with your McGill Username/Password to access this form. Note that a typical software can take a minimum of 4-6 weeks to evaluate. While this process approves the tool for use, it does not guarantee that funding will be available if the tool has a license fee.

List of currently approved tools

Name Description Category McGill support* Integration with myCourses More information

Crowdmark

Crowdmark is a collaborative online grading tool and analytics platform. It allows for multiple graders to blind-grade class assessments online, at a distance, and at different times, and allows for grading feedback to be sent to students. It also offers instructors analytics about the grades, question scores, and grading time. Assessment Central

Yes

Request access (limited licenses)
GitHub Classroom GitHub is a centrally-managed version control system that provides the possibility of creating on-demand, private repositories for use in courses and research, and enables effective ways of tracking changes in source codes, websites, and other documents. Content Local No Request access (limited licenses)

Habitable worlds

HabsWorlds Beyond is an online course that teaches students about space exploration, climate science, and the search for life on other planets. It uses game-like simulations to expose students to the thought processes and practice of science in a fun and engaging way. Content/Assessment None

Yes

Request access (limited licenses)
Lecture Recording
System (LRS)
Lecture Recording System (LRS) provides the automatic recording of course lectures, including demonstrations and student presentations, for an entire term. The LRS is currently installed in specific rooms on both the downtown and Macdonald campuses. As a new feature, recorded sessions from Zoom meetings can also be uploaded to instructors' courses for their students to access. Content Central Yes

How to access this tool (site-license)
IT Knowledge Base

Neverguess Neverguess is a question management system that allows instructors to create, manage, and grade practice and formal exams. Assessment Central Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Peergrade Peergrade is a platform that facilitates the logistics of peer assessment, including document submission, peer review of student work, and feedback on the quality of reviews. Assessment Central Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Perusall Perusall is a collaborative reading and annotation tool. Instructors can assign textbooks, articles or PDFs, and students can then annotate the readings and asynchronously respond to each other’s comments and questions about the readings in context. Interaction Central Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Polling @McGill (Turning Point) Polling is a technology-supported questioning strategy that allows instructors to ask questions, and collect and display student responses in real time. Students respond to questions using a mobile device. Interaction/Assessment Central Yes How to access this tool (site-license)
Polling@McGill
Respondus 4.0 Respondus 4.0 can be used to create and manage exams in an offline environment. Assessment Central Software download How to access this tool (site-license)
IT Knowledge Base
Respondus LockDown Respondus Lockdown Browser locks a student in a quiz on myCourses. Students cannot navigate away from the quiz and are unable to open a browser window or access files on their computer. Assessment Central Yes How to access this tool (site-license)
IT Knowledge Base
Respondus Monitor Respondus Monitor is an example of a record-and-review online proctoring tool that detects potentially suspicious student behaviour and produces a report that directs proctors to pertinent portions of the recording to review. Assessment Central Yes Not currently authorized for use except under special circumstances. Contact your Associate Dean for information.
Sapling Learning Launchpad by Macmillan learning is a platform that hosts e-book, quizzing, and instructor resources. Content/Assessment None Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Visual classroom Visual Classrooms is a discussion and collaboration platform that allows students to engage with peers and instructors. An interactive digital whiteboard encourages students to quickly capture, share, synthesize, and improve their ideas together using any media. Interaction Central Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Voicethread VoiceThread is an interactive media player that allows instructors and students to create, edit, and share media files, such as images, PowerPoint presentations, videos, PDFs, and more. Media is recorded with annotations and comments, and saved as a video file to be shared on external platforms. Content Central Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Zoom Zoom is a rich web-conferencing solution with features, such as breakout rooms, polling, and screensharing. Interaction Central Yes How to access this tool (site-license)
McGill Zoom
Labster Labster is a simulator that allows students to engage in experimentation in virtual, immersive lab environments. Interaction None Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Labflow Labflow saves lab coordinators and instructors time by streamlining their workflow and simplifying lab course management. Labs run smoother each week because students and instructors (or TAs) walk through the door prepared to engage productively. Content None Yes Request access (limited licenses)
ANSYS Granta Ansys GRANTA Materials Data for Simulation provides instant, clickable access to a general library of materials property data across the Ansys family of simulation products, thereby eliminating data search time and input errors. Content None No Request access (limited licenses)
WeBWork WeBWorK is an open-source online homework system for math and science courses. Content Local Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Urkund Urkund is an automatic text-recognition system used to promote academic integrity and detect plagiarism.
Assessment
Central Yes Request access (limited licenses)
MatLab Grader Create auto-graded MATLAB assignments using MATLAB Grader. Build MATLAB coding problems and store them in collections. Instructors can host courses for students on MATLAB Grader or include MATLAB based assignments in myCourses. Content/Assessment Local Yes Request access (limited licenses)
Chief Architect Chief Architect software brings home design projects to life. Automated building tools for home design, interior design, and kitchen and bath design make it easy to create construction drawings, elevations, CAD details, and 3D models. Content Local Software download Request access (limited licenses)
Finale Music notation software. Content Local Software download Request access (limited licenses)
MaxMSP MaxMSP is a visual programming language for music and multimedia. Content Local Software download Request access (limited licenses)
Chemix Chemix is a free online editor for drawing science lab diagrams and school experiment apparatus. Easy sketching for both students and instructors. Content None Software download Request access (limited licenses)
AD Instruments Flexible tools to help scientists and educators record and analyze data quickly and efficiently. Content None No Request access (limited licenses)
Sprintbase Sprintbase helps universities give students the skills and experience they need to apply innovative practices with confidence in the workplace by providing a ready-to-run project-based learning experience. Content Local No Request access (limited licenses)
Camtasia Camtasia allows users to record their computer screen activity and audio. Create and edit videos with captions and quizzes. Content Central Software download How to access this tool (site-license)
McGill Software Site
SPSS SPSS is an advanced statistical analysis software for use in multiple fields of study. Course/subject specific None

Software download

How to access this tool (site-license)
IT Knowledge Base
SnagIT Snagit is a screen capturing tool that allows users to capture, edit, organize, annotate, and share images. Content Central Software download How to access this tool (site-license)
McGill Software Site
CATME CATME is an online teamwork learning and team management system that allows instructors to assign students to teams (based on a variety of adjustable criteria) and allows students to rate team members’ contributions to group projects. Assessment Central No Request access (limited licenses)
Video Assignment Video Assignment allows students to record short videos using their webcam. Instructors can leave time-stamped feedback on student submissions. Assessment Central Yes How to access this tool (site-license)
IT Knowledge Base
Mural Mural is a collaborative platform to support virtual brainstorming, design thinking, diagramming, and much more. Interaction Central No Request access (limited licenses)
Office 365 Office 365 is a cloud-based package of services from Microsoft including email, web communications, file storage, and file sharing. Office 365 includes the Office Plus package (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) along with other Office 365 products, such as Teams, OneDrive, OneNote, Sway, Delve, and Forms. Interaction Central Yes How to access. this tool (site-license)
Office 365
McGraw Hill Connect Adaptive learning solution for McGraw-Hill textbook content. Content None Yes Request access (limited licenses)
LON-CAPA Adaptive assessment engine that allows for flexible assignments, over 30 problem types, with the ability to use mathematical formulas or diagrammatic representation of a chemical compounds.  Assessment Central Yes Request access (limited licenses)
ChemOffice Professional suite ChemOffice Professional is the most robust, scientifically-intelligent research productivity suite in the world. It builds on the foundations of ChemDraw Professional and adds access to a broad set of powerful scientific tools* to enable scientific research. Conntent None No

How to access. this tool (site-license) ChemOffice

Gaussian Gaussian 16 provides a wide-ranging suite of the most advanced modeling capabilities available. You can use it to investigate the real-world chemical problems that interest you, in all of their complexity, even on modest computer hardware. Content None No How to access. this tool (site-license) Gaussian
JMP (SAS Institute) Data analysis software for Mac and Windows. JMP is the data analysis tool of choice for hundreds of thousands of scientists, engineers and other data explorers worldwide. Users leverage powerful statistical and analytic capabilities in JMP to discover the unexpected. Content None No How to access. this tool (site-license) JMP Mac | JMP Windows
Mathematica (Wolfram Research) Mathematica provides a single integrated, continually expanding system that covers the breadth and depth of technical computing—and seamlessly available in the cloud through any web browser, as well as natively on all modern desktop systems. Content Local No How to access. this tool (site-license) Mathematica
MATLAB and Tools (MathWorks) To analyze data, develop algorithms, or create models. MATLAB® combines a desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly. It includes the Live Editor for creating scripts that combine code, output, and formatted text in an executable notebook. Content Local No How to access. this tool (site-license) MATLAB
SAS Advance analytics solutions. SAS is an advanced analytics software infused with cutting-edge, innovative algorithms that can help you solve even your most intractable problems. Content None No How to access this tool (site-license)
McGill Software Site
SigmaPlot (Systat) SigmaPlot Helps You Quickly Create Exact Graphs. Content None No How to access this tool (site-license)
McGill Software Site

ArcGIS (ESRI)

ArcGIS offers unique capabilities and flexible licensing for applying location-based analytics to your business practices. Gain greater insights using contextual tools to visualize and analyze your data. Collaborate and share via maps, apps, dashboards and reports. Content Local No

How to access. this tool (site-license) ESRI

* = McGill Support provided either centrally (via IT), locally (Faculty-based support) or none (vendor and/or community support).

 


McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.


Back to top