Digital Learning Tools

Digital Learning is an instructional practice that ultimately helps students. It makes use of a broad range of technology-enhanced educational strategies. It includes various learning modalities including face-to-face, virtual, blended, hybrid, flipped, personalized, and other instructional strategies that rely on digital learning tools.  Digital Learning Tools includes any program, app, or technology that can be accessed via an internet connection. Howard University’s Digital Learning Infrastructure consists of a variety of digital learning tools, including Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI). LTI is an education technology specification developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. It specifies a method for a learning system to invoke and to communicate with external systems.

Provided below is an evolving Digital Learning Tool inventory:

The following tools are supported by CETLA and the Office of Digital and Online Learning:

Canvas Credentials - Accelerate your goals with a solution that will validate competencies, drive engagement, improve completion, and increase enrollment. Moreover, this tool provides a seamless way for learners to record and share their validated skills and achievements with future employers. (For more information or support, please contact

Echo 360 – is a learning engagement system, which allows the recording of classroom lectures, meetings, speeches, and other events. This system consists of video capture, student engagement tools, and analytic tools to maximize student participation and engagement for both campus-based and online courses. (For support please contact,

Labster - Labster is a simulation library that provides over 150 virtual science labs. Instructors can choose specific simulations to download and install within their Canvas course(s).

Lightboard - is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light. The Lightboard is for recording video lecture topics. The instructor faces the viewers, and their writing glows in front of them. Please access link for brief demonstration: Lightboard Demonstration (For support please contact,

PollEverywhere – is an online service that allows teachers to ask their students a question. The students answer the question using their mobile phones, Twitter, or web browsers. Both the question and the students' responses are displayed live in Keynote, PowerPoint, and/or on the web. To obtain a Howard University PollEverywhere account please contact If you are already an account user and need support with PollEverywhere, please contact PollEverywhere directly at email: | phone: (800) 388-2039Hours: 8 am - 8 pm EST (M-F). For web support please contact, Main Support Page: | Self-Guided Training:

Turnitin -  is a web-based plagiarism prevention system used to check the originality of assignment submissions. (For support please contact for undergraduate students and for graduate students)

Zoom - is a modern enterprise video communications solution. It has an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Zoom helps you bring your groups together for collaboration. (For support please contact,

The following tools are supported by Enterprise Technology Services (ETS):

Adobe - is a set of applications and services that gives subscribers access to a collection of software used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, along with a set of mobile applications and also some optional cloud services.

CENGAGE Learning - helps higher education instructors, learners and institutions thrive with course materials built around their needs. (For support please contact,

ExamSoft - helps academic institutions improve student learning with secure assessment tools and software that provide valuable data, insights and reports. (For support please contact,

LinkedIn Learning - Howard University in partnership with LinkedIn Learning and their parent company, Microsoft announces that free resources are being offered to help students, faculty and staff remain engaged and productive while working or studying remotely.

MacMillan Learning - develops relevant and impactful course content that serves the needs of educators and supports the success of today's students. (For support please contact,

MATLAB - is a programming and numeric computing platform used to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models.

Mathematica - is a software system with built-in libraries for several areas of technical computing that allow machine learning, statistics, symbolic computation, manipulating matrices, plotting functions and various types of data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other programming languages.

McGraw-Hill Education - delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals improve results. (For support please contact,

Microsoft Teams - is a web conferencing tool that allows Instructors to collaborate with their students, using chats, calls, audio/video conferencing, and document sharing through its platform. Users can stay organize by keeping notes, documents and calendars together or securely connect, access, share, and co-author files in real-time. MS Teams is already installed on your Howard University issued computer.

Oxford University Press - is the largest university press in the world, publishing for three primary markets: research, education, and English language teaching. OUP’s mission is to create world-class academic and educational resources and make them available as widely as possible.

Pearson MyLab & Mastering - are the teaching and learning platforms that empower you to reach every student. When combined with educational content written by respected scholars across the curriculum, MyLab and Mastering help deliver the learning outcomes that students and instructors aspire to. (For support please contact,

Pearson Revel - is an immersive learning experience that enlivens familiar and respected course content with media interactives and assessments. (For support please contact,

Proctorio - testing institutions can add automated invigilation and identity verification with the click of a button in order to receive instantaneous integrity reports as soon as exams are submitted. (For support please contact,

SAS - is a statistical software suite developed for data management, advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, criminal investigation, and predictive analytics.

SPSS - is a statistical software suite developed for data management, advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, criminal investigation.

Top Hat - is a student engagement platform that instructors can use inside and outside of the classroom. This complete end-to-end tool is compatible with the devices your students already use, such as cell phones and laptops—no need for extra hardware.

Vital Source - is a resource for students wishing to eliminate paper copies of textbooks. (For support please contact,

WileyPLUS - is an online teaching and learning environment that integrates the entire digital textbook with instructor and student resources to enhance both the teaching and learning experiences. (For support please contact,

Wolfram Alpha Pro - Upload your own data and images for analysis, get customized and interactive visuals for presentations, download data, get more computation time, access optimized web apps… and support the long-term development of Wolfram|Alpha as a resource for the world.

Wolfram Programming - gives access to the power of computation at a significantly higher level than ever before, by leveraging built-in computational intelligence that relies on a vast depth of algorithms and real-world knowledge carefully integrated over three decades.


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