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Canvas External Apps

Below is a list of all the add-on tools that are installed in the Blackboard Learn system. Operating seamlessly with the current Blackboard platform, these tools will enrich your students' online learning experience.

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Panopto is a screen and lecture capture tool that facilitates the recording of your lectures on the screen with PowerPoint, Google Slides, and or any other websites you want to show. You can also create short concept videos for known issues with course concepts for students to review.

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Perusall is an e-reader platform that allows students and faculty to annotate assigned digital text.


Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.


SoftChalk is an e-learning authoring tool used to create and personalize content by mashing up your own materials with rich media (video, audio, images), interactive exercises, quizzes, and text.


Respondus Quiz Builder is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed on paper or published directly to Blackboard.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. Students are locked into the assessment and are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications.

Respondus Monitor is included with LockDown Browser and allows instructors to require students to record themselves with Webcams while taking a test in order to detect and discourage cheating.

It requires students to use a web camera while taking online exams. With Lockdown Browser, students cannot navigate to other sites, instant messages, take screen captures, or send and receive emails. With Monitor, a student’s identity can be verified and their activity is video recorded during the exam. In short, Monitor can help fill the role of a proctor, deter cheating, and protect the integrity of online tests.


VoiceThread is a tool that allows multisensory collaboration between faculty and students. Instructors can deliver their content using rich multimedia to enhance the engagement of their students. It allows audio, video, and text comments on uploaded documents, presentations, images, and videos. There are no new usernames or passwords to learn, and rosters are synced automatically. VoiceThread is making an asynchronous environment feel like an asynchronous environment.