Available Tools

This section of the site outlines the different technology tools available in UCC. There is a page devoted to each of the more common tools such as Blackboard, G Suite, Panopto, Turnitin, and the Library Studio. Each page explains what the tools do and where you can find out more about them. Below we have also included a number of other tools/software that are available. Some of this software requires licenses but many of them are free. If you are interested in hearing more about any of the below options email us


Our tools spreadsheet

We have been keeping a list of free tools/mobile apps that can be used for educational purposes.

  • Explanation: There are a number of tools out there can be used to build simple animations. Sometimes these can be used quite effectively to explain concepts
  • Examples of Software: Videoscribe, Powtoon
Content Curation
  • Explanation: These can be very useful tools, they allow you to collect, organise and display information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. For example, you could put a number of web pages, youtube videos, images all into one package about a topic.
  • Example of Software: Roojoom
  • Explanation: A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration.
  • Examples of Software: Screencast-o-matic , Open Broadcaster Software (Panopto can also be used for screencasting if needs be).
Open Source Tools & Mobile Apps
  • Explanation: There are a lot of very useful open source and discipline specific tools and mobile apps that are freely available, it is often worth remembering that they do exist and that even if you choose not to use them directly in the course it can be worth mentioning them to students as tools they might like to use to support their own learning.
  • Examples of Software: This spreadsheet (already mentioned above) lists a number of tools/apps with a description of what they do.
Video Conferencing
  • Explanation: These allow for synchronous interaction such as an online tutorial or ad hoc meetings/collaborations (such as online office hours).
  • Examples of Software: Skype, Google Hangouts comes with G Suite