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Integrated Tools

These tools work with existing Blackboard courses to provide more options for instructors and students. If you have questions about incorporating these tools into your teaching plan contact the Educational Technologists at itedtech@ku.edu or 785-864-2600.


An iClicker is a wireless, voting device (student response system) that allows instructors and students to dynamically interact through questions and answers in real time. Through an integration with Blackboard, iClicker polling data can be uploaded and synced with the Blackboard Grade Center.

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Respondus (Exam Creator and LockDown Browser)

Respondus 4.0 is a powerful software tool for creating and managing exams that can be published directly to Blackboard. Respondus users enjoy the ability to create assessments offline and an expanded number of question types (including calculated an algorithmic format). After setup, Respondus enables one-click uploading to Blackboard courses.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked in it until they submit the assessment for grading.

Learn more about Respondus


SoftChalk is a lesson creation tool that allows educators to transform existing course materials into interactive and engaging e-learning content with minimal time, effort and resources. Lessons can be exported as Web pages for posting on the Internet or accessed in Blackboard.

Learn more about Soft Chalk


VoiceThread is an interactive multimedia presentation tool that promotes collaboration and discussion. You can start a VoiceThread discussion by uploading images, documents and videos and then sharing the link with others.

Learn more about VoiceThread

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