Digital Teaching Tools

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The following is a list of recommended tools for teaching online, or in the blended learning environment. Those tools that are University-supported link to VCU’s web pages and others link to the main website or help page for the tool.

What does it mean to be a University Supported Tool?

By electing to use a university supported tool, faculty have access to helpful information for getting started using the tool and resources for obtaining help and live technical support from university personnel.

What is the vetting process that VCU uses to determine if a tool can be University Supported?

Academic Technology assesses a tool based on whether it meets standards for accessibility and privacy.


Discussions Video Collaboration Synchronous Meetings Simulations/ Branching Scenarios
Novice Technology User  

Blackboard Discussions


Flip Grid*



Adobe Spark


Google Suite*


Google Hangouts




Intermediate Technology User



YouTube Channel



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Advanced Technology User  






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* These tools are University-supported. If you have further questions about University-supported tools, please contact

House Bill 1

“Virginia House Bill 1 (HB1), effective July 1 as Code of Virginia section 23.1-405(C), prohibits a university from disclosing a student’s email address, physical address or telephone number under the exception in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for directory information or the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) unless the student has affirmatively consented in writing to the disclosure,” according to the Office of the Provost. You can read more about how the University is working to be in compliance with HB1.

How to be in compliance with HB1:

Certain collaborative platforms, such as Google Docs, disclose students’ contact information. In some cases, this can violate recently enacted laws that protect student information from being shared with other students. Instructors must now obtain written consent before disclosing to student contact information, such as email addresses, to other students. Your department may already have created a form for your use so you may want to check with your department chair first. Finally, it is always good practice to have an alternate way for students to participate in a designated activity in the event a student does not grant consent.

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