Supported Technologies

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Educational technology is a broad and evolving field. ITS Teaching and Learning Interactive actively supports a growing portfolio of technologies that provide Carolina with proven tools for collaboration, research, instruction and outreach.

Sakai @ UNC

Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) is UNC’s new collaboration and learning platform suitable for course sites, committees, research collaboration, campus organizations, online instruction, outreach and more.

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Web Conferencing

student using computerBlackboard Collaborate (formerly called, “Elluminate”) is a Web conferencing system that allows groups to meet, present, and collaborate. The only equipment required to participate in a web conference session is a computer with a connection to the Internet. For audio discussions, those speaking will need a microphone, preferably a USB headset with noise cancellation. Use Blackboard Collaborate to:

  • Write, draw, and paste images on a shared whiteboard
  • Present materials imported from PowerPoint in a fully online environment
  • View or share documents or software running on any participant’s computer
  • Host guest speakers & hold virtual office hours
  • Record sessions for later viewing or review

Learn more from the Blackboard Collaborate Help Document


Voicethread is a collaboration technology in which files are shared with others who then can post their personal comments in response. In this way, the person who posts the files can initiate conversations specific to shared items. And those conversations include text, audio and video, for a more natural flow of comments.

Learn more from the UNC Voicethread Help Document: