These tools are helpful in the facilitation of instructor-student and/or student-student interactions within the technology-enhanced portion of a blended course.


Canvas is the new learning management platform for the campus. It contains a variety of robust tools ranging from communication to the online submission of course assignments. Canvas can support online, face-to-face, or hybrid course models. You can turn course tools on and off so that the tools available in your course are specifically tailored to your pedagogy and course materials.

BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra

Web conferencing services provide advanced tools for remote communication and collaboration. Sessions may include two-way audio and video, PowerPoint delivery, screen sharing, Instant Messaging, Whiteboard tool and more. Web conferencing sessions can be recorded for later viewing by participants and non-participants alike. Web conferencing can facilitate learning in both online and blended classroom settings. Web conferencing functionality is currently offered through both Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Blackboard Collaborate Original. Both feature integration with Learn@UW, allowing instructors and enrolled students to easily access web conferencing sessions from within their courses. Web conferencing enables instructors to optimize their time and engage students in new and stimulating ways. It can be used to support face-to-face, blended and online courses. Current UW-Madison instructors are using it to deliver: online lectures; guest speakers; virtual office hours; student group projects; student presentations; virtual and outside class review sessions and more.


Piazza is an interactive, student-driven online service for managing Questions and Answers in both online and face-to-face classes. Piazza gives students a space to ask and collaboratively answer course-related questions in a timely manner.


Classlist is an automated no-charge system that allows instructors to have email distribution lists generated based upon their course enrollment. The Classlist system is based entirely on authentication using your UW–Madison NetID and password. The Classlist system automatically updates the email distribution lists with Registrar data six times a day, seven days a week, throughout the semester. Thus, student changes, e.g. add/drop, are automatically reflected.