Lecture and presentation technologies are important tools in the presentation of content within Absorb-type activities.


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 Blackboard Collaborate Original and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. 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.


Kaltura (vendor and product name) MediaSpace is a media management platform that provides users with the:

  • Easy upload, transcoding, and publishing
  • Course and personal media galleries
  • Screencasting
  • Players optimized for mobile, captions, and accessibility
  • Integration with Canvas.


Kaltura CaptureSpace combines painless recording, automated publishing, and interactive viewing to enable easy video capture in class, at the office, at home, or on-the-go.

  • Content creators capture multi-stream recordings of up to three video inputs synchronized with a PowerPoint presentation or screen capture.
  • Viewers can navigate to desired content, search through slide text, switch between video streams, and view picture in picture.

CaptureSpace makes it simple to create:

  • Screen recordings,
  • Screen and webcam recordings,
  • Webcam recordings,
  • Voice recordings, and
  • Multi-source recordings.


Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.
Share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings. Collaborate in real-time with your team or with your whole school. You can publish final documents to the entire world, too.

DoIT Academic Technology does not provide individual consultations on these applications.


Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
Microsoft Office is a ubiquitous application for creating course content. The Office suite includes applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. All of these tools are supported by the Help Desk and campus has a site license for it.

DoIT Academic Technology does not provide individual consultations on these applications.


Adobe® Captivate® CC offers enhanced support for HTML5-based eLearning content and also lets you create courses that meet accessibility standards.* Add more interactivity to your courses with drag-and-drop modules, YouTube video streaming, and in-course web browsing. Record system audio along with narration. Generate reusable advanced action templates. Import GIF format questions to create quizzes in a jiffy.

DoIT Academic Technology does not provide individual consultations on this application.


Acrobat is a great way to deliver content to students. While most operating systems now allow you to print to PDF, Acrobat provides additional features to make more interactive documents. Acrobat is provided to campus at no cost.

DoIT Academic Technology does not provide individual consultations on this application.