Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Learning Technologies

The following tools and technologies are available at Studio 6, CAFE's faculty/staff computer lab. Accessibility information for these learning technologies can be found on our accessibility statements page.

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Learning Management System (LMS)


Cal Poly Pomona adopted Canvas as our Learning Management System (LMS) in Fall 2021. CPP's contract with Blackboard expired in June 2023.

Blackboard is no longer available to faculty, staff, or students. CAFE cannot retrieve any materials from Blackboard.

IT&IP maintains archives in accordance with CPP data retention policies. However, those archives can only be accessed if necessary to resolve a legal matter. Please contact CPP IT Security if you have a situation that requires access to Blackboard archives.


Canvas can be used to supplement a traditional class, to support a hybrid or blended course, or as the main delivery structure for an online course. Organize learning materials and grades, communicate with students, and facilitate student interaction.

Content Authoring

Camtasia + Snagit

Powerful screen capture and video editing software that allows for the creation of software demonstrations, simulations, and presentations.

Microsoft Sway

Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. Where PowerPoint is meant for face-to-face environments, Sway is meant to be digested digitally.


Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud offers the world's best creative tools to create and edit websites, graphics, photos, and more. Popular products in this suite include: Acrobat, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Adobe Spark Suite

Adobe Spark is a suite of free, online tools that can be used to create simple infographics, stories, and animated videos.


Record and edit sounds using this free, open source, cross-platform software.


Vendor Links

Cascade (faculty websites)

Faculty can use Cascade for creating personal websites to list faculty bios, office hours, contact information, classes taught, accomplishments, publications, CV, etc. Faculty interested in developing institutional websites (divisions, colleges, departments, institutes, centers, and programs) should instead contact IT Web Development.


Vendor Links


Upload and share videos via CPP's official video streaming platform. Create video quizzes. Use Kaltura Capture to easily record lectures.


Labster is a virtual lab tool that uses gamification and storytelling approaches to engage students in course materials.


Upload, share, and watch videos using this free video hosting website.

Web Conferencing


Quickly hold web conference sessions in this light-weight conferencing tool. Use Zoom for virtual class sessions or online office hours.

Student Response System (Polling)


iClicker is a fun, technology-based method for assessing students' knowledge, keeping their attention, providing immediate feedback, and encouraging all students to participate.

Zoom Polling

The built-in polling feature in Zoom allows you to create single choice or multiple choice polling questions for your synchronous sessions. You will be able to launch the poll during your class meeting and gather the responses from your students.

Academic Integrity


Turnitin is a suite of products designed to improve your students’ writing skills, provide opportunity for rich feedback, and discourage plagiarism by highlighting copied passages.



Gradescope helps you seamlessly administer and grade all of your assessments, whether online or in-class. Save time grading and get a clear picture of how your students are doing.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the most popular and widely used suite of productivity software, including favorites like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Also take advantage of Cal Poly Pomona's Office 365 subscription, featuring online versions of your favorite apps, making it easy to share and collaborate.