If you already have a class email list, using GUMail is probably the quickest and easiest way to communicate with your students. Blackboard and MyAccess both provide the means to access your class roster: click here for instructions.

Blackboard Course Site

Blackboard is one of Georgetown’s digital course management options. An empty Blackboard site is created for all Main Campus and Medical Center courses, but faculty must activate it before students can access it. To log in, go to

Small Canvas logo Canvas Course Site

Canvas is the newest digital course management system option at Georgetown and is available to all Georgetown faculty. An empty Canvas course site is created for every course, but professors must publish it before students can access it. To learn more about Canvas, please visit, where you will find the Canvas login.

Blogs and Wikis

Blogs can be venues for collaborative writing to continue class discussions, spaces for discussing controversial topics from a class, ways to document the progress of a research project. Wikis can be used to host something as broad as a course site or as focused as a glossary of key terminology in your course. You could post a group project for peer editing or enable an open forum for brainstorming and problem-solving.

Lauinger e-reserves and Google Books

If you frequently provide hard-copy handouts of readings during class periods, a school closure or disruption might necessitate an alternate way of sharing content. Lauinger Library provides a secure means of sharing course material with students, and they can assist you in scanning and uploading your readings.

Alternatively, look for copies of your readings on Google Books.

Lecture Capture

Echo360, the university's enterprise lecture capture service, is available to you for capturing audio, video, and slide presentations on your computer. By following a few simple steps, you can record and share lectures, instructions, or other content asynchronously with students.

See UIS Echo360 Support for training guides, video tutorials, and FAQs.


If meeting face-to-face with students is essential to your course, you might never have to cancel those meetings. Skype is just one video conferencing tool you can use to virtually conduct lectures or office hours.


VoiceThread is an online platform for creating rich, asynchronous conversations by posting images, video clips, documents, and slide presentations. All Georgetown faculty are eligible for VoiceThread Pro accounts allowing for the creation of an unlimited number of VoiceThreads. For guides and videos on using VoiceThread, please see the support site.


Zoom is a university Web conferencing tool that enables you to hold a virtual class or meeting. It can accommodate up to 125 participants by default and larger sessions through special arrangement by contacting Attendees can join a meeting from a desktop computer, laptop computer (Windows and Mac), or mobile device (iOS and Android). See the Zoom support site to get started.

Learn about other teaching and learning technologies available at Georgetown on the Commons Tools site.