Educational Technology

GW and SMHS have many educational technology tools available to enhance your teaching.  Please view the resources below for more information.  

Teaching Online/Developing Digital Content

Recording Presentations and Videos

Please view the Recording Online Modules page for more information on each of the tools, and to decide which tool is best for your purposes. 

Tools currently supported by SMHS: 

Web Conferencing

GW has three web conferencing tools available: Zoom, Webex, and Blackboard Collaborate. For a details and comparison of tools, please view the Web Conferencing Tools page.   

Creating/Updating Course Websites

Blackboard is the course management system used at GWU. Blackboard sites can house course materials (handouts, readings, slides), course syllabi, manuals, group listings, links to session recordings, discussion boards and/or blogs for student/instructor communication, and much more.

Tools to Support Active Learning


PollEverywhere is an audience response system licensed by GW's School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

PollEverywhere provides SMHS faculty with multiple question types including multiple choice, word cloud, clickable image, and open-ended questions.  Functionality is also available for Q&A which allows users to respond and then upvote or downvote submitted responses, and competition which also the instructor to create a series of questions and let participants compete to answer fastest.


VoiceThread is a platform for creating rich, asynchronous conversations around media like images, documents, presentations, and videos. Students and instructors can comment on the posted media content using text, audio, or video.

Articulate 360

Articulate 360 is a full-featured development suite for e-Learning modules.  This software has been purchased by both the CFE and the IMPACT team for developing interactive projects.  Please reach out to either CFE or the IMPACT team for a consultation if you are interested in creating interactive, branched, or multimedia modules.  


MURAL is a digital workspace for visual collaboration, where everyone can do their best work together.

  • Brainstorming, collaborating, and interacting online using Mural.
  • Watch a CFE webinar from 2021 on Mural Demo. (Recording - GW Login Required)

Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is a video-based group discussion and video-sharing app, free from Microsoft, built for classrooms and beyond.

  • Learn more about Flip.
  • Watch a CFE webinar from 2020 on Using FlipGrid. (Recording - GW Login Required)

Surveys, Evaluations, and Exams


The School of Medicine and Health Sciences MD and PA programs administer exams and quizzes using a secure, internet-based exam management software called Examplify.  Examplify is a high-stakes assessment program developed and licensed by ExamSoft, an internet-based exam delivery system.  Examplify enables exam takers to securely take examinations downloaded to their iPads or personal computers by blocking access to files, programs, and the Internet during an exam. 

Faculty who are interested in setting up exams in Examplify or would like to request an Examplify account should contact Kathleen Kline at (MD Program) or Katherine Sanchez, (PA Program).

For more information about ExamSoft and Examplify, please visit the ExamSoft website at


Qualtrics is the primary survey tool used to collect data for program evaluation for the MD program. However, it has functions and capabilities outside of this scope that may be of value to faculty. To find out more about how you can use Qualtrics for research please visit the link below.

To create an account within Qualtrics please click here:

Qualtrics offers an excellent library of short, easy-to-follow training videos on building surveys, distributing surveys, and analyzing your data.  Additionally, they offer webinars which are recorded and posted to the Qualtrics Support page. Please click this link to view

If you have additional questions about Qualtrics please contact Stephanie Sarandos, Director, Office of Evaluation, MD Program at  

Google Forms and Microsoft Forms

Google Drive and Microsoft Office 365 both have online form-creation tools.  These tools are available to anyone with a GW Net ID login. 

Additional Resources and Tools

Presentation and Slide Development

The CFE has developed the following resources to assist with slide and presentation development.  

Additional recommended resources for creating slides: 

Using Durable Links

A durable link is a link that will consistently deliver access to an e-journal or e-book regardless of whether the user is on or off campus. Durable links connect students to required and recommended readings and do not require faculty to obtain copyright permission. 

Himmelfarb Library Durable Links Guide

LinkedIn Learning - Free Online Training and Courses

Access dozens of regularly updated online courses in design, leadership, multimedia tools and techniques, and common software applications led by recognized industry experts.

Access to LinkedIn Learning is available to the GW community at no cost. Sign in with your GW NetID and password.

Already a member? Learn how to merge your personal account profile with your GW account.

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe CC includes 20 desktop and mobile applications for design, photography, video, and web, including such powerful creative tools as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Premier Pro, and more. Full-time Faculty and Staff can access Acrobat Pro. The full Creative Cloud licenses are provided to many of the GWU's shared computing devices in classrooms and labs

For more information, see the GW IT page on Adobe Creative Campus.

iPad Guide

All incoming SMHS medical students are provided iPads to help with their studies. 

More information on setup and use can be found in the iPad Guide.

Technology Support