UAA Core Tools


UAA Core Tools documents the primary technology tools used at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) for teaching, learning, and productivity. These tools are support by UAA Information Technology Services (IT Services) Technical Support Center (TSC), as well as Faculty Development and Instructional Support. Many of the software can be used by UAA faculty, staff, and students at no cost.


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Core Tools

Learning Management System (LMS) (Blackboard Learn)

The UA Learning Management System currently uses Blackboard Learn (Login to UA LMS).

3rd party tools available for use inside LMS*

*supported through collaborative efforts of UAA and the vendor.


Productivity Tools


Other UAA Academic Tools


3rd Party Supported Tools


Accessibility and Privacy Policies for Tech Tools


Specialty Tools

The following tools are used by a subset of UAA faculty, staff, and/or students, and may have limited support from the UAA IT Technical Support Center.

UAA Specialty Software
Speciality Tool What it is for Who can use it Where to get more information
Navigate360 Student success students, faculty, staff Academic Affairs
Helperbird Browser extension to make the web more accessible; install and connect to your account to access the Pro features students, faculty, staff  
Canva Layouts to design, share and print flyers, logos, presentations, banners, etc. students, faculty, staff Canva KB Article
Online Bookstore Full-service online bookstore and course materials platform students, faculty Bookstore Help
Screenpal Creation of screencast videos (AI&e has limited pro licenses; free version is always an option) faculty, staff Faculty Development & Instructional Support
Adobe Creative Cloud Discounted pricing is available for this collection of 20+ apps for photography, design, video, etc. faculty, staff UAA Adobe Creative Cloud
IBM SPSS Statistical Analysis free for students in participating courses; departments purchase faculty/staff licenses UAA IBM SPSS Statistics
Global Protect Virtual Private Network (VPN) students, faculty, staff UAA Remote Connectivity (VPN)
Blackboard Learn add-ons Add functionality to Blackboard with third party tools faculty, staff UAA Blackboard Use Policy
UAA Licensed Applications UAA IT makes several UAA, and UA licensed applications for university owned, and managed computers, available via the Software Center for iOS/iPadOS, macOS, and Windows devices. UAA faculty, staff UAA Employee Software Support KB article
UA Licensed Applications The University of Alaska Office of Information Technology (OIT) makes several UA licensed applications available via an authenticated webpage. UAA, UAF, UAS, SW faculty, staff UA OIT


Is there any additional information I should know about?

Faculty looking for additional learning technologies can contact an instructional designer and are encouraged to use the following resource to evaluate a new tool: Blackboard Tool Evaluation Survey.


Need additional help or have issues

For additional assistance contact the IT Services Technical Support Center via phone at (907) 786-4646, toll-free at (877) 633-3888, email us at

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