Types of Tools

Communication and Collaboration

Effective communication is critical in the classroom and online. These tools can help keep students connected to faculty and their peers.

Digital publishing

The Gutenberg press might be the most influential invention of all time. It allowed people to proliferate ideas, information and their stories on a scale that was impossible before. Today, digital publishing is doing the same thing and in the world of education it can be extremely powerful. Including assignments in which students use these digital publishing tools to create their own content promotes creativity within your course, and allows students to reach a wider audience if desired. Digital publishing tools may support multiple editors on a single project allowing students to collaborate with ease. Digitally published works are not limited to text and webpages, there is a growing library of digital humanities which can provide a valuable resource for students.

Open Source

Open-source communities cooperate to develop software and make it available to users without license fees. These tools are available for use with no cost to the user.


If you are unsure whether an online tool is right for your class, or whether the tool is approved for restricted data such as student records, refer to UF Information Technology’s eTools page.