Pilots and Projects


When trends and tools emerge and a tool is determined to have a potential for a wide range of faculty throughout the university, our first step in determining whether a potential new service would still be useful and supportable at scale. When a pilot opportunity is approved, ATS will work with vendors, faculty, and other groups in Information Technology Services to support a new service at pilot capacity. In order to provide adequate support for faculty and develop supportive documentation and processes that can be released as the service scales, pilots are closed with small numbers of faculty. Please contact ATS if you have an idea for a pilot, would like to be included in a pilot, or if you’d like to be kept in the loop about the results of a pilot listed below:

PlayPosit Interactive Video Maker

Playposit is a new content creation tool that makes it easy for instructors to build interactivity into their video lessons.Playposit allows faculty to add questions, discussions, and branching links to video content and lectures and track student progress.

Pilot start date: In progress

Pilot enrollment is currently closed.

Poll Everywhere Student Response

Poll Everywhere is a student response solution that allows students to respond to polling questions in class and displays results in real-time. We are running a small pilot Fall 2016 to determine whether Poll Everywhere can work as a university supported and funded solution. Poll Everywhere offers usability, a good variety of question types, and web and PowerPoint/Keynote/Google slides delivery.

Pilot start date: In progress

Pilot enrollment is currently open. Please review the pilot webpage.

Qwickly Attendance Tool

Fall 2016 semester, ATS will be piloting the Qwickly Attendance tool in Blackboard. This robust course tool enables faculty to take attendance that is automatically graded in the Blackboard Grade Center. Faculty can take attendance using an attendance list on screen or allow students to check in on their own browser, complete with a PIN and countdown timer.

Pilot start date: In progress

Pilot is open and available to all faculty through NEU Blackboard. View the Qwickly Attendance tool webpage for more information. 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

A new, java free version of Blackboard Collaborate is available for faculty to test drive during the fall semester. The new version, called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, will be available for testing in all Northeastern Blackboard courses and runs directly in your web browser, no installation required! New features include: browser-based conferencing, high-quality mobile supported video, simple and fast file sharing, recordings, breakout groups, polling, attendance reporting and more.

The legacy version of Blackboard Collaborate will remain available in all courses through Spring 2017. We encourage faculty to explore this new version and provide feedback to ATS@northeastern.edu.

Go to the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra page to read more about this upgrade.

Pilot start date: In progress

Pilot is open and available to all faculty through NEU Blackboard.

Learning Management System Pilots

To stay on top of the market, several divisions at the university are currently conducting pilots of three different learning management systems.


Vendor visits

In order to help the university community further leverage software provided by or supported by the community. We’re hosting a series of special workshops facilitated by software vendors. Upcoming workshops are listed on our special events page.

Screensharing tools

ATS is testing various tools to facilitate seamless screensharing and collaboration for both in person and online meetings. We’re looking at both software and hardware solutions.