Top five free (at Northeastern) services that you may not know about

Academic Technology Services is a division of Information Technology Services that provides support and advice on educational technologies at Northeastern. There are a number of technologies that are provided to the Northeastern community by ITS and that ATS provides support and training on. A comprehensive list of tools and their uses are linked to the right.

News@Northeastern recently ran an article on the top five free services that ATS supports. More information about those services are below.

Click on each of the headers below to read more about each tool

Poll Everywhere is a student response solution that allows students to respond to polling questions and displays results in real-time. Poll Everywhere offers usability, a good variety of question types, and web and PowerPoint/Keynote/Google slides delivery. The Northeastern Poll Everywhere Pro account provides the an upgraded feature-set over the standard free higher-ed account.

Read more about implementing Poll Everywhere in your classroom here.

To participate in the poll below:

  1. Log into
  2. Enter your myneu credentials
  3. Go to
  4. Type your answer and click the submit button.

Academic Technology Services provides support and assistance for Northeastern faculty with high-quality video production services. We have a variety of professional media equipment and access to the library’s fully equipped television studio with green-screen capability. You can also request to work with the lightboard (shown to the right). We will consider all requests if the project’s goal is to aid or enhance teaching and learning within the university, or to promote the University’s colleges, faculties or services.

Self-service video items include Tegrity lecture capture and the PlayPosit interactive video tool, which allows you to upload or link almost any video and integrate questions and other interactive items into your video.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is the newest version of Blackboard’s free web conferencing module. Unlike previous versions, Ultra runs directly in modern browsers with no additional software installations required. Collaborate Ultra lets faculty, staff and students meet in an online space with video, audio, chat, whiteboards and screen sharing. It can be used for online course meetings, faculty hours, presentations, study sessions, special classes or make-up days.

Read more about Blackboard Collaborate Ultra here.

Increasing expectations for evidence-based decision-making have made access to survey tools essential for a wide array of users. In order to help streamline data collection and reporting opportunities, Northeastern has acquired a site-wide license for Qualtrics, a web-based survey software tool that supports research, teaching and administration by allowing users to develop and deploy surveys, store data, analyze results, and create dynamic visual reports. Qualtrics is available to current faculty, staff, and students at Northeastern.

Click here to read more about Qualtrics.

Example of Qualtrics reporting visualizations: Word Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud provides digital media creation and design-related software applications and services, including Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Animate, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Muse. Creative Cloud applications work seamlessly with one another, and with Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile applications when linked through your Adobe account. Coming in September, Adobe Creative Cloud will be free for faculty and staff. This service is administered by ITS, but ATS can work with faculty interested in using these for teaching and learning applications.

Read more about installing Creative Cloud here.

Articulate 360 is a suite of tools that make creating interactive e-learning as easy as working in PowerPoint. Storyline 360 empowers you to create any interactive e-learning course you can imagine for any device imaginable, from desktop and laptop computers to tablets and smartphones. Our new license allows for download on personal devices and comes with a number of different software components and services such as a free stock photo library. Articulate’s Rise lets you create beautiful, fully-responsive courses fast using a web interface (no Windows computer required)

Read more about Articulate 360 here

Getting help

Group courses on these tools and others are listed on our events page. Please email with questions about any of these tools or to schedule a one-on-one consultation.