Other supported software


Aropä is a web-based system designed to support peer review activities in large, undergraduate classes. It is hosted at two sites: the University of Auckland and the University of Glasgow.  See here for further details: http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/~hcp/aropa/aropa-introduction.pdf  It is also possible to set this up so that it is accessed via Moodle. 


Contact Helen.Purchase@glasgow.ac.uk for details



Big Blue Button (BBB) is a virtual classroom system originally developed for distance education.  Users can join an audio conference, share their webcam and see others, and type into a text chat box. Users can also share audio and video files and presentations.  The software has a whiteboard facility and the ability for users to share desktops.  Sessions can be recorded for playback by those who missed a session.  More information here: http://bigbluebutton.org/


Contact the IT Services Helpdesk for details



Camtasia is screen capture software for creating video tutorials. 


Contact Craig.Brown@glasgow.ac.uk



The Electronic Voting System (EVS) is a system that allows student feedback during lectures and tutorials. 


 More information can be found here. Contact Craig.Brown@glasgow.ac.uk 



PeerWise is an online repository of multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated and discussed by students. 

Typically, at the beginning of a term, a course using PeerWise begins with an empty repository. This grows gradually as the course progresses and students author and contribute relevant questions. All activity remains anonymous to students, however instructors are able to view the identity of question and comment authors and have the ability to delete inappropriate questions. In practice, instructor moderation is rarely necessary and PeerWise is often used with little staff involvement.         

PeerWise has been used in courses covering a variety of disciplines. Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Medicine, Physics, Population Health, Psychology, and more. Any course for which it makes sense for students to author their own multiple-choice questions and to explain their understanding of a topic in their own words could benefit from using PeerWise. See here for further details: http://peerwise.cs.auckland.ac.nz/docs/instructors/


Contact Amanda.Sykes@glasgow.ac.uk for details



Turnitin is an internet based similarity detection service.  Students submit their assignments and Turnitin then checks the document and identifies similarities to existing sources.  


Urkund is the recommended software for this. Users who have a Turnitin account may still access the service via their web pages. We do not provide support for this usage. Support materials are available here: http://http://www.turnitinuk.com/en_gb/services/support/help-center



(Yet another classroom response system)

YACRS is a classroom interaction system that allows students to use their own devices (mobile phones, tablets or laptops) to respond to questions during class. The motivation behind developing it was that the clicker systems we use at the University of Glasgow were becomming increasingly problematic - making sure batteries were OK, identifying broken hand-sets and getting them to the right lecture theatre all posed problems. Since almost all stuudents carry a smartphone or other device it seemed logical to replace the clicker system with a web based system.

A few features:

  • Multiple choice and text input questions
  • SMS support (for the few students who don't have smartphones.)
  • Optional microblogging 
  • Optional teacher control application provides a simple way of using MCQs along with Powerpoint.
  • Open source (Apache 2 licence)
  • Either logged in (using LDAP) or guest modes.

Contact Niall Barr for further details