Digital Learning & Design

Technology Catalog

Our team of Learning Designers and Technologists regularly review tech tools for digital teaching and learning. Below is a developing list of tools that DLD either supports or has otherwise vetted with Brown's procurement team to ensure our learning communities have a safe, accessible, and high quality experience.

  • Canvas
  • TopHat 
  • Harmonize 
  • Ed Discussion
  • Panopto/Media Library
  • Gradescope
  • Peerceptiv 
  • Google Apps 
  • Google Classroom
  • Jamboard (sunsetting December 2024)
  • Google Sites (for courses)
  • GoReact
  • Slack (via Canvas only)
  • Namecoach
  • Turnitin
  • Course Reserves (Leganto)
  • Atomic Journals
  • Zoom (via Canvas only)

These are Approved tools that are purchased centrally by Brown. DLD, in partnership with the IT Service Center, provides support and training.

  • ESRI Storymaps
  • Miro
  • Trello 
  • RedShelf
  • Cengage
  • Macmillan Learning
  • McGraw Hill Connect
  • Norton InQuizitive 
  • Qualtrics
  • H5P
  • SensusAccess 
  • Microsoft Office 365

The terms of service, privacy, and security have been reviewed and approved by Brown's Office of Information Technology (OIT). These tools are commonly purchased by individual departments or instructors, so support is provided by the vendor.

  • Padlet 
  • Piazza
  • VoiceThread
  • LockDown Browser (Respondus)


DLD does not recommend using these tools at this time. The terms of service, privacy, security and/or accessibility of these tools do not currently meet Office of Information Technology (OIT) standards.

Additional Tools 

There are many digital learning tools to consider using when planning your course. If you would like to share success stories or inquire about tools not on this list, please write to Note that adding tools to our official Supported/Approved list can take a semester or two as we thoroughly examine FERPA compliance, privacy, security, support, terms of use, overlap with existing Brown tools, accessibility, and other factors.

For a list of additional software available to members of the Brown community, see the Brown IT Software Catalog