Academic Technology

ITS provides and supports services that help students successfully reach their academic goals.


Every St. Thomas course has a Blackboard site where you can access your course assignments, handouts, slide presentations, and multimedia class materials. There is also Blackboard Help for Students that provides tutorials on how to take an online exam, submit an assignment, check your grades and more. Note: Blackboard is not available daily from 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. CST for routine system maintenance.

Software for student use

Any software required for class will be available on the department lab or library computers. A select amount of software can also be downloaded for personal use.

  • ilos is a web-based screen recording tool that allows you to record high-quality of your screen, webcam and voice for tutorials and presentations.
  • is an online video database offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills.
  • Mathematica is a symbolic mathematical computation program.
  • MiniTab is a statistical software tool designed for easy interactive use and for analyzing research data.
  • SAS JMP combines powerful statistics with dynamic graphics.
  • Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) is found exclusively on St. Thomas campus computers and can perform highly complex data manipulation and analysis.
  • Qualtrics Survey Software allows students to create web-based surveys and web forms to efficiently collect and analyze information.
  • WebEx can be used to host a virtual meeting or an interactive lecture for up to 8 participants.

Office 365

You can use Office 365 to access the Microsoft Office suite from any device to be productive inside and outside of the classroom

Assistive Technologies

Adaptive and assistive technologies can help make resources more available to individuals with disabilities. A list of Adaptive Technology Resources can be found on the Enhancement Program website. There are specific work stations available in both the St. Paul and Minneapolis libraries with these technologies already installed, see their website for additional details.