The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is committed to providing UM instructors with the resources and supports they need in order for their teaching journey to be as enjoyable and successful as possible.

The following is a list of learning technology tools offered by The Centre that are fully supported by The Centre or in cooperation with Information Services and Technology. This support includes workshops, Ask an Expert sessions, troubleshooting and support documentation. In addition, these tools have all been evaluated to meet the Access and Privacy, as well as IT security requirements of the U of M.

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Video Conferencing

Cisco Webex

Cisco Webex is the video conferencing solution for teaching and learning supported by The Centre and Information Services and Technology.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Fully integrated with UM Learn
  • Secure and reliable
  • Class attendance is automatically generated after each session

Instructors can:

  • establish virtual office hours
  • record and stream their classes
  • poll students
  • easily share content and visual aids
  • create breakout sessions for students to collaborate and share ideas

To learn how to activate your account, visit Cisco Quick Guides.

For further support documentation, Ask an Expert and workshops, visit Cisco Webex.

Learning Management System

UM Learn

UM Learn is the University of Manitoba’s Learning Management System (LMS) and supports the delivery of face-to-face, online and blended courses. It is a recommended tool for face-to-face courses but is compulsory for online and blended courses.

Key Features and Benefits

Through UM Learn, instructors can securely:

  • distribute course materials
  • create and collect assignments
  • deliver quizzes/surveys
  • add a teaching assistant or grader/marker to a course
  • use rubrics and a gradebook

To view quick tutorials on how to get started with the basics, visit the UM Learn Contingencies for Teaching.

For further support documentation, frequently asked questions, Ask an Expert, and workshops, visit UM Learn.

Please note: Microsoft Teams is not a learning management system and therefore does not replace UM Learn. Microsoft Teams is meant for student, staff, and faculty collaboration.

Classroom Polling

iClicker Cloud

iClicker Cloud is an active learning tool that can be used by instructors to poll or quiz students and receive feedback in real time.

Key Benefits and Features

  • Free for both students and instructors
  • Secure and reliable
  • Students can respond by using either their mobile device or laptop
  • Integrated with UM Learn, meaning instructors can quickly transfer grades from iClicker Cloud to the UM Learn gradebook
  • Provides opportunities for in-class discussions
  • Maintains students’ focus on the topic at hand

Instructors can create a variety of polling question types, including:

  • multiple-choice
  • short answer
  • numeric and
  • target questions

To learn how to create an iClicker Cloud account for your course, access support documentation, Ask An Expert, and workshops, visit iClicker Cloud.


Respondus 4.0

Respondus 4.0 makes it easier to create and manage your exams in UM Learn!

Key Features

  • Save time by being able to work offline on your PC and publish to UM Learn when ready.
  • Preview, print and/or publish text directly from your online/remote learning course
  • Easily move tests, exams and quizzes from one course to another
  • Insert mathematical and scientific formulas and symbols

“How to” Resources

THE CENTRE – Contingencies for Teaching page > UM Learn > Respondus 4.0.

  • Introduction to Respondus 4.0
  • Getting Respondus 4.0 for Instructors
  • Resources and Support for Respondus 4.0


  • In the “Quizzes” subsection of UM Learn you will find Respondus 4.0 and these helpful guides:
  • Respondus 4.0 Quiz Library Template
  • Format of Questions in Word_2020

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor

Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) is a browser that is similar to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, but its settings prevent printing, copying, navigating to another URL, accessing other applications, or closing an online quiz/test/exam until it is submitted for grading using the same computer. 

Respondus Monitor records students during a quiz, test or exam in UM Learn via a webcam and microphone. Instructors can review these videos at a later time, if deemed necessary.

Note:  Respondus LDB can be used on its own, but Respondus Monitor requires Respondus LDB.

“How to” Resources

Instructors should prepare themselves well in advance of the quiz, test, or exam. An array of learning materials is available for this purpose, including:



  • UM Respondus Instructor Guide
  • UM Respondus Monitor Instructor Guide
  • Preparing an Exam for Use with Respondus Monitor and Respondus LDB


  • Respondus Monitor: Protecting the Integrity of Online Exams
  • Preparing an Exam for Use with Respondus Monitor and LockDown Browser
  • Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor Tutorial Video
  • Enable External Links in Respondus LDB Quiz


  • Important: Respondus Practice Quiz
  • Respondus Information that may be added to your Syllabus-Example
  • Respondus Monitor: Understanding Proctoring Results

THE CENTRE – Contingencies for Teaching

Considerations for Use of Respondus LDB and Respondus Monitor

  • Syllabus updates are required – If you choose to enable Respondus LDB, you must indicate this in your syllabus and include the minimum requirements for its use.
  • Practice quizzes – Set up practice quizzes for your students to take before their actual quiz, test or exam is scheduled so they can become familiar and comfortable navigating their way through.
  • Create two versions – If students have an issue with Respondus that they can’t resolve, ensure they can gain access to a second version of the quiz, test or exam that is not set up through Respondus. Create a second version by using the “special access” feature in your UM Learn’s quiz tool.
  • Alternative options – Using Respondus is not mandatory. The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning strongly advises that instructors develop an alternative option for assessment for students who are unable to use the Respondus Monitor.

Inform Your Students!

Student awareness and practice are key to the successful use of Respondus applications. Students will be asked to agree to the terms of service, install and set up the applications on their computers and become familiar with how to use them. Please ensure that your students have access to the information and resources they need to prepare well in advance of any quiz, test, or exam with either LockDown Browser or LockDown Browser + Monitor enabled.

“How To” Resources for Students

Point your students towards these resources:

 UM Learn > Your Class > Quizzes

Please Note the Following

The Centre provides technical support for Respondus use.

The use of Respondus is not mandatory and comes with possible constraints such as student internet bandwidth limitations, inability to meet the computer requirements, and increased anxiety.

Please see Academic Integrity for further information on promoting academic integrity and preventing academic misconduct.

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