Who Likes What?

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Recently, Campus Technology polled hundreds of education professionals to ask them which products they think are truly the best.

So here’s what they said (in Campus Technology’s first-ever higher education “gear of the year” guide):

Learning Management and E-learning

  1. Blackboard Learn
  2. Moodle
  3. Instructure Canvas

(Law schools would probably have chosen Westlaw TWEN.)


  1. Blackboard Learn
  2. Moodle
  3. Chalk & Wire Learning Assessment

Other Instructional Tools

  1. Grammarly (grammar check that builds in plagiarism detection)
  2. Esri ArcGIS Online (mashes maps, apps & data to help with decision-making)
  3. DreamBox Learning Math and Learning.com (k-12 remediation)

Student Information Systems & Data Management

  1. Ellucian
  2. Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
  3. Blackbaud Student Information System

Enterprise Resource Planning

  1. Ellucian
  2. Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
  3. Campus Management

Constituent Relationship Management

  1. Ellucian
  2. Salesforce
  3. Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions

Student Success/Retention

  1. Ellucian
  2. Hobsons’ Starfish
  3. Campus Labs

Student Response Systems

  1. i>clicker
  2. Turning Technologies
  3. Poll Everywhere

Lecture Capture

  1. Adobe Presenter and Echo360 (tie)
  2. Sonic Foundry Mediasite and Panopto (tie)

Document Cameras

  1. Elmo USA Visual Presenter and Epson DC series (tie)
  2. Smart Document Camera


  1. Epson
  2. Sony
  3. Canon and InFocus (tie)

Interactive Whiteboards

  1. Smart Technologies
  2. Epson
  3. Sharp

Video/Web Conferencing

  1. Polycom
  2. Microsoft Skype for Business (Lync)
  3. Cisco TelePresence

Virtual Classroom & Meeting

  1. Citrix GoToMeeting
  2. Blackboard Collaborate and Google Hangouts (tie)

Classroom Audio Distribution/sound enhancement

  1.  Smart Audio
  2. Lightspeed and Califone (tie)


  1. Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) CaptionSync
  2. Telestream and 3Play Media (tie)

Office/Productivity Suites

  1. Microsoft Office/Office 365
  2. Google Apps
  3. Adobe Creative Cloud

Classroom Presentation

  1. Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. Prezi
  3. Apple Keynote

Multimedia Authoring Suites/Creative Software

  1. Adobe Creative Cloud
  2. Apple Creativity Apps

E-Learning Authoring

  1. TechSmith Camtasia
  2. Adobe Creative Cloud
  3.  SmartBuilder

Media Tablets

  1. Apple iPad
  2.  Samsung Galaxy Tab
  3. Google Nexus, Dell Venue and Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (tie)


  1. Google
  2. Samsung
  3. Lenovo and Dell (tie)

Windows Tablet

  1. Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro
  2. Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
  3. Dell Venue and Samsung (tie)

Convertible & 2-in-1 Notebooks

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
  2. Dell Venue/Inspiron
  3. HP EliteBook Revolve and Spectre


  1. Apple
  2. Dell
  3. HP

Virtual Desktops & Thin Clients

  1. Citrix XenDesktop
  2. HP Thin Client solutions
  3. Dell Wyse

Wireless Access Points & Hotspots

  1. Cisco
  2. Netgear
  3. Aruba Networks

3D Printers

Stratasys MakerBot

Emergency Notifications

  1. Blackboard Connect and AlertNow
  2. Message Logix Campus Alerts
  3. Rave Mobile Safety

Any agreements or disagreements based on what you use at your law school?

(I have BOLDED those that we use here.)


One Response to Who Likes What?

  1. Just dropping in to suggest http://www.blueline.blue as a tool to help with cite checking legal writing. The tool automatically converts citations into hyperlinks to case law. For law students the application is probably most useful for its ability to speed up journal work–because law students can quickly check the accuracy of all quotations.

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