Learning Technology Tips & Strategies: Tech - Software & Tools
What's on this page?
This page includes software/apps and tools that can assist you with your online courses. If you'd like help with these or other tech tools, please contact a Library Tech Tutor via the library chat (during library hours) OR contact the UH ITS Help Desk (available 24/7).
If you know of other useful tools, software, or strategies for online courses that could help other students, please email your suggestions to Shavonn Matsuda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Laulima is the course management and collaborative resources tool supported for enhanced/total online teaching and collaborative projects at the University of Hawaii.
- Student Orientation to Laulima - A brief introduction to basic concepts in Laulima
- Student Tutorials - Presentations on specific tasks and tools in Laulima (in Flash, PowerPoint, or html format)
- Student FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Laulima
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is a free PDF viewer for opening and interacting with PDF content. Use Adobe Reader for viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents, including forms and multimedia.
Want to use your smart phone to scan a document?
Adobe Scan is a free app that enables you to easily capture and convert documents, forms, business cards, receipts, whiteboards, and whatever other piles of paper may be crowding your desk into high-quality Adobe PDFs. It's easy to use - basically, take a picture with your phone camera and the app turns it into a PDF.
Microsoft Office 365
All UH faculty, staff and students are eligible for Office Online, which is a basic, browser-based version of Microsoft Office. Visit https://products.office.com/en-us/free-office-online-for-the-web for more information.
Visit UH's ITS website for more info about availability (and discounts) on Microsoft 365 and other software available through UH.
Zoom Quickstart Guide for Students
This was specially created for UHMC students and has all the info you need to get started - downloading Zoom, how to join a "meeting" session, how to enable audio and/or video once in a session, etc
Additional help resources available on the Zoom website:
Do I need an account to attend a Zoom meeting?
No, an Zoom account is not needed to attend a meeting. Only those that host meetings will need a Zoom account.
Is Zoom free? Do you have to pay for Zoom?
Yes correct, Zoom is free to download and use. There are different Zoom plans but the free version should provide all the tools you need for your classes.
Other Virtual Meeting Software
Info and instructions for Zoom and Google Meet are highlighted elsewhere on this page. But, there are other virtual meeting and webinar software you can use to facilitate virtual meetings and connections. Here's a few options that have free versions and/or extended free versions during the current COVID19 public health emergency.
Printing - Ink Cloud Portal's Mail option
While the library building is closed, we recommend that students use the INK CLOUD PORTAL mail option.
From the online INK PORTAL, you are able to upload files to be printed and mailed to you. Mailing costs between $1.39 and $1.69.
If you already have an INK account, you'll know that it's very inexpensive to print using INK.
If you've never used the INK printer in the library before, you can use the code freshink for a free $1 printing credit.
Please contact the library if you have any questions or need additional help.
Google Hangouts Meet
Google Hangouts Meet is a video-conferencing tool available to all UH users.
Until July 1, 2020, Google has allowed users to have:
- Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
- Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
- The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive