Academic Technology

Academic Technology is a department within the Office of Information Technology (OIT) that consults with academic audiences within the institution on their curricular and research technology needs. 

Our catalog of services provides details regarding the tools, techniques, and services available to faculty, students and staff at CU Denver and CU Anschutz. However, in general, the Academic Technology team can: 

  • Consult, advise, and train on the use of software in our catalog
  • Collaborate on best practices for teaching with digital tools
  • Partner with faculty, schools, colleges, and departments on implementing innovative ideas in digital pedagogy
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The Academic Technology Applications and Design team are current working on the following initiatives.


Engaging with key constituents through a listening tour to gather feedback. The information gathered from the tour will assist in the creation of a roadmap to enhance the services, support, and processes for Canvas and our other academic technology tools.

Techsmith Knowmia Replacement

Techsmith has discontinued the Knowmia product. Our current contract expires June 30, 2022. A search will begin to find a replacement product and develop a migration plan. Pilot

Beginning this summer, OIT and Thinqstudio will be partnering on a Hypothesis pilot. Hypothesis is a social annotation tool embedded into Canvas and allows you and your students to make reading more active, visible and more social! This pilot is open to all faculty. More information, including how to sign up, will be coming soon!

Blackboard Ally Adoption and Rollout

Blackboard Ally is a tool provided by OIT and integrated into Canvas to assist in improving the accessibility of your course and course content. We are working with key groups on campus on a larger adoption and rollout plan for Fall 2021.

Canvas Data Project

Canvas will be releasing an updated data set in the coming months. OIT will create a series of Tableau dashboards which can be used by all schools and colleges to view and analyze data from Canvas. We are currently working on gathering stakeholder requirements. 

Canvas Enrollment Provisioning Project

OIT will be updating the enrollment provisioning process from CUSIS to Canvas. Enhancements will include more accurate rosters based on CUSIS and quicker provisioning of users (within 5 minutes of CUSIS activity).

Namecoach Implementation 

Namecoach is software designed to increase inclusion and belonging. Namecoach will be available to students, faculty, and student-facing staff within Canvas and eventually within CUSIS. 

Roadmap details coming soon. 
Roadmap details coming soon.
Roadmap details coming soon.