On this page, you will identify which tools are used when communicating with a professor. These online tools include Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, Microsoft Teams and Voicethread.


Zoom is the #1 videoconferencing tool used for classes and meetings at SSW. Zoom is available at by logging in with the SSO login and your UMID. Support is offered through or 410-706-HELP. Zoom is offered as a "Licensed" account to all SSW faculty, staff and students, with equal access to settings, meetings and recordings. See more about Zoom


Voicethread is an asynchronous tool for presentations, communicating and discussion. Please start by reading the student voicethread page  and then view the presentation using this link, in which you can also practice adding a brief comment. You will need to be logged into with your UMID first, in order to add a comment.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams (formally Skype for Business) is a group collaboration tool that provides for team communication, collaboration, persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration using Office 365. This tool is perfect for student group communication. (Note that few if any classes at SSW are officially using this tool, but we mention it because you do have access and can use it to communicate with fellow students.) 

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a tool for synchronous communication that may include audio, video, screen sharing, polls, text chat, breakout rooms, whiteboards, slides, and images. Very few instructors at SSW use Collaborate, as most have changed to using Zoom instead.