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Campus Technology 2019 Readers' Choice Awards

What are the best technologies in use at higher education institutions this year? Here's what you told us.

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Most Valuable in the Institution This Year

Platinum: Terra Dotta
What readers said:
"Crisis management and ensuring the safety and well-being of our students abroad is more important than ever. I need to be confident that we are doing all we can, and AlertTraveler was a game changer in my confidence level. I no longer stay awake at night worried that I will miss something going on in the world that could impact our students, because I know AlertTraveler is there and provides valuable, time-sensitive response and resources to me and to my students while they are abroad. I would be lost without this service!"
"Terra Dotta helps us manage our study abroad and international student and scholar services data; their staff is very responsive to requested changes and upgrades, allowing us to continuously improve our advising, compliance and reporting services."

Gold: Zoom
What readers said:
"We have developed a pressing need for videoconferencing and had no previous solution, so Zoom gave us a multifunction room with videoconferencing. Integration plus ease of setup make it ideal for a quick deployment."
"Zoom, [for its] ease of use and the increased communication and productivity of meetings not requiring being in the same physical location."

Silver: Panopto
What readers said:
"Panopto allowed us to capture educational video at scale without expensive hardware overheads."
"Panopto allows for instructors/students to record and share information — another level of interaction."

Learning Management System

Platinum: Blackboard Learn and Instructure Canvas (tie)
Gold: Moodle
Silver: Google Classroom


Platinum: Instructure Canvas
Gold: Blackboard Learn
Silver: Moodle

Other Instructional Tools

Platinum: Grammarly
Gold: ArcGIS Online and Discovery Education (tie)

Top 5 Favorite Technologies Currently Used

Our survey asked, "What are your three favorite technologies that you currently use in your capacity as an education professional?" Here's how readers' responses ranked:

  1. Microsoft Office/Office 365
  2. Google G Suite
  3. Instructure Canvas and Zoom (tie)
  4. Panopto
  5. Terra Dotta

Student Information System

Platinum: Ellucian
Gold: Oracle
Silver: Campus Management

Enterprise Resource Planning

Platinum: Ellucian
Gold: Campus Management
Silver: Oracle

Constituent Relationship Management

Platinum: Ellucian and Salesforce (tie)
Gold: Oracle
Silver: Campus Management

Student Success/Retention

Platinum: Hobsons/Starfish Retention Solutions
Gold: Ellucian
Silver: Campus Labs

Content & Website Management

Platinum: WordPress
Gold: Drupal
Silver: Oracle

Student Response Systems & Classroom Engagement

Platinum: Kahoot!
Gold: iClicker
Silver: Poll Everywhere and Turning Technologies (tie)

Lecture Capture

Platinum: Panopto
Gold: Google Hangouts
Silver: Kaltura

Document Cameras

Platinum: Elmo USA
Gold: Epson
Silver: WolfVision


Platinum: Epson
Gold: Panasonic
Silver: InFocus

Interactive Whiteboards, Displays, Flat Panels & Kiosks

Platinum: Smart Technologies
Gold: Epson
Silver: Samsung

Videoconferencing & Web Conferencing

Platinum: Zoom
Gold: Cisco
Silver: Skype

Virtual Classroom/Meeting Software

Platinum: Zoom
Gold: Google Hangouts
Silver: Blackboard Collaborate

Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement

Platinum: Lightspeed
Gold: Smart Technologies
Silver: AtlasIED

Captioning Tools

Platinum: YouTube
Gold: Techsmith Camtasia
Silver: Adobe Premiere Pro

Classroom Presentation Software

Platinum: Microsoft PowerPoint
Gold: Google G Suite
Silver: Prezi

Office/Productivity Suite

Platinum: Microsoft Office/Office 365
Gold: Google G Suite
Silver: Adobe Creative Cloud

Multimedia Authoring Suites & Creative Software

Platinum: Adobe Creative Cloud
Gold: Apple Creativity Apps
Silver: Ubuntu Studio

E-Learning Authoring

Platinum: Adobe Creative Cloud
Gold: TechSmith Camtasia
Silver: H5P

Favorite Virtual/Augmented Reality Headset or Hardware System

Platinum: Oculus Rift/Quest
Gold: Samsung Gear VR
Silver: Google Cardboard

Favorite Gaming Console

Platinum: Xbox
Gold: PlayStation
Silver: Nintendo Switch

Favorite Gaming PC

Platinum: Dell
Gold: Alienware
Silver: Apple

Favorite Gaming Laptop

Platinum: Dell
Gold: Alienware
Silver: Apple

Media Tablets

Platinum: Apple
Gold: Samsung
Silver: Amazon and Dell (tie)


Platinum: Google
Gold: Dell
Silver: Acer

Windows Tablets

Platinum: Microsoft
Gold: Lenovo
Silver: Dell

Convertible Notebooks/2-in-1 Notebooks

Platinum: Lenovo
Gold: Dell
Silver: HP


Platinum: Dell
Gold: Apple
Silver: HP and Lenovo (tie)

Virtual Desktops and Thin Clients

Platinum: VMware
Gold: Citrix
Silver: HP

Wireless Access Points & Hotspots

Platinum: Cisco
Gold: Aruba Networks/HP
Silver: Netgear

3D Printers

Platinum: HP
Gold: MakerBot
Silver: FlashForge

Network Management, Monitoring and Analysis

Platinum: Cisco
Gold: Microsoft
Silver: VMware

Mobile Device Management

Platinum: Google
Gold: JAMF
Silver: VMware AirWatch

Emergency Notification Services

Platinum: Campus Alerts
Gold: Alertus
Silver: Rave Mobile Safety

Firewall Software

Platinum: Microsoft Windows Firewall
Gold: Kaspersky
Silver: Norton 360

Firewall Hardware/Appliance

Platinum: Cisco
Gold: Barracuda
Silver: McAfee and Palo Alto Networks (tie)

Antivirus Tools

Platinum: Norton
Gold: Microsoft
Silver: McAfee

Who Voted

Our 2019 Readers' Choice Awards polled 502 respondents across a variety of higher education roles and institutions. The breakdown of job categories:

  • 33% Administrators
  • 15% Faculty
  • 25% IT staff
  • 4% Consultants
  • 7% AV specialists
  • 5% Library/media specialists
  • 11% Other

And the breakdown of institution types:

  • 58% Public
  • 27% Private nonprofit
  • 8% Private for-profit
  • 7% Other

Respondents didn't necessarily vote in every category.

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