Software Approved by DIT Security

Both the Office of General Counsel and the Department of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing advise against accepting click-through, click wrap and similar agreements to download software and apps.

Click-through and similar agreements are binding legal contracts. Only University of Maryland (UMD) personnel with delegated signature authority (not delegated purchasing authority) are permitted to sign legal agreements on UMD’s behalf. Also, most click-through agreements contain terms and conditions that UMD is prohibited by law from accepting. Instead, UMD personnel should work with the Division of Information Technology (DIT) Procurement team to obtain appropriate contract terms, even for free software and apps.  

Extensive reviews by DIT Security have found that most free software and applications do not come with security features associated with the enterprise version. Additionally, free software is rarely free. The absence of a monetary cost is typically substituted by the vendor mining the user’s data. This data may be protected by federal and state laws and regulations, USM and UMD policies, or the terms of UMD’s legal agreements or both.

Refer to this list of software not recommended for use.

Check with your local IT contact to learn about existing options UMD already offers or the appropriate steps to implement new technology. Some applications have already been approved for ELMS-Canvas integration.

The following third-party tools and apps have been vetted by the DIT Compliance team to ensure they meet the USM IT Standards. Vetting by the DIT Compliance team does not mean that UMD has an enterprise-level contract in place for these third-party tools and apps.

Furthermore, this list is solely for products that have been assessed by the IT Compliance team. A comprehensive review requires a product to be vetted for Privacy, FERPA, ADA and Procurement. Send an email to to initiate or follow up on the review status. 




Content and services that enable institutions to rapidly author, deliver, measure and continually improve outcomes-based learning that adapts to the needs of each learner.


Adobe is a Saas (Software as a service) used for editing and publishing media such as print, video, graphics
and animation.

Adobe Sign 

Service that allows the user to send, sign, track, and manage signature processes

Agile Fleet 

Agile Fleet is a reservation system Facilities Management is looking to implement to assist with vehicle utilization at UMD.

Air Table

Database tool that allows your team easily collaborate and manage information about various data. 


Server-based application system that supports the ordering, describing, discovery, and circulation of each library's physical collections.

Also Asked 

Free keyword research tool for exploring the questions your visitors are asking. 


Alteryx can be used to speed up your processes (accounting close, tax filings, regulatory reporting, forecast creation), automate your processes (reconciliations, consolidations, marketing workflows, system integrations, continuous audits), and enable predictive and geospatial solutions


Promote engagement through email communications, event registration and membership acquisition.

Answer The Public

Answer the Public is a consumer insight tool that listens into autocomplete data from search engines like Google then visualizes them into what could be considered a, “search cloud.” cranks out every useful phrase and question people are asking around your keyword

Articulate 360 

Storyline 360 is designed to deliver an ideal learner experience, the player hides sidebar menus, eliminates browser chrome, and delivers mobile-friendly playback controls optimized for every screen size and orientation.

Asset Works 

An Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) software that provides an extensive range of facilities management tools under a single, unified software platform.

Atlassian (JIRA) 

IT Service Management (ITSM) primarily used for project management and issue tracking software. Can also be used for service desk requests, process automation and onboarding workflows. 

Automation Everywhere

Automation Anywhere allows organizations to automate the processes which are performed by humans. It is a Web-Based Management System that uses a Control Room to run the Automated Tasks. Automation Anywhere tool can automate ends to end business operations for companies


An open-source, time-based media repository.

AWS Educate 

Free online program that gives learners access to free content, such as videos and articles on cloud technology fundamentals, as well as access to online labs where students can use AWS tools and services. The program is self-paced, and optional for educators and students to adopt.




Backblaze is a cloud backup and storage solution.


Beyond The Professoriate

Online professional development training platform for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and PhDs that helps them successfully transition into academic or non-academic careers. This research-driven platform is informed by nearly a decade of experience supporting PhDs to launch new careers with their skills and training.


Data discovery solution to provide actionable data intelligence for data privacy, security and governance.

Blackboard Ally 

An educational solution that improve the student experience by allowing them to tailor their courses in a manner in which they would control content with usability, accessibility and quality in mind.


Box is a cloud-based storage and collaboration system that provides a Web interface for uploading, downloading, sharing, and discussing files.

Buzz Sumo

A cloud-based platform that helps you discover the best engagement content and outreach opportunities across social and search 




Caduceus offers an online course in Personal and Community Health, with the aim of teaching students strategies for improving and maintaining good health.


Software solution that provides modern, efficient, affordable systems and services to support your storage library, circulation, inventory and archive. 


Cambridge is a digital textbook content delivery and assessment platform. eBook and learning management system.

Cambridge Publisher 

Campus Press

Campus Press is a self-service platform that allows users to create and maintain personal websites and blogs. The platform is built on ​WordPress.

Campus Right

Online forms and ticketing solution.


Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content.


CATME team is an NSF-funded research tool that allows faculty to create and manage student teams, conduct peer evaluations, and provide feedback to students.


A courseware platform containing instructional content that is scoped and sequenced to support the delivery of an entire course through software built specifically for educational purposes. It included learning materials and assessments to inform the personalization of instruction using cloud computing. 


Code42 is a centrally-managed cloud-based backup system for Windows and Mac Linux OS


Spend management solution encompassing travel, expense, invoice, compliance and risk.

Connect Wise 

Cloud-based operations management solution that allows technicians/users to perform remote support, and gain remote access. 

Course Leaf

Course leaf is a catalog management solution designed for intuitive editing, manageable workflows and on-demand publishing to web, mobile, tablet and print platforms.


An end-to-end solution for creating, issuing and managing digital credentials.

Crestron Fusion

Creston fusion monitoring and scheduling software adds a layer on intelligence to turn the organization into a high-performance enterprise.

Cypress is a dashboard site and cloud storage solution for image and video results of the Cypress test runner, a free tool they provide for running automated tests against websites. 




Data virtualization tool to enable reporting from various data sources.

Digital Ed

Used to develop engaging and interactive content for a relatively more hands-on learning experience. Lessons can be in the format of text, videos, interactive applications adjustable plots and more


Online calendar tool for time management, and coordinating meetings. 


Help instructors run feedback-centric classrooms.


Cloud file storage and collaboration tool. 




EduSourced provides a software platform to support experiential learning and other team-based activities 


EnGen formally known as "Voxy" is a virtual English-language education and training platform. 


Enables the university to meet the digital accessibility needs of your clients, students, and employees with the PDF. Conversion Software and Services. Their professional Digital Accessibility Services include web accessibility testing, web accessibility training and accessibility consulting, as well as VPAT completion.




Enables research analysis, which allows the user to identify trends in scored test data. 


Flowbird is an easy to use parking payment and ticketing system

Frederic Giles 

A WordPress plugin that migrates all the Drupal data from Drupal to WordPress: custom contents, custom taxonomies, images, comments, users, and attachments.


FreshDesk is a cloud-based customer support software that supports multiple channels, including live chat, email, phone, and social media.


IT Service desk solution hosted in AWS cloud that offers a range of services that include incident management, asset management and service catalog. 


FusionSport provides analytics tools for maximizing the performance and health of student-athletes. Leverage data to provide insights for coaches and athletes in order to minimize the risk of injury and illness, and maximize readiness to perform in a competitive environment.




Google Apps For Education (GAFE), is a cloud-based suite of productivity tools that utilizes a single interface and provides access to applications such as Email, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Hangouts. These applications are intended to give the university community a safer platform in a competitive environment.  

Google Drive 

A cloud file storage and synchronization service was developed to allow users to store, share and synchronize files across devices.  


GradeScope is an online grading system that allows instructors to leave detailed feedback on digitally submitted assignments and access assignment analytics.


An English language digital writing tool using artificial intelligence and natural language processing. 

Great River Learning 

A digital, interactive textbook(s) that stores students' responses to questions and assignments and the corresponding points associated with the completion of those assignments.


The ClinCard system that combines electronic payment technology with real-time messaging functionality to automate payments made to trial participants.


 An enterprise group and access management system. Grouper simplifies access management by letting you use the same group or role in many places in your organization. It automates changes to access privileges as a person's role changes


A Microsoft group messaging service that offers both a web and app-based user interface. 

Gym aware 

The Gym Aware power tool attaches to weight lifting bars and measures the velocity and power output of athletes displaying locally on an Apple iPad.




Halo provides a secure, cloud-based messaging platform ( mobile app & web client/desktop) for athletics department staff ( coaches, trainers, PT/sport med, physicians & other support staff).


For sharing programmatic documents, setting up virtual meetings, announcing and advertising staff events, and a centralized hub to communicate through "forum-like" posts and instant messaging. 

Happy Scribes 

Happy Scribe is a machine transcription service that can inexpensively transcribe audio files in119 languages.


Discussion forum tool.


Cloud platform based on managed container system, integrated data services and a powerful ecosystem, for deploying and running modern apps. 


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Honorlock is an on-demand, online test proctoring solution that allows students to complete graded assignments remotely while ensuring academic integrity. Honorlock requires students to be monitored via camera.


HubSpot is an all-in-one inbound marketing software that provides clients with everything needed to get found, engage new people, and nurture them. Used to automate and personalize online marketing efforts, increase ways of getting found by prospective students through blogs and social media, as well as utilize HubSpots’ analytical capabilities to measure traffic and drive conversion of prospective students.


An advanced appointment & queuing system that makes it easy for students to schedule help sessions with course staff, tutors and advisors remotely.


Hushmail for Healthcare Education is a fully hosted web-based email service that gives users the ability to encrypt emails within the service. Users can also use Hushmail for Healthcare Education to encrypt emails that are sent via traditional email services.



IBM Watson Cloud Service

Watson is a question-answer system that was built to apply advanced processing, knowledge representation, automated reasoning and machine learning technologies.


Dashboards is a data visualization solution that can transform your data reporting into interactive business intelligence dashboards.


Informatica IICS is used to transfer data between Data Warehous to particular UMD sources and targets


web-based data visualization and infographics platform


A cloud-based collaborative application that allows users to manage and track project workflow, assign and manage team members, and receive notifications for overdue items. Through this application, users can also easily share proofs with team members for their review and provide feedback to one another, helping to streamline creative projects.



A Case Management and investigative software 




Jira Service Desk is a helpdesk request tracker. It lets you receive, track, manage and resolve requests from your team's customers. The app comes with a self-service web portal where customers fill out forms to ask for help.

Jones & Bartlett

Jones & Bartlett Learning offers students a wide variety of affordable courseware options. The intended use is to use the Navigate2 LMS platform to host UMD courses.




A video management tool that allows faculty and students to create, host, and share video and audio inside the ELMS Courses environment. Users upload audio and video directly to ELMS using the Kaltura Media tools. Users can choose to manage their media across all their courses, create screen recordings, or capture webcam video.


Knewton provides a course that utilizes adaptive learning technology for a personalized educational experience.

Kuali Research 

Kuali provides a modular solution for the entire research lifecycle, including Pre-Award and Post-Award management, Export Controls, Conflict of Interest/Commitment disclosures, and Protocols for human, animal, and biosafety research.




LabArchives is a web-based application designed for scientists and teachers to collaboratively organize and share their research and educational content.


Labster provides cloud=based science lab simulation software for use in place of physical labs across multiple science disciplines.

LIFT Innovate

Provides a web portal for student-athletes and tutors to join tutoring sessions.

LockDown Browser

Specialized browser for taking quizzes in ELMS-Canvas. It prevents test takers from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. 




Email marketing service.


 Efficiently generate quotes and contracts, and build a repository with accurate enriched metadata while streamlining data flow with disjointed departments, systems and workflows. This real time intelligence from people-process-technology-data working in unison helps speed up transactions while recognizing buying and spending patterns. 


MATLAB combines a desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly. It includes the Live Editor for creating scripts that combine code, output, and formatted text in an executable notebook.


Maxient LLC develops online software to receive and manage the student conduct case load. The company's product is used by colleges and universities for receiving incident reports via the web, tracking and managing behavioral issues, and providing timely analytics. 

McGraw Hill

Digital teaching and learning solution that Strengthen the link between instructors, students and course materials with Connect’s proven teaching and learning solution. When using Connect, students are more engaged with course content, can better prioritize their time, and come to class ready to participate


MediaSite is a desktop (slideshow and screencast) capture, video editing, and streaming product created by the Sonic Foundry company.  It allows you to record audio, video, and screen content. That can be used in lectures, course content, presentation and more.  Below are links to learn more about support and training.


To generate references, citations and bibliographies. A library of papers can be added to the cloud service to access stored papers from anywhere.

Ming Press 

Content delivery and administration tool supporting fully remote and hybrid-course structures

Miro Virtual Whiteboard 

Miro is the online collaborative whiteboard platform that enables distributed teams to work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows


MobLab is a cloud-based learning platform that uses economic games and interactive experiments.


Modo Labs’ middleware platforms offer dozens of pre-built standard modules such as Agenda, Athletics, Courses, Dining, Directory, Events, Indoor Maps, Library, News, Maps and Registrar. Modo has the capability to send targeted push notifications to specific individuals. 

A project management tool that enables organizations to manage tasks, projects, and teamwork.


This is a helper app for macOS and Windows that makes computers easier to use for those who have trouble understanding and using them including people with disabilities.

MyLab & Mastering 


Moz is recognized for building best-in-class Search Engine Optimization (SEO) software solutions.




Name Badge aims to solve the common problem of name mispronunciation and gender pronoun communication in as many critical settings as possible. Name Badge provides a simple and effective solution: audio name pronunciations embedded online to easily learn and remember how to say them. Promote campus diversity, equity, and inclusion & foster student achievement. Help prospective and new students feel like they belong from the first moment. Improve rapport with alumni and donors on fundraising and engagement calls.


Payment credit card gateway provider 


 Creates a powerful yet easy-to-use engagement solution that maximizes possibilities for organizations. 


The NuPark technology platform creates a virtual permit via License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. Their SaaS revolutionizes the everyday management of parking operations. The solution is a modern cloud application and e-commerce solution designed for permit management and parking enforcement.



Office 365 

Office 365 is Microsoft’s latest offering in their line of Office software. Using cloud-based application hosting.

One Drive

OneDrive is a file hosting service and synchronization service operated by Microsoft as part of its web version of Office.


Centralize insights across IT and Security operations to identify, evaluate, and treat risk based on your business objectives.


Opendorse Ready is used to evaluate and educate student-athletes on social media profiles and NIL opportunities.


All-in-one email signature marketing and management platform




PackBack is an online discussion-based learning platform that uses AI to enhance moderation.


Panopto is a single mobile-ready solution for video management, recording, live streaming, video search,
quizzing, analytics, and more.


Pearson Revel

Revel is an interactive learning environment that seamlessly blends authors' narrative, media, and assessment, enabling students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.



Piazza is a learning management system that allows students to ask questions in a forum format, and instructors to moderate the discussion and endorse accurate answers.

Place Tempo 

A mobile app that shows students the best places to study based on their productivity needs.


A placement test platform that provides an online assessment based on the university’s own existing placement tests or a variety of placement tests accessible through the platform.


From inside Canvas, instructors can create an assignment that requires students to interact with the video they watch


Portfolium allows university students and recent graduates to present previous work with employers.





Qualtrics is a cloud-based platform for creating and distributing web-based surveys. 


Quiz Extensions

Quiz Extensions help to address accommodations for students with special needs.


Quottly is a course discovery, registration, and equivalency platform. 


Quuly is an advanced appointment & queuing system that makes it easy for students to schedule help sessions with course staff, tutors and advisors remotely.



Reality Capture


Help college and university students prepare for the interview process



HR-reported aggregate market pay data and traditional compensation survey data

SAP Concur 

Travel and expense management application

Sensus Access 

self-servive solution that automates the conversion of the documents into a range of alternative formats including digital Braile, MP3, Daisy and e-books 


Web-based solution to create quizzes 

SIS Connect 

AIP for Faculty and some staff. First Day for students and faculty to select/identify first day courses in their LMS


Tool to evaluate any web page for accessibility issues at any given time.


Slack offers many IRC-style features, including persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging


Slate is a comprehensive CRM platform that encompasses prospecting and application, communications, tracking and reporting for higher education.


Desktop imaging software

SONA Systems 

Cloud-based participant management solution is the leading-edge platform for helping administrators and researchers launch full-scale research, provide quality user experience, and access
participation information or study schedules anywhere in the world, from an array of web-accessible devices. 


Soncoent is an audio note-taking solution. This platform enables the ability to capture audio, text and slides in a single note-taking workspace. Additionally, turn notes into a variety of formats to suit alternative learning styles. 


SparkToro is an “Audience Intelligence” platform designed to give marketers a deeper understanding of the websites that an audience reads and who that audience follows. The platform has the ability to essentially, “collect” information about people’s digital habits,


Online platform that provides keywords that websites buy on Google Ads, as well as keywords used for search engine results. The service also gives the cost per click and search volume statistics on keywords and uses that data to approximate what websites are spending on advertising.


Starfish offers student success solutions and related services to harness the power of the campus community to engage, motivate, and graduate more students–securing valuable tuition revenue through greater student persistence.


Suitable is a web and mobile solutions to help institutions track and assess their curricular/co-curricular activities while increasing participation and overall completion in flagship student programs and

Survey Monkey 

SurveyMonkey allows one to easily create surveys, quizzes, and polls for any audience. Gather feedback via weblink, email, mobile chat, social media, and more. Automatically analyze your
results and get powerful analysis features. Export your results or integrate your data with your favorite apps.

SumTotal Learn

SumTotal Enterprise Learning Management System (SumTotal Learn) provides advanced functionality for achieving higher employee productivity with unified talent development.


T delivers personalized, real-time customer service through a secure chat session. The application allows one to monitor traffic on their website and be present when visitors need help.


Teamworks is a project management software that intends to merge collaborative coordination of workloads and projects within the University. Teamwork's proposed solution is to implement a
centralized project management solution that is intuitive for both staff and students.


Cloud-based task manager. 


Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process

Turning Technologies 

Turning Technologies offers cloud-based solutions that allow faculty to engage with their students and create an interactive learning environment through the use of student response systems and other tools.


Turnitin is a plagiarism detection solution.




Venngage is an online tool for creating infographics, reports, and data visualizations. First, users choose a template or color scheme, then they can add text, change fonts, and add widgets, charts, and icons (among many other features)


Vincent is a solution for the compensation of research study participants. Its unique features and functionality allow for the issuance of anonymous, reloadable, stored value cards.

Virtual Animal Anatomy

Is an innovative online anatomy program The program allows the luxury of self-paced, individualized learning and provides a focal point around which the instructor and student can exchange ideas and make interpretations of course content.

VLAD Performance 

VALD Force Plates will be used to test the force generation of UMD Football Athletes. The product is a hardware/software combination. Accordingly, there will be a physical asset that produces data that is stored in a cloud environment




Weebly is a web hosting service, headquartered in San Francisco. Weebly's free online website creator uses a simple widget-based site builder that operates in the web browser. All the site elements are drag-and-drop, and it automatically generates a mobile version of each website.

Well Spring Sophia 

Knowledge Management software 


WileyPLUS is an online teaching and learning environment that integrates digital textbooks with instructors and student resources to fit every learning style.


WIX is a solution for the compensation of research study participants. Ltd. is an Israeli software company, providing cloud-based web development services. It allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.


Financial management and human capital management software


Wowza is a live video streaming platform with industry-leading technology delivering broadcast-quality live streaming to any sized audience on any device


Cloud-based collaboration and project and task management software. It is designed to improve the speed and efficiency of work in both co-located and distributed group




Yet Another Mail Merger allows one to send your own personalized, trackable email campaigns from your Gmail account. 


Yellowdig is an online discussion platform for students. 





Software not recommended for use