Instructional Tools

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a web-based conferencing tool used to share information, collaborate and host meetings over the internet. Adobe Connect is integrated with the Institutes learning management system, D2L, for easy access and setup. This tool can be used to host live class sessions, study groups or presentations.

To learn more about setting up and using Adobe Connect, please refer to the getting started guide.

Classroom Response Systems

The Institute uses the Turning Technologies clicker system, which includes the TurningPoint Anywhere software.  While presenting, faculty pose questions or present case study problems, and students use a remote control device to wirelessly respond. TurningPoint Anywhere can be used in conjunction with any combination of presenter tools (PowerPoint, Keynote, SMART Notebook etc.).

Presentation Voice-Overs

Camtasia Studio is a software application that allows for “screen capture”, recording of PowerPoint presentations with accompanying voiceovers. Camtasia can be a useful tool for creating short video lectures or tutorials that can then be presented via D2L. Camtasia is available for faculty use in the Learning Nook computers on the 4th floor.

For more information about this topic, please submit a ticket request with the MGH Institute IT Help Desk.


NetAnatomy is designed to teach human anatomy to students of the health professions, including undergraduate medical and health sciences students. NetAnatomy also serves as a place to review anatomy after one’s initial exposure to the subject, e.g. students beginning a clinical rotation, USMLE (National Board) preparation, etc. Its use in the early years of various residency programs has also been established.

Access to NetAnatomy is available to anyone but only when on the Partners Network.

Lecture Capture and Recording

D2L Capture is a lecture capture and webcasting tool that enables instructors to record presentations – with audio, video and visual aids from the computer – and broadcast them to students via D2L.

Milestone is camera software that allows faculty to record and project in-class demonstrations in 2CC or record client sessions in the Speech, Language and Literacy Center located in the IMPACT Practice Center in 2CW. Milestone is installed in all 2CW classrooms, as well as on all computers in the Speech, Language and Literacy Center. Please contact a member of the User Support team in IT to have Milestone installed on a faculty laptop or desktop.

To request a lecture to be captured, please submit a ticket request with the MGH Institute IT Help Desk.

SMART Board and SMART Notebook

Every classroom across campus is equipped with either a full size SMART Board or a SMART Podium computer monitor installed. With either product, faculty can interact with digital content and annotate over presentations using the interactive pen.

SMART Notebook is an interactive presentation software. Lectures can be built before class within SMART Notebook and annotated over during class. For class rooms with white board space, SMART Notebook is a create way to provide a digital white board space by using blank slides to project your real-time lecture notes.

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Purchasing Windows 8

If you purchase a new windows laptop the operating system must be Windows 7 or Windows 8 Pro or higher. We cannot encrypt laptops that run Windows 8.