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Other Tools for Staff

This page lists other digital education tools available to staff for learning and teaching. You'll also find links to guidance for tools currently being piloted on this page. A pilot involves us trying out a tool to see if it meets users needs. It is also an opportunity to identify areas where it might need to be improved before more widespread use.

These are in addition to the main list of tools and systems.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

BoB (Box of Broadcasts) is a shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. Learn more about BoB.


CampusPress is a tool for creating blogs and websites for teaching and learning purposes. Powered by WordPress, staff and students can create and manage their own blogs, using a range of accessible themes. It can also be used for assessment purposes by creating a class blog, in which the instructor has oversight of their student’s work. Learn more about CampusPress.

Explorance Blue / Module Evaluations Tool

Explorance Blue is the system used by the University to deliver module evaluation surveys. Learn more about Explorance Blue.

Jisc Discovery Tool

The Jisc Discovery Tool allows you to assess your digital capabilities. It aims to aid understanding and self-reflection and then highlights opportunities for you to develop your skills. Learn more about the Discovery Tool.


MATLAB Grader lets you set coding assignments for formative quizzes and and summative assessments with automated feedback. It has been integrated into Minerva and supports rich text, images, hyperlinks, and LaTeX equations in problem descriptions. Learn more about MATLAB Grader.


Möbius can be used to create and set self-paced STEM assessments and interactive learning activities. It has been integrated into Minerva, so your students can access it easily from within your Minerva modules. Learn more about Möbius.


This online service allows interactive coding lessons to be created using a cloud-based computational notebook service. Learn more about Noteable.


Podcasting is available through two systems to accommodate different approaches to using the content style: Soundtrap for Education supporting module activities and audio assessment, and PodBean for podcasts intended for distribution. In pilot. Learn more about Podcasting tools.

Reading List System

The Library collect staff reading list recommendations using the Minerva Reading Lists system. Learn more about the system.

Online Surveys  

Online Surveys (formerly Bristol Online Surveys or BOS) is a powerful, easy to use tool for designing, distributing and analysing online surveys. Learn more about Online Surveys.

SimVenture Evolution

SimVenture Evolution is online business simulation software. Staff can create simulations that can be played by individual students or teams. Staff can also define if simulations engage students to collaborate or compete. In pilot. Learn more about Simventure Evolution.

SimVenture Validate

SimVenture Validate is an online ideation and Business model Canvas platform. Your students can use it to ideate, map, test, and share their business ideas. In pilot. Learn more about the SimVenture Validate.


Turn digital assets into interactive materials by adding icons or tags to embed video, text, audio, infographics and more. Your users will be able to hover over a tag or icon to interact with additional content. In pilot. Learn more about ThingLink.