Please Note: This tutorial page will be removed January 2018. For more information on the deprecation of a number of Catalyst web tools please visit:

We will continue to host links to Gradebook and WebQ in another location to be determined at a later time.


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Catalyst is a suite of online tools provided by the University of Washington to its students and faculty as an aid in teaching, learning, and research. Many of these tools can be used in conjunction with Blackboard. Catalyst also provides a number of online computer-related tutorials and information.

Catalyst Web Tools

Collect It
File dropboxes

Class or project workspaces

File Manager
Web-based file management

Discussion Boards

Track and publish grades

Group Manager
Participant groups

One-question polls

Web-based email forms

Surveys and quizzes

Catalyst Resources


The Learning & Scholarly Technologies (LST) Department at UW Seattle provides technical support for the use of Catalyst Web Tools by faculty and students. We have linked the tutorials created by LST for each of the tools below.