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Retirement of Select Catalyst Web Tools

Select Catalyst Web Tools were retired on August 24, 2018 for several reasons. Learn more about the decision to retire the tools.

Which tools were retired?

  • Retired: Collect It, CommonView, GoPost, QuickPoll, UMail, and WebQ Quiz
  • NOT Retired: WebQ Survey and Gradebook

What can I use instead?

For Teaching and Learning Use

The Canvas Learning Management System is a learning management system that supports online teaching and learning course activities. Canvas information and help resources are available here.

If you have been using CommonView for course web sites, learn how to export content from CommonView for later adding to Canvas. Plan to allow four to six hours to completely migrate content.

For Administrative Use

People who have used Catalyst for administrative purposes are encouraged to explore the following options.

Catalyst Tool Description UW-IT Supported Alternative
 Collect It Receive supporting documentation as part of a process initiated elsewhere, with submissions rolling in ad hoc or receive applications (jobs, grants, programs) in various file types.

Google Forms

Microsoft SharePoint Online

Gmail or Microsoft Exchange Online

 CommonView Distribute and collaborate on sensitive info with a small, closed group (e.g., hiring, promotions)

Distribute read-only info to a larger group

Google Sites

UW Sites Network

 GoPost Collaborate to share and/or review a document

Social/casual or topic- or goal-based conversation, within one role-based group (only staff, only students, only housing residents)


Microsoft Yammer

 QuickPoll  One-question surveys Poll Everywhere

 WebQ Quiz  Online quizzes Google Forms

Microsoft Forms

Please contact if you have further questions.