Communications and Collaboration

Yammer, Zoom, and RCCI Announcements facilitate communications in support of research.

Git Repository via GitLab

GitLab is an open-source software platform where members of the Penn State Community can share and collaborate on code. The service is intended for faculty and staff as an administrative service. It is not intended for coursework, nor for use by students.Additionally, GitLab users can:

Google Workspace for Education

Google Workspace for Education is a cloud-based collection of applications licensed by the University to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

Penn State's Google Workspace for Education accounts include the following core set of apps:

Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 empowers users to create, collaborate, and innovate through a host of email, calendaring, and premier applications that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, at any time, on any device.


Qualtrics is a web-based software program that enables users to create surveys to collect and analyze feedback from participants. The surveys can be administered fully anonymously. Qualtrics surveys can be used as both a formative and summative assessment tool. It enables users to export raw data for robust statistic analysis to common file types (csv.


REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Using REDCap's stream-lined process for rapidly developing projects, users may create and design projects using:

Research Exchange

The Office of the Vice President for Research hosts the Research Exchange; a forum for posting current and upcoming research opportunities. Workshop series, training opportunities, proposal admissions, and presentations are among the details posted on the Exchange. 


Yammer is a communications and collaboration platform used by many different groups across Penn State, but which is especially heavily used by IT professionals to ask questions of other IT professionals.  It is open to anyone, and is an excellent forum to directly ask questions of IT people.


Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. This solution provides video, audio, and screen sharing options across multiple platforms, including mobile.

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