Online Tools for Hybrid and Remote Teaching

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Welcome to the world in a new abnormal—a world filled with Zoom burn-out (Cauterucci 2020) and new struggles to engage students. Spring 2020 was, for most, a time of haphazard transition from in-person to remote instruction. This Teaching Tools series provides a series of online learning applications for anyone interested in learning more about different platforms, who needs to make an online class for summer or fall 2020, or who is looking for more ways to incorporate instructional technologies in a more deliberate and beneficial way.

While teaching with technology is not new, many educators found this way of instructing to be new and untamed territory. Previous posts from Teaching Tools have pulled together information on using technologies to direct reading and provide engagement opportunities in physical and virtual classrooms (e.g., Wesolowski 2013; Khalikova 2017; Khalikova and Russell 2017; Russell 2017). This current series brings together tools that are not in these previous posts, curated for specific tasks. Are you wondering how to make short videos for presenting materials to your students? Are you looking for platforms that allow you to see what students are annotating most in the texts you assign? Are you looking for platforms useful for visual group brainstorming and discussions? The series addresses tools that have been used by contributors, highlighting different ways to use each.


Cauterucci, Christina. 2020. “I Will Not Be Attending Your Exhausting Zoom Gathering: We Should Take Comfort in Hating This.” Slate, May 12.

Khalikova, Venera R. 2017. "Teaching with Digital Technology: In-Class Applications." Teaching Tools, Fieldsights, June 2.

Khalikova, Venera R., and Whitney Russell. 2017. "Teaching with Digital Technology: An Introduction." Teaching Tools, Fieldsights, April 24.

Russell, Whitney. 2017. "Teaching With Digital Technology: Online Classes." Teaching Tools, Fieldsights, August 17.

Wesolowski, Katya. 2013. "Online Resources and Blogging as Pedagogical Tools." Teaching Tools, Fieldsights, May 22.

Posts in This Series

Lecture Tools for Online Teaching: Video, Narrated, and Interactive

Lecture Tools for Online Teaching: Video, Narrated, and Interactive

For the first post of this series, we are highlighting platforms that invite you to step back from your lecturing soap box, as many studies have shown that lect... More

Annotation Tools for Online Teaching

Annotation Tools for Online Teaching

The aim of this post is to explore different tools that can be used to allow students to have interactive and collaborative reading experiences with texts assig... More

Visual Collaboration and Brainstorming Tools for Student Teams

Visual Collaboration and Brainstorming Tools for Student Teams

Group brainstorms and projects can be a great way to get students to work collaboratively on course topics, engage in more open-ended discussions, and develop a... More