MSL Professors are encouraged to try to integrate additional interactive online resources into their classes during the period of suspended in-person classes. Students can be actively engaged by using one (or several) of these educational resources that many professors have also used in live classes here at MSL. The following list is not exhaustive. We are most familiar with these applications based on our use of them in class and can recommend them with confidence. If you have other resources you use, please share them with us so we can better inform your colleagues.

1. Edpuzzle
In Edpuzzle, you can shoot a video, create a presentation, upload audio/video, and then create both annotations and interactive questions to go along with the presentation with either audio or text files. Professors can test students’ comprehension and analytical skills regarding what they’ve just seen.

2. Flipgrid
In Flipgrid, Professors can record and upload videos of important segments of between 90 seconds and 5 minutes of class content. Students can then record their own video – 90 seconds to 5 minutes – answering the questions or discussing the topics raised in the Professor’s videos.

3. Kahoot
In Kahoot, teachers can create a short interactive quiz game that is ideal for a live virtual environment with all in-attendance at a designated time.

4. Nearpod
Rather than just a Powerpoint on-screen, Nearpod allows the Professor to export images to the students’ devices. Nearpod enables Professors to add YouTube videos, quizzes, matching, and a number of other features that permit students to respond in real-time to the Professor’s prompts.

5. Socrative
In Socrative, Professors can set up and administer multiple choice and short answer style quizzes. Socrative also allows real-time feedback, meaning students can find out if they got the answer correct or incorrect immediately, and then determine why the choice they picked was right/wrong with immediate explanations.

6. Zoom Video Conferencing
Zoom allows Professors the ability to do a face-to-face video conference with small classes. Professors can create a meeting room, then get a single link to distribute to students that everyone can attend the meeting (or class) at. Zoom is ideal for a live virtual class setting.