Published: Oct. 12, 2020

Twitter post mocking the banality of typical discussion postsOnline discussion forums can begin to feel stale as the semester progresses. Shake up your discussions and encourage creativity with engaging, easy-to-use technology tools that are FREE for students and instructors.

Padlet allows students to contribute to a collaborative virtual “corkboard,” and Flipgrid lets students record short videos in place of traditional written responses. Both tools are available to educators and students at no cost. (Some Padlet features are restricted for free accounts; paid subscriptions are available for a low monthly cost.)

Too busy to try a new tool? Invite your students to liven up Canvas-based discussions by embedding images, recording video or audio, sharing video, or hyperlinking to additional resources in their posts. 

To learn more about these tools or for guidance on facilitating online discussions, contact us to schedule a consultation with a member of the ASSETT staff.