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Teaching Tools: Learner Engagement

Learner Engagement tools encourage student active and collaborative learning through online communication, collaboration, and social networking. Explore the Learn more… links to find additional resources.

Canvas (Instructure)/Online@UT

Canvas is the online learning management system at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Online@UT is the university-branded name. This online learning management system offers an easy user interface, content and media management, ePortfolios, an enhanced mobile experience, attendance tracking, robust learning analytics, and more. Canvas offers a variety of communication, collaboration, and assessment tools, such as Announcements, Conversations, Discussions, Groups, Quizzes, Rubrics, and Assignments.

Learn more at Online@UT (Canvas) Resources for Faculty.

Google for Education

Google for Education provides faculty, staff, and students access to several Google applications and services that encourage flexible and secure learning, collaboration, and communication.
Learn more about Google for Education.

LiveOnline@UT (Zoom)

Zoom is a web-based conferencing software that allows faculty, students and staff to have interaction in real time from their computers and mobile devices. LiveOnline@UT is the university-branded name.
Learn more about LiveOnline@UT (Zoom).


Materia is a web-based app that allows you to customize prebuilt learning interactions and games (called widgets) for use in your Canvas courses. Widgets can be useful study tools and low-stakes knowledge checks. You can also allow your students to create widgets to submit as assignments.
Learn more about Materia.

Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based suite of applications, that includes MS Teams; established productivity tools, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; and new apps such as Planner or Sway. Microsoft 365 allows for anytime, anywhere access to these apps through your browser or mobile device.
Learn more about Microsoft 365.

Personal Response Systems (Clickers)

Personal Response Systems (Clickers) allows instructors to gather feedback, gauge understanding, and support collaboration among students. Polling can be done from students’ computers (desktop or laptop, Mac OS, or Windows) with a physical device (clicker) and students’ mobile devices via native apps (iOS and Android) or web-browsers. Polling results can be integrated with Canvas.

Learn more about Personal Response Systems (Clickers).