Online Teaching and Learning Platforms and Tools

Teaching staff should prepare for online teaching and learning. Undertaking online teaching and learning activities requires preparation. The steps below guide teaching staff to adopt FREE and accessible online tools to enable content delivery, engagement and assessment. Below is a basic guide for preparing a shift from face-to-face teaching to online teaching (we have drawn reference to the resource page developed by Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching of the University of Cape Town).

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Understand the shift from face-to-face to online teaching and learning
Organizing the Calendar
 Create a plan for
online teaching and learning
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Present content
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Engage students in learning activities
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Administer assessment
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Organise and

Engage students in learning activities

  • In a face-to-face context, we encourage student engagement through in-class questions, tutorials, classroom polls, and many other activities. Ensuring student engagement in online teaching and learning requires the teaching staff to re-think existing practices and transform their practices to engage students in the learning activities.

These videos introduce different online tools to engage students in learning activities.

Video-conferencing: Zoom; Discussion: Padlet, Parlay; Video-based assessment: EdPuzzle

Classroom questions

Keep questions short and clear. 

Avoid negatives.


Some practical sessions may need to be rescheduled. There are also online resources, e.g. Merlot, SIMS

  • Consider virtual simulations and demonstrations, and give data to students for further analysis.


Backchannel & Padlet: Using anonymous chat spaces requires preparation.

  • Anonymous chat: 

       Backchannel Padlet

Group work

An online collaborative tool could allow students to write, edit, and comment group tasks wherever they are.