Technology for Learning Activities


Each of the dropdown headings below has suggestions for in-class, hybrid, and online learning activities and associated technology tools with links and instructions for implementation. Please use the button to make any suggestions you might have in a Google Form:


Learning activities and associated technology options:


Course Component Technology Modality Technology Options Instructions Suggestions
Lecture Class lectures:  Synchronous

Classroom Technology: see My Hub

Online: Use Zoom

Online: Use PowerPoint in Zoom to narrate slides (record the Zoom session and upload it to Canvas)

My Hub > Classrooms

Zoom at Emory

Record in Zoom

Upload to Studio in Canvas

Embed in Canvas

The Classrooms page in My Hub contains a grid with the technology available in each RSPH classroom

Questions can be asked in the Chat window in Zoom

Comments and questions can be enabled when a Studio video is added to a page or Module in Canvas

Stream a lecture: Synchronous Use Panopto Stream in Panopto

Live discussion. As they watch the live stream, viewers who’ve signed in can ask questions and engage with the instructor through Panopto’s video player. The presenter can adjust the settings to notify them when someone posts a question or a comment.

In-video notes. Panopto includes a notes section in the video player that enables viewers to add private time-stamped notes that they can view later.

Pre-record a lecture and post: Asynchronous

Use Studio in Canvas

Use Panopto

Use other recording tools: Camtasia, Screen Cast-O-Matic, PowerPoint

Record a webcam video in Canvas Studio

Record a screen capture in Canvas Studio

Edit a Studio video

Record in Panopto: Windows

Record in Panopto: Mac

Embed a Canvas Studio video

Set up a Canvas Studio video as a discussion

Add a quiz to a Canvas Studio video

View analytics in Canvas Studio

Screen Cast O Matic


PowerPoint video

Other recording choices:

Camtasia is the most robust recording tool.

Screen Cast-O-Matic is the easiest recorder to use and the basis for Studio in Canvas.

Guest Lecture

Distance Lecture: Synchronous

Use Zoom Zoom at Emory Open Zoom on the classroom computer and project the lecture

In-Class lectures:  Synchronous

Classroom Technology: see My Hub My Hub > Classrooms The Classrooms page in My Hub contains a grid with the technology available in each RSPH classroom
Pre-record a lecture: Asynchronous

Narrate slides and upload them to Canvas Studio or Panopto and embed them in Canvas

Record in Zoom

Create a narrated PowerPoint

Convert a PowerPoint to Video: Mac Windows

Upload to Canvas Studio

Embed in Canvas

Upload a video to Panopto

Embed a Panopto video in Canvas

Course Component Technology Modality Technology Options Instructions Suggestions

Small-Group Discussions


In class:

Use collaborative technologies with learners logging in to tools with sharing 

Use collaborative technologies each learner can log into



Concept maps

Google Docs or Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel through Emory's One Drive



Implement online during regular class time and use breakout rooms via Zoom.

Learners can participate in big groups, and small groups, then come back to the big group (synchronous).


Emory Zoom

Breakout Rooms in Zoom

Tips for developing good discussions

To use Breakout Rooms, participants need an Emory NET ID and password.

Learners meet online outside of class time and report back and/or prepare a summary of group discussion and post it on a Canvas discussion board (asynchronous).

Zoom or other technology -Skype


Canvas Group

Emory Zoom

Create groups in Canvas

Set up a Canvas discussion

Create a Canvas group discussion

When setting up a Canvas Discussion, you can enable Groups with a checkbox and select which Group set the discussion is for.

Learners participate in groups and group discussions on alternative platforms (asynchronous)


Whats's App

Flipgrid (now Flip) (recorded video discussion)



These can be embedded in a Canvas course by looking for "Share" information where embed codes are provided – and then pasting in to the HTML code in Canvas. Call support for help.

Course Component Technology Modality Technology Options Instructions Suggestions

Learner Presentations


In class: Project slides or sites through the class computer

 Classroom Technology: see My Hub

My Hub > Classrooms 

The Classrooms page in My Hub contains a grid with the technology available in each RSPH classroom

Online: during class time and using Zoom (synchronous)

Zoom allows screen sharing https://

Sharing the screen in Zoom

Participants can share YouTube videos in Zoom

Participants can share PowerPoints in Zoom

The instructor should review their settings in their Zoom account to make sure "Sharing" is turned on for the participants and host.

Learners pre-record presentations and submit via Canvas (asynchronous)

Narrate slides in PPT and upload them to Canvas Studio

Post  a video in Flip (formerly Flip  Grid) which is part of  Office  365

Add a Studio assignment in Canvas

Create a narrated PowerPoint

How do learners upload a Studio assignment

Flip (Flip Grid) can be embedded in Canvas
Course Component Technology Modality Technology Options Instructions Suggestions

Computer lab instruction, software demonstrations 

Hold an online class during regular class time and use a combination of Zoom and Apporto to teach.

Face-to-face classes can use a projection screen in class.  

Learners can be logged in to Apporto simultaneously and if they have a problem, they can share their screen.  

Zoom and Apporto 

Faculty can also use Panopto or Zoom to create software demos if they need to demonstrate a specific action within a software program. 

Apporto access 

Apporto tipsSearch: Apporto in MyHub

Course Component Technology Modality Technology Options Instructions Suggestions
Peer Evaluations

Learners complete peer evaluation ratings and comments on their own (asynchronous). 

Set aside time during class time for learners to give each other feedback in breakout rooms via Zoom or in person. 

Use Qualtrics 

 Use Assignment submission 

Use Zoom breakout rooms 

Request a Qualtrics account through IT: 

Qualtrics at Emory 

Create a Canvas Assignment 

Peer review assignments 

Breakout rooms in Zoom 

Course Component Technology Options Instructions Suggestions
Multimodal Content 
Video: add video resources from other sources to Canvas (asynchronous) 
  • Upload to Studio and add to a Module or Page 
  • Use "Sharing" information to embed in a course 

Upload to Studio 

Add a Studio video to a Module 

Add Studio media to a course page 

Embed a video in Canvas from another source with shared embed code 

Podcasts: available from a wide range of sources or can be created (asynchronous) 
  • Search podcasts like:  

Kaiser Health News


Hidden Brain

This American Life

TED Radio Hour

Snap Judgement



  • Create a podcast 
  • Create inline audio clips to add on Canvas pages 

Upload audio to Canvas 

Embed audio clips from external sources 

Create audio clips in Canvas  

Podcast Creation - How-To 

Inline audio: Knight Labs: Northwestern University  


Digital Readings: Link to digital readings in the Canvas course site (e.g. web, library course reserves) or embed digital files in the course site (asynchronous). 
  • Create a page in Canvas for each reading (screen capture an image from the digital source for the reading and add to the Canvas page) and then link it to the source for the reading. Next, link the page to the course overview page. 
  • Link the Emory library digital readings to the module overview page in Canvas. 
  • Use Course reserves in Canvas.

Using links in Canvas

Emory Library Resources

Woodruff Health Sciences Resources

Course Reserves in Canvas


Screen capture images: 

On Windows  

On a Mac 

Embed an image on a Canvas page 

Print Readings: 

Scan readings and convert them to accessible documents considering copyright restrictions (asynchronous). 

Convert PDF back to Word

  • Adobe Acrobat DC Professional

General information about accessibility with Adobe Acrobat – PDFs

Accessing Adobe Acrobat DC Professional may require consultation and assistance. Email:

Basic steps in Adobe Acrobat Pro to make a doc screen reader-friendly: 

Home > Tools > Action Wizard 

From the Actions list that opens on the right click on Make Accessible 

The right-hand pane changes to display each task included in the Make Accessible action, as well as the instructions to execute the action and add files to check. 

Select Start and follow the prompts. 

The image of the documents is converted to scannable text. 

Convert PDF to Word document

Other tools for targeted interactive learning activities 

(asynchronous and synchronous) (Research Data) 

GBD Viz Hub (Data) 

Padlet (Digital Bulletin Board) 

Timeline JS (Visual Timeline) 

Kahoot! (Game, Quiz) 

Thinglink (Curate) 

Mindmeister (Concept Map) 

Datacamp (Data, Exercises)

FlipGrid (Video Conversation)

Poll Everywhere (Active Learning) 

Zoom Polls

Many of these tools can be embedded in Canvas for collaboration using the Share function many of the tools provide.

Share tools provide a link or the embed code that can be pasted into a Canvas page by using the HTML editor (accessible through the rich content editor). 

To embed use Share code that begins and ends with "iframe"

Course Component Technology Options Instructions Suggestions

Individual Assignments 

  • Use Canvas 
  • Email: A lower-tech option is to email an assignment/quiz to learners and has their email completed documents back to you by a certain time.
  • Hand out in person and post documents to Canvas

Create an Assignment in Canvas 

What types of Assignments does Canvas Support? 

How do I add an Assignment Group? 

How do I add extra credit in a course? 

How do I create peer-review assignments? 

Options in creating a quiz in Canvas 

How do I create a question bank in Canvas? 

Weighting assignment groups in Canvas 

With Canvas quizzes, instructors have the ability to: 

  • Set time limits 
  • Set number of attempts 
  • See where learners have gone (e.g. order of questions, time spent on questions) 
  • Randomize questions and/or answer choices 
  • Moderate exams, give extra time or attempts 
  • Create question banks so learners see varied exams 

Turnitin is a Canvas function that allows you to assess for plagiarism. Enable when you create the assignment. 

The Canvas grade book is built from the assignments you add to the assignment page. To weight grades correctly, based on your syllabus, you must create assignment groups with all the assignments that will be part of a grading category, and then assign weights on the assignment page. 

Group Assignments: 

Learners collaborate with each other using the tools of their choice

Multiple possibilities: 

  • Synchronous: Zoom, Google Docs, Office 365
  • Asynchronous: Google Docs, Word in OneDrive, Canvas discussion board or Pages in Canvas, Canvas group tools, shared PowerPoint
  • Web tools for collaboration (see small group discussions) 

Emory Zoom 

Breakout rooms in Zoom 

Google Docs 

Word or Excel in OneDrive in Microsoft Outlook 

Create a Canvas discussion 

Create a Canvas Group Discussion 

Though best practices emphasize using alternatives to exams, especially in online classes, sometimes your content requires it.

Canvas allows you to add questions, shuffle the answers for each test-taker, and set a time frame for each exam, but a more powerful feature is the use of a Question Bank in Canvas. The Question Bank allows you to create a large pool of questions, from which the quiz tool randomly draws. The end result is that each learner takes a different exam, with different questions, in a different order, and with answers in a different sequence.

How do I create a quiz with a question group to randomize quiz questions?

Once you publish a quiz or exam, you can use Moderate this Quiz to set times for learners with accommodations, unlock a quiz, and allow extra quiz attempts. You can also see the time spent by learners on a test, who has completed a quiz and who has not, as well as how many attempts a learner took on a quiz that allowed extra attempts.

Course Component Technology Options How To

Live Presentations

PDF Guide to Captions in Live Presentations and Download

Google Drive Live Captions
  1. Login to Google Slides with a Chrome browser. (Firefox and Safari will not work.) 
  2. Open your slides and select “Slideshow” on the upper-right of the interface. 
  3. After the slides start, hover over the lower left of the slideshow and click on the three dots that appear. 
  4. Choose “Captions Preferences”> “Toggle Captions” 
  5. Live captions will play 

Add-ins to your slides:

  1. YouTube (and other) videos: Videos inserted when building Google Slides will play and captions for them will be generated by Chrome 
  2. Poll Everywhere slides will work in a Chrome browser. The Poll Everywhere Extension must be added to Chrome. The extension can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store for free and appears as an icon in the Chrome browser AND the Google slides interface, making it easy to insert a Poll Everywhere slide into a slide deck when selecting it. 
Live Presentations Zoom Live Captions
  1. Login to Zoom  
  2. Click “Show Captions” at the bottom of the Zoom interface and select one of 12 languages that participants can view the captions in (each participant can change the language the captions display in on their individual computer) 
  3. Select “Share Screen” 
  4. Select Desktop 1 in the far upper-left corner 
  5. Select “Play from Start” on your PowerPoint, then 
  6. Select “Use Slide Show” at the top 
  7. Use your computer keyboard to advance slides 
  8. YouTube/videos will play and Poll Everywhere activity slides that are inserted in the slide deck and active will work with live captions generated by Zoom. Remember to activate your Poll Everywhere slides prior to starting your slides. 
Live Presentations PowerPoint Live Captions Using PowerPoint with YouTube Videos, Poll Everywhere Slides, and Live Captions for a presentation:
  1. Upload your PowerPoint to One Drive (Use a current Chrome or Firefox browser) 
  2. Open the file and look for “Slide Show” at the top of the user interface under the orange bar and select it. 
  3. Click on the new dropdown menu item that appears “Always Use Subtitles” (in the row below “Slide Show”), select the dropdown arrow to assign the language for captions - and where you want the subtitles to appear (“Below Slide”) 
  4. Make sure “Always Use Subtitles” is selected and is a light grey color 
  5. Click “Present Live” to the left of “Always Use Subtitles” 
  6. A new page will appear with a URL your audience can use after login to their Emory account to follow along with your slides and see the captions on their own device 
  7. Click “Show slides” on the lower right to start the slides. Captions will appear where you designated in the “Always Use Subtitles” dropdown menu 

       Additional notes: 

  1. YouTube (and other) videos inserted in the deck will play but to advance to the next slide after playing a video, you should not advance with the computer keyboard, instead advance from the PowerPoint slideshow on the lower left of the slide. You will need to turn on already created captions in each video
  2. Using Poll Everywhere slides in your presentation through One Drive.  
    1. You will want to activate your Poll Everywhere slides in another browser window using your Emory account  
    2. To add the Poll slides to your PowerPoint in One Drive, first go to the “Insert” menu on the PowerPoint interface at the top, then on the row below “Insert” go to the far right and select the three dots. 
    3. Select “Add-Ins" from the menu that opens 
    4. Then select the “Admin Managed” Tab from the new window and select “Poll Everywhere”, then click “Add” at the bottom of the window. 
    5. Resize the Poll Everywhere window that appears to the size you want on top of the PowerPoint slide it appears on. You may be asked to log in to your Poll Everywhere account and “authorize” when you click inside the Poll Everywhere window.  Use your Emory account and when done, close the “authorize” window. 
    6. Then navigate to the slide you want to insert into the slide deck. The Poll Everywhere interface AND activity slides will be visible but when you play the slideshow this will correct itself and only the Poll will be visible and you will see the live poll results. 
Live Presentations Second Language Captions
  1. When starting a PowerPoint from One Drive, choose “Slide Show”> “Present Live”
  2. This will insert a screen with a unique URL for the presentation into the slide show. (The presenter can also choose “Anyone” or “Only people in your organization”, which will require an Emory login to Microsoft Office, to view the slides from the dropdown arrow to the right of “Present Live”.)
  3. Pause on the slide with the unique URL so participants can type the address in their computer’s browser window and then select another language for viewing the presentation.
  4. On the participant's screen that appears, participants should look in the lower-right for the default language shown
  5. If the participant clicks on the language, a list of other language options will appear. As of January 2023, PowerPoint in One Drive can display over 60 languages, some fully supported and some in ‘Preview’ mode, that display captions with a lower accuracy level which Microsoft will be improving over time
  6. In place of the original captions, the captions will be shown during the presentation in the second language

Please Note: When watching the presentation on a second device, those captions will not work properly with all embedded videos or when polls are displayed. Presenting from the One Drive cloud has allowed Microsoft to resolve the issues with different technologies converging in a single presentation on PowerPoint. However, the URL given to viewers uses Microsoft 365 PowerPoint – not One Drive, meaning polls and some videos will leave the captions area empty. Polls are not integrated at all– but videos could potentially use captions turned on at their source by the viewer. (On YouTube, for example)

Videos Studio in Canvas To caption a video in Studio in Canvas:
  1. Click on a video in the Studio library
  2. Select Captions on the right-hand side below the video.
  3. Select the language in the dropdown under Captions Request
  4. Select Request. After a request, you will receive a notification when they are done.
  5. The captions produced are from voice recognition and are about 85%-90% accurate.
  6. You can Review, easily correct them and then Publish 
Videos Panopto To caption a video in Panopto:
  1. If you have Creator status for a Panopto video you can add Captions in Panopto. Click on Edit
  2. Look for Captions in the far-left menu and select it.
  3. Click on the dropdown menu to the right and select Import Automatic Captions
  4. When the Captions appear, make corrections by hovering over the text and clicking.
  5. After correcting the text, select Enter.
  6. Click Apply in the upper right-hand corner. 
Videos YouTube

Create subtitles and captions on YouTube:

Sign in to YouTube Studio. (Or create an account by signing into YouTube using a Google Account.)

  1. From the left menu, select Subtitles.
  2. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  3. Click ADD LANGUAGE and select your language.
  4. Under subtitles, click ADD.
Videos Rev Rev creates captions for you, with a 24-hour turnaround, providing files that you can edit, and then upload to a video. The SRT file they provide can be added directly to Panopto or to Studio in Canvas. Using will require a budget -- they will charge by the minute.
Languages Google Translate and Transcribe


Google Translate and Google Transcribe translate by using voice recognition. Turn on the mic in the lower left and speak --or play a video that needs a transcript you can then copy and paste into a Word doc and attach to a video. Translate does 133 languages and Google Transcribe (Transcribe is verbatim replication of spoken text) does 8 languages.