New to the Mount? Check out the resource Introduction to Mount Online Learning Platform (PDF). The Mount Online Learning Platform includes Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Office 365, and Nearpod. Explore ways you might use these technologies to best support student learning using the resource Teaching Technologies – Choosing the Right Tool (PDF). For pedagogical support on how to leverage technology in your course technology to meet your teaching and learning needs contact For technology training and support, contact

Teaching Technologies 

We have access to a wide variety of educational technologies to support our teaching here at the Mount.  Whether we are teaching online or on-campus or any combination of the two, the list below may be helpful for choosing the appropriate technology to best support teaching and learning needs in your course. Check below to see the suggestions we have for technologies to support you with Communicating with Your Students, Delivering Course Content, Encouraging Student Participation and Discussions, Collaborating on Projects, Administering Assignments, Tests, Exams, and Grades, and Hosting Office Hours Online.

Communicating with Students  

  • Email Students in Outlook
  • Meet on Blackboard Collaborate
  • Meet on Microsoft Teams
  • Send messages on Microsoft Yammer
  • Check-in with students using Email, Microsoft Teams, Moodle Chat, Moodle Feedback, or Microsoft Forms

Delivering Course Content  

  • Share course materials on Moodle
  • Share text-based content using Moodle File, Book, Lesson, Label
  • Conduct or record a lecture on Blackboard Collaborate
  • Create short lecture or instructional videos using Microsoft Stream or Voiceover PowerPoint
  • Manage, trim and share your recordings on Microsoft Stream
  • Create captions using Google browser, Microsoft Stream and Blackboard Collaborate
  • Create transcripts using Microsoft Stream or Microsoft Word

Encouraging Student Participation and Discussions  

  • Create active learning spaces using Nearpod, Moodle Forums, H5P, Quiz
  • Interact during class time using Blackboard Collaborate (chat, emojis, polls, annotation tools)
  • Poll or survey students (Nearpod, Microsoft Forms, Blackboard Collaborate, Moodle Feedback)
  • Create spaces for students to work in groups during an online class meeting using Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Groups
  • Create a social media space in Microsoft Yammer

Collaborating on Projects  

  • Share files on Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive
  • Collaborate on shared documents using Microsoft OneNote, Word, Excel, Whiteboard
  • Build banks of student contributions using Moodle Glossary, Database
  • Create spaces for group collaboration outside of class-time using Blackboard Collaborate Sessions, Moodle Groups settings for Forums, Microsoft Yammer

Administering Assignments, Tests, Exams, and Grades  

  • Collect assignments in Moodle
  • Securely share grades and feedback in Moodle
  • Administer timed quizzes and exams in Moodle

Hosting Office Hours Online  

  • Meet on Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Team

Considerations When Selecting Educational Technologies 

Educational technologies enhance the teaching and learning experience. In addition to the Mount Online Learning Platform supported by IT Services at MSVU, you may also want to use other technologies depending on the needs of your course or your students. Some questions you might ask when considering which educational technologies best support the learning in your course are:

  • What data are we required to provide in order to use the tool (login, email, birthdate, etc.)
  • Can we choose to be anonymous when using this tool?
  • Where is data housed; who owns the data?
  • Will others be able to use/copy/own our work there?
  • How does the design of this tool support or dictate your pedagogical approach?
  • How accessible is this tool for the students you have or might have? For example, consider how this tool would be used by a blind student or a hearing-impaired student as well as a student with a learning disability and introverts or extroverts.