Using Technology for Online Teaching

Effectively using learning technologies can improve the online teaching and learning experience for your students. Some of the most common technologies supported for online teaching at Cornell are Zoom (including Zoom breakout rooms), polling (Zoom polling & Poll Everywhere), Canvas, and a variety of assessment tools.

Introduction to Remote Teaching Tools

If you are new to teaching remotely at Cornell, our quick-start guides can help you ensure you have all the tools you need.

Using Zoom Breakout Rooms

With Zoom breakout rooms, you can divide your online class into smaller groups for discussion. Learn more about using Zoom and its other functions with our Zoom Quick-Start Guide.

Assessment Tools

Assessment tools aid in assessing and evaluating student learning and can provide different options to assess students beyond the traditional exam. Cornell supports several tools, including Gradescope, in-video quizzes, and Turnitin.

Classroom Polling

Polling in an online class creates an additional layer of engagement. Use Poll Everywhere in discussions and class activities for real-time feedback through multiple-choice, word-cloud, or open-ended questions. Our Getting Started with Poll Everywhere workshop offers information and resources for learning how to make the most of Poll Everywhere in your teaching.


The Canvas learning management system (LMS) makes it easy for instructors to manage digital materials distribution, assignments and course calendar, communications, grading, and other aspects of instruction for their courses. This service is available at no cost and is supported for use by all faculty and instructors at Cornell University.