Tools for Learning and Assessment

 Below is a list of available and/or recommended learning tools. Contact Meixun Sinky Zheng, PhD, Office of Academic Affairs (szheng@pacific.edu) for support and consultation.

         (Note: * indicates that the Dugoni school has a license.)

  • Canvas: Canvas is the university's learning management system. It has a series of tools for active learning and assessment.
  • ExamSoft*: ExamSoft is the school's computer-based classroom testing system. Click to access ExamSoft tutorial videos.
  • Webex: Webex is the university and school's virtual meeting system.  It can be used to conduct synchronous class meetings in online and blended courses.
  • Mediasite: MediaSite is the university and school's lecture capture system.
  • Osmosis*: Osmosis is a subscription-based online learning platform that features animated instructional videos and other multimedia learning resources on a wide range of medical and dental topics. Click here to access Osmosis-style videos that Dugoni faculty co-developed with Osmosis.
  • Voicethread*: Voicethread is a web-based tool that allows instructors to create interactive presentations and invite students to watch and make comments directly on the slides.
  • SoftChalk*: SoftChalk is a cloud-based e-learning design tool that allows instructors to create interactive online lessons that integrate a variety of mini learning games. Visit this link for samples of learning activities you can created with SoftChalk.
  • TED-ED videos: TED-ED is TED's educational initiative. It has developed many free animated videos on a variety of topics, including health sciences. You can view two examples of videos on cavities and pain.
  • Mindmeister: Mindmeister is a web-based tool for students to create concept maps. It has free and paid versions. There are some other concept mapping tools. Contact Dr. Zheng to learn more.
  • Digital timelines: Check out the Quality Matters (QM) website for some of the most popular tools that students can use to create interactive digital timelines to demonstrate their higher-level understanding and application of course concepts. 
  • Quizlet: Quizlet is a web tool for creating flash cards. Students can study the cards in different ways, including gameplay and competition. Visit this link for an example of flash cards in pharmacology. 
  • SplashTop Classroom*Splashtop Classroom is a remote desktop app for accessing the faculty's laptop or the computer in the classroom using a tablet. With an iPad and the SplashTop Classroom app, faculty can present content with an iPad while moving freely around the classroom, annotate slides "on the go", and turn the iPad into a virtual whiteboard. 
  • Jeopardylabs: Jeopardylabs is a web-based tool to create jeopardy-style learning games. Faculty don't need to download any slide template. The game can be played in or out of class.
  • Flipquiz: Flipquiz is another web-based jeopardy game tool with a few additional features (e.g., timer, flashcard mode).
  • EdPuzzle: EdPuzzle allows instructors to turn video watching into an active learning experience by adding time-stamped quiz questions into the video. It provides powerful analytics on student video watching patterns.
  • Poll Everywhere*: Poll Everywhere is an audience response system that allows instructors to collect student responses instantly from any mobile device. It supports multiple question formats including open-ended questions, clickable image questions, ranking, and many more.
  • Kahoot!: Kahoot! is a free tool for mobile polling and learning games.
  • Hot Potatoes: Hot Potatoes is a free website that allows you to create various self-assessment activities such as crossword puzzles, short-answer questions, and so on.
Other tools you might be interested in...
  • Weebly: Weebly is a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder. It can be used for students to create e-portfolio sites. Faculty can also use it to create e-dossier sites.
  • Pearl Tree: Pearl Tree is a web-based service for both faculty and students to curate, organize, and share materials related to teaching, learning, research, and so on found on the web.
  • Padlet: Padlet is a free web-based interactive whiteboard. It is a great tool for quick reflective writing, brainstorm, and collecting student feedback.