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Supporting Education at Cambridge

Libraries supporting online learning

Tools to help with supporting learning online (and contacts to help you)

Top tips:

"Pedagogy first ie what is the rationale for using any one of these tools? How does the tool support the learning outcomes" Skilled training session

"I think that it's worth thinking what you can do with the tools you already use, rather than feeling like you have to use 23 different technologies" Staff member.

The CILN Tools for Teaching Guide provides a brilliant template to help you plan your teaching

Case Studies can be found below and also on the Case Studies Tab

Tools, examples and contacts, and accessibility information

Products Product descriptions Accessibility information

Springshare products 





  • LibCal : Contact the Student Experience Team (Helen Murphy, Emma Etteridge and David Marshall) for more information about how to gain access to LibCal for Library calendars, appointments, training events bookings, room bookings and for all support and questions use the LibCal Yammer GroupExample
  • LibGuides for resource provision and training opportunities - join the Yammer Group for support and more information available on the Cambridge University Libraries Intranet. Others to contact - Engineering Library. 

  • LibChat for instant chat. Contact Simon Goose for your own Chat, contact Emma Etteridge (Engineering) or Emma Batchelor (Education) or Judge Business School Information Services for local information on its use 

  • LibWizard for quizzes. Example. Contact Paul Cooke, Seeley Library 

Microsoft products 



Miro (Teams) 


  • Microsoft Powerpoint for presentations 
  • Microsoft Sway for presentations. Example. Contact Liam Herbert (Geography) for help 

  • Miro integrated with Teams (interactive whiteboard) David Marshall 

  • Teams/Zoom : general advice available from UIS, or CCTL; use the channels for interactive contact outside an asynchronous session

Social Media 

Virtual Backgrounds 



  • Virtual Library backgrounds for social media or Teams/Zoom; contact Liam Herbert (Geography) 
  • Creating a Gif? Use Contact UL Special Collections for more advice on gifs 

  • Social media; Facebook, Twitter etc - follow feeds you like.

  • Creating closed groups on Facebooks for more interactive work alongside asynchronous work - Contact Libby Tilley



Polling software 

Interactive tools – padlet 



Video creation 

Virtual reality 

  • Poll software : VevoxPoll Everywhere  or use Mentimeter or Slido  for crowd-sourcing eg search terms for engaging students  - contact Libby Tilley for Mentimeter 
  • Panopto for online lectures etc (Moodle based) Contact Helen Murphy.

  • Padlet : Engage students using padlet in groups on an activity – Contact Libby Tilley or Jo Harcus or Veronica Phillips for ideas. More examples on the teaching page. Padlet is great for engaging students with collaborative learning. 30 creative ways to use padlet.

  • Virtual Reality: Talk to UL Reader Services (Rose Giles) about their use of Virtual Reality for the University’s Open days in July) 

  • Lumen5 for video creation. Contact Claire Sewell for advice 

  • Blogs (Contact Clare Trowell, Economics or Angela Cutts, Education or Margaret Jones, Music Special Collections at UL for ideas for use)

  • Creating webinars -  contact Claire Sewell 


For more general advice on accessibility and online tools, please see:


LibGuides Skills Guides

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