Resources for Online Learning

Resources for Online Learning


The Online Education instructional design staff is here to assist you. We provide a number of options for faculty to achieve excellence in online teaching and learning. Whether you are looking for ways to elicit more meaningful dialogue online, create a learning community online in your course, need help designing an effective individual or group assignment, or adding multimedia, we can help you as you design and teach an online course.  If you need to schedule an online appointment with an instructional designer, please click the button below. Any additional questions or need should be emailed to


We encourage you to use the resources provided by the Department of Online Education and Support.

All Things Online Podcast

All Things Online features conversations and interviews on online education. Each episode, experts and educators dive into challenges and best practices in distance learning.

Collaboration Tools


PlayPosit is an interactive web-based video platform. It allows you to embed quiz-type questions into videos from other video platforms like Youtube, Vimeo, and Khan Academy. Data can then be analyzed on the individual or group level for educational trends in the classroom.

  • PlayPosit Checklist: Here is a checklist customized for CUNY John Jay - it includes a sample bulb, various use cases, a link to PlayPosit Academy, office hours info, as well as steps to get someone started in PlayPosit. Feel free to share this with faculty as you work with them on getting started.
  • Using PlayPosit within Blackboard
  • Video Tutorials



Voicethread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in with text, audio, or video.



Slack is a popular free communication platform with many features, including persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.



Digication is an ePortfolio tool for students to share their work online with their friends, teachers, and potential employers.


Microsoft Teams

An alternative to Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams is a persistent chat-based collaboration platform with document sharing, online meetings, and many other features for communication. Note: at this time, the college does not support MS Teams.

Web Conferencing Tools


User-friendly Zoom is one of the most popular web conferencing platforms. All John Jay students, faculty, and staff have access to their own account.

Creating Video

Video content helps students feel connected and stay engaged while remote learning.

Tutorials for Students

The following resources can be shared with students to help them transition to online learning.


ADA Considerations when Teaching Online

Resources to ensure your online class is accessible to all students.