Office of Academic Innovation

Interactive Activities

Activity Samplers

Below is a sampler of online activities from University of Illinois. Note that many of these activities are no different from the kinds of activities we use in our face-to-face classrooms. Instead, it is how they are presented and carried out that differs based on the limitations and unique characteristics of online courses.

Learning Objects

Of course since online courses take place online, students have easy access to Web resources. You can use hyperlinks to create materials that provides non-linear exploration for students. Additionally, many support services are available to students online.

Faculty post a library of peer-reviewed, reusable, Web-accessible learning objects at

A sample learning object produced at Towson for Jonathan Leshnoff in the department of Music (requires Flash player)

Simulations and Labs

Students can practice various skills using interactive media. You can also take advantage of rich resources on the Web that allow student interactions with objects and simulations.

You can explore several simulations below:


Guests can interact with your students in a discussion board or via a real-time web coference. You could also relay student questions to and from guests via e-mail.



Office of Academic Innovation
Cook Library Room 405
Phone: 410-704-2005

"There could be different types of activities [such as] reading critiques…student mentorships…and peer review groups."
— Yuanqiong Wang

Watch Clips of Faculty Tips

What are some interactive activities that work online? (2:01)

How can students give presentations online? (1:49)

How can you design engaging I events online? (10:07)

How do you work with teams online? (8:00)

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