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E-Learning Instructor Tools

Tools for subject and instruction librarians teaching one-shot instruction sessions, workshops, etc. Tools can be used to create, store, and share instruction materials as well as to further communicate with students and faculty.

Communication Tools

The following are video calling tools that can be used to meet online with students or faculty.
All allow screen sharing, which can be used to host webinars. 
Some may be subject to meeting size limits (often less than 10 in case of video participants) and some may be subject to time limits for meeting.

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Storage and Sharing Tools

Google ClassroomGoogle Classroom

Streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students


Microsoft Sharepoint

Web-based collaborative platform


Microsoft Teams

Collaborative application with video, chat, and file sharing


Microsoft Whiteboard

Collaborative whiteboard designed for pen and touch


Microsoft SharePoint 

Online central document depository for storing, editing, and sharing documents

Suggested Use: Use to collaboratively edit documents for instruction.

Tips: Costs $1.75 per 50 MB/month. 



Visual discovery tool that allows you to "pin" or visually bookmark web pages

Suggested Use: Pinterest can be used to pin websites, images, and resources related to library instruction to store for yourself and share with fellow librarians.

Tips: Create different boards based on themes or topics to help organize your pins.



Microsoft's online storage.

Suggested Use: This is a place to keep files and photos to access from any device, even offline.

Tips: Free storage through the University of Missouri.


Google Drive (Google Drive)

Online storage which allows users to name drafts and collaborate in time without downloading

Suggested Use: Create and share documents to be edited by a group in time or to keep track of changes made between drafts. It also has a type with your voice feature.

Tips: The first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google account.


Dropbox features storage of up to 3 TB (3,072 GB) and version history and file recovery for up to 120 days

Suggested Use: Use for storing a large volume of documents.

Tips: The first 30 days are free, but users pay $12.50/mo for future access.