Huffington Department of Education, Innovation and Technology

Engaging Your Students Online


The following technologies are available to educators at Baylor College of Medicine to help you engage your students online.




Baylor College of Medicine has expanded its paid licenses and increased webinar participants. To help you leverage all this tool has to offer, we have best practice guides, tips and suggestions for student engagement and guidance for avoiding challenges when using Zoom.

Baylor faculty seeking assistance with course design and instructional strategies, please contact us for resources at

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Aquifer is a clinical teaching and learning platform with interactive clinical learning to promote individualized and engaged learning, clinical reasoning and in-depth exploration of content. This full version of this tool is currently available to faculty in the School of Medicine. Faculty in the School of Health Professions have access to the basic version.

Please direct questions about this tool to Ken Melton at


VoiceThread is a learning tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence in an asynchronous way. Like a discussion board, with VoiceThread instructors and/or students can create, share and comment on images, PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents and PDFs using a microphone, webcam, text, phone and audio-file upload.

Plans for VoiceThread Use at Baylor

This is an external tool that is integrated easily into BlackBoard. Baylor College of Medicine is currently engaged in the technical set-up, testing and training phase to prepare this tool for use at the College. We will be piloting it with two Baylor programs.

In the meantime, faculty are encouraged to learn more about this tool and begin to plan for how you will integrate it into your online teaching. To help you do this, view:

VoiceThread Demo for Baylor College of Medicine VoiceThread HomePage Delmas, P. M. (2017). 
Using VoiceThread to create community in online learningTechTrends61(6), 595-602. Dunham, S. (2015). Developing lifelong learning skills through self-directed learning in the gross anatomy laboratory using narrated digital slideshows. The FASEB Journal29(1_supplement), 551-8.  Fox, O. H. (2017). 
Using VoiceThread to promote collaborative learning in on-line clinical nurse leader coursesJournal of Professional Nursing33(1), 20-26. 
Hacker, P. (2010). Using VoiceThread to give students a voice outside the classroom. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from 
Pacansky-Brock, M. (2013). How to humanize your online class with VoiceThread, 22–47.Retrieved from 
Yu-Hui, C., & Yu-Chang, H. (2013). Collaborative learning using VoiceThread in an online graduate course. Knowledge Management & E-Learning, 5(3), 298. Retrieved from

Additional information about VoiceThread is available on the Blackboard page of the Faculty Ed-Tech website.