ON DEMAND: Jammin' Right Along: Using Google Jamboard to Engage Students Online


  • Kayla Gourlay
  • David Lemmons




For instructors who traditionally teach in-person, the pandemic has presented new challenges, particularly how to engage students online. The presenters, who are teaching librarians and adjunct faculty members, primarily taught in-person before the pandemic and had to quickly adapt their in-person toolkit to the distance learning environment. Over the past two semesters, they have experimented with different tools and platforms for engagement, including digital whiteboards, which allow students to share ideas, demonstrate understanding, and collaborate with peers. During this session, they will focus on Google Jamboard, a collaborative digital whiteboard which presents an exciting alternative to Zoom or Blackboard Collaborates’ whiteboards. The presenters will detail how they have used Jamboards to facilitate synchronous learning activities such as concept maps, brainstorming sessions, reflections, and more. All participants will receive the Jamboard templates for the activities showcased in the video, which can be easily adapted for any class or presentation.

Key Takeaways:
1) Participants will be able to describe Google Jamboard features and tools for student engagement.
2) Participants will be able to identify at least one Jamboard activity or feature to use in their own context.

Author Biography

Kayla Gourlay

University Libraries





2021 On Demand Pre-recorded Presentation