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Using the Groupme App to Increase Student Engagement in Online Courses

Total Credits: 0.1 CEUs

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David L. Toye
1 hour



Students in online courses often don't have the option to interact live with instructors and other students. With more students taking online courses in the post-COVID era, creating opportunities for such interaction becomes problematic. To address this issue, I have used the free GroupMe app to engage in weekly chat sessions with students in my online courses. With this app, students in a particular class can interact with one another and the instructor through text messaging, a communication format that they are comfortable using. The GroupMe app has a polling feature, which can be used to ask students questions regarding the weekly reading assignments. Through the app, the instructor can post links to a Google Jamboard or a Padlet, where students can post written responses to an instructor's questions. Instructors can post links to Kahoot and Quizizz and allow students to compete for points by answering multiple-choice questions. Such activities enable students to assess their understanding of course material on a weekly basis and remain engaged in the course.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:

  • Identify the main features of the GroupMe app.
  • Identify and access different online programs (Padlet, Jamboard, Kahoot, Quizizz) which can be deployed in a GroupMe chat session.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the GroupMe app for stimulating student engagement.

Certificate, Digital Badge, and CEU

All webinar participants can obtain, at no additional cost:

  • A digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable documentation of your professional learning experience.
  • CEUs, which are awarded by passing the post-webinar learning assessment with a score of 80% or better.


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