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Tools for Asynchronous Learning

This guide contains information for conducting class activities at a distance or online. It provides some information on platform privacy, and some sample assignments for last-minute transitions to distance learning.

About this guide

This guide was created in response to the move to online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is meant to provide an overview of different tools and their potential uses in the classroom. This guide also provides information on whether FSU officially supports each tool, some background on the privacy of each tool, and information on how difficult it is to set up or maintain the tool, if you were to decide to use it in the classroom. 

Please note that none of the tools in this guide is officially supported or endorsed by the FSU libraries. If you are interested in deploying one of these tools in your class, please contact Sarah Stanley at and schedule a consultation. The Office of Digital Research and Scholarship may be able to advise you on how to configure the tool, but we cannot provide long-term support for its use in the classroom. 

Additionally, this information might not always be perfectly up-to-date, so please exercise caution when using this guide, and read privacy policies and documentation before using a tool in your classroom. To submit corrections or additions to this guide, please email Sarah Stanley at

If you intend to conduct an instruction session that focuses on digital research or digital pedagogy (e.g. text analysis, digital mapping, data visualization), you can request an instruction session with the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship through


The following Google Sheet contains tweets from the #COVIDCampus hashtag on Twitter. Faculty, librarians, and other university workers have been sharing information on conducting distance learning in the light of COVID-19. Browse the spreadsheet for information from a variety of topics. The spreadsheet is updated every hour, or you can see tweets in real-time at: 

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