Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning

Effective online teaching and learning requires an understanding and mastery of the various software. However, it is important to keep in mind that pedagogical considerations should always come before technology considerations.

Essential Digitial Teaching Tools


The HKU Learning Management System Moodle is our central online learning resource for course teachers and their students. Moodle supports teachers, course TAs, instructors and administrators to create flexible and engaging online learning content for supporting teaching. Online support resources such as FAQs, user guides and short video tutorials to help teachers get started with Moodle are available as follows:

User Guides
Online Tutorials
Training Seminars


Zoom, a video conferencing service is free for use by all HKU staff and students for facilitating their work and studies. Zoom conferencing can be used for online meetings, classes, interviews, etc. Details are available at here.

Click here for some useful Zoom Room functions

oTHER digitial tools

chat/ verbal communication

Discord – Allows students and teachers to chat without disclosing contact details
MS Teams
FB Messenger
Adobe Connect
Google Hangouts Meet


Work File Sharing

Project Share
Google Drive

Presentation / Lecture Capture

The Panopto – Lecture Capture Service (LCS) is based on a centrally managed video capture solution supported by the Panopto system. All 159 centrally timetabled classrooms and lecture theatres are Panopto ready. More details are available on the LES website.

Integration of Panopto and Moodle – Teachers who have Moodle courses can post pancasts for students to view more easily. The link to a pancast can be inserted into Moodle for viewing by students enrolled in the course.

The Panopto recorder software is pre-installed in the classroom PCs. For personal PC or devices, under the campus license, teachers can download it from here to install on their own devices.

Camtasia is an aeasy-to-use, all-in-one screen recorder and video editor for creating teaching videos and presentations. Allows import of audio, powerpoints, and other multimedia files.

Free for all HKU staff and students.

U-Vision is another reliable, flexible and easy-to-use option to host and store videos for your course or showcase students’ video production because the content is stored on our university’s server instead of a commercial platform like YouTube. And you can link back and embed those videos in your own course website just as easily.

Learn how to upload videos on U-Vision here
Learn how to embed videos to your website here

Collaboration, Whiteboards, & Brainstorming

Notion – Collaborative space and personal knowledge management tool
Miro – Virtual collaborative whiteboard, great to both synchronous and asynchronous activities
Padlet – Virtual bulletin board
Google Docs/ Sheets/ Drive

Voting/ Quizzes


Peer Feedback

Moodle Workshops – a module in Moodle that allows peer assessment and setup of rubrics. Click here for a video tutorial of how to use this.
Google Docs

Recording Facilities

Chi Wah Learning Commons has five studios operated by TELi for recording and editing course content. All five rooms will be supported by experienced TELi colleagues, and by interns. Teachers can book an initial one-hour consultation session. They can also arrange follow-up assistance if need be. When making your first booking, please provide a brief statement of the input you require.

Editing rooms are soundproof rooms equipped with computers (PC or Mac) and audio recording equipment to facilitate audio recording and editing of audio-visual formats. Location: 2/F of the Main Library.
For more information, check here.

Need Help? Technology assistance

E-learning support is provided by Information Technology Services (ITS).
Please visit, email, or call 3917 0123 during office hours.

TELi operates a text only WhatsApp hotline for e-learning queries. The number is 6437 8034. They will respond to all queries within 10 minutes during regular office hours.