Part 4: Fall 2016 Labs

43 Padlet, Tricider, Dotstorming with Lauren Rosen — 09.30.2016

This week’s Active Teaching Lab was about Padlet, Tricider, and Dotstorming, which are student engagement and collaboration tools that can activate blended and online learning.  Lauren Rosen from the UW System Collaborative Language Program shared how she uses them in her courses.

Padlet is an online bulletin board that leverages student-curation of ideas on a topic (short video overview). Tricider solicits feedback and ideas from a group in such a way that allow others to append pro and con arguments and upvote them (short video overview). Dotstorming, like Padlet, allows participants to add ideas and images on a topic. Dotstorming adds voting, ranking, and commenting (short video overview).


  • None of these require students to sign-up for, or install anything, to use — making them easy to access.
  • All are very simple for instructors to set up — sign up and go!
  • These can be used in a face-to-face (f2f) class or online. Use them in blended classes to help students prepare for f2f.
  • Create a prompt that requires the type of thinking and response you want to get from them (no yes/no questions!).

If you’re interested in learning more to get up and running with these tools, watch the videos below and review the session’s Activity Sheet.

Active Teaching Labs are held every Friday from 8:30-9:30am in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out the upcoming labs or read the recaps from past labs. To stay informed about upcoming Labs, check back to this website or sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

Lauren’s story:

Want to know what happened next? Watch the discussion video:

Learn more about these tools:


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