Using A Virtual Whiteboard for Online Teaching to Engage Learners

There are tons of tools to facilitate remote learning these days, and the virtual whiteboard may be overlooked due to its simplicity. You just use it as a physical whiteboard (or blackboard) in a traditional classroom, right? While a virtual whiteboard for online teaching can be used as a physical whiteboard, the unique requirements of online study make some of those features more important than they are in a traditional classroom. Furthermore, a great virtual whiteboard for online teaching offers additional functionality that you may not expect. 

For example, EchoEngage brings a powerful virtual whiteboard for online teaching to the Echosystem to help teachers more effectively engage their students. You can write things on it that you expect your students to add to their notes, but let’s think more creatively. Here are five additional ways you might consider using it:


Visual Aids

Adding visuals to presentations has been shown to increase information retention by up to 400 percent, and EchoEngage’s built-in virtual whiteboard for online teaching is a great location to make sure that all learners see them. You could use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast literary works, illustrate chem lab results with a line graph, or simply add pictures to bring your lecture to life. Your students can also take notes on the virtual whiteboard to take advantage of the same visual aids when they go back and review them.


Students may feel separated from their instructor in a virtual learning environment, making it difficult to collaborate. Inviting a student to complete a long division practice problem on the virtual whiteboard can be a great way to keep them engaged while seeing what they understand and any areas of opportunity for improvement. EchoEngage’s virtual whiteboard for online teaching supports screen sharing and group editing as well, allowing for collaborative work between students as well as their instructor. 

Getting Started

The beginning of live classes can get chaotic as students log in at slightly different times, often leading to wasted classroom time. You can post self-paced assignments or informational materials to your virtual whiteboard to give students something to do as soon as they’re in, helping everyone get settled and start working on the same page. For instance, you could share what you’re focusing on in a given lesson or provide a creative writing prompt to promote student engagement. 

Optimizing Other Tools

EchoEngage’s built-in virtual whiteboard for online teaching is powerful, but it isn’t intended as a standalone tool. Instead, you can pair it with other features such as virtual classroom chat, gamification competitions, and video content to create a truly interactive, inspired learning experience for everyone, anywhere. Examples include having students race to solve a math problem or embedding a video captured on EchoVideo. 


Traditional whiteboards have to be erased to be used again, meaning that instructors and students alike will permanently lose access to the information. This is not the case with a virtual whiteboard for online teaching, which provides an infinite canvas that you and your students will always have access to. You can use student-generated responses in future courses, assign whiteboard content to asynchronous learners who missed a lecture, and save videos and other materials for subsequent class meetings.

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Accessibility was at the forefront of EchoEngage’s development, and we’ve ensured that the virtual whiteboard can be utilized with simple keystrokes to ensure that anyone can use it effectively. If you’re interested in learning more about using a virtual whiteboard for online teaching or what makes Echo360 stand out in a crowded industry, contact us today!


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