Pedagogy, Research

Creating Personal Learning Paths with Symbaloo

In the early 2000s a popular lesson type was a webquest.  The goal of this was to create an inquiry-oriented lesson where all of the information comes from web-based resources.  This isn’t a newsletter on how to create a webquest.  There is tons of information on the web on how to do this, including an entire site dedicated to it at  This newsletter is about how to use Symbaloo to create these in a fast and easy way that includes student tracking.

Symbaloo is an amazing graphical bookmarking and web organization tool. I use it everyday and I love it.  Recently, they’ve expanded their offerings to add “Learning Paths.”  These paths take the user through the web resources in a sequence.  You can add almost any web resource as well as little quizzes and questions that can divert the uses onto a new path.  These are called branches.  This allows you to give students different content based on their knowledge but it also allows the user to choose the path in which they are most interested.

There is also a marketplace of Symbaloo Learning Paths created by other teachers that you can use for free!


Start by going to

  • As a student, you type in a Session Code to begin
  • As an instructor, you log in after creating a free account

1 – Click Create a learning path
2 – Create a web tile (this can be audio, video, text, Google Drive files, etc.)
—- Title it with the Lesson title
—- Choose a web resource (this will include Google Drive files and sites)
—- Type in instructions or outcomes for that article or video
—- Click Save
3 – Create a new tile
—- Click one of the plus signs to add more resources or to put in a branch
4 – Create a quiz or question title
—- Click Create My Own Resource
—- Type in a title, ex. Quiz
—- Add all of the items indicated on the form

When you’re finished you can click the Play icon to preview it yourself
Then share it with your students

Screenshot of the Sharing Screen that is also pointing to the Reports icon in the upper right corner

Monitor your students’ progress in real-time.


Want to Learn More? Check out the Learning Paths Tutorials

Instructor on Computer
Distance Ed, Teaching Advice

5 Great Sites to Help You Find Open Educational Resources (OER) for Your Course(s)

What is OER?

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium–digital or otherwise–that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions” (UNESCO, 2002).


Who’s using OER?

According to a recent national survey of more than 4,000 faculty and department chairs, “for the first time, more faculty express a preference for digital material over print in the classroom” (Babson Survey Research Group, 2019). In fact, 46% of faculty surveyed reported some level of awareness of OER (+12% since 2015), with 13% requiring an OER in one or more of their courses—almost 3x the OER required in 2015 (Babson Survey Research Group, 2019).


Where can I find OER?


Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching | California State University System | ~160,000 Contributors | 84,000+ Learning Materials




Openly Available Sources Integrated Search | SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library | 88 Sources | 352,000+ Learning Materials




Open Educational Resources Commons | ISKME | 60,000+ Learning Materials

OER Commons


OPEN TEXTBOOK LIBRARY | University of Minnesota | 625 Peer-Reviewed Textbooks

Open Textbook Library


PIXABAY | 1,000,000+ Images & Videos (No Attribution Required, But Encouraged!)