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Nearpod Expands Beyond K-12 Classrooms, Brings Popular Student Engagement Platform to Higher Education for the First Time

Illinois State, Saint Xavier University and Kennesaw State University are among the first customers using the technology, which is already loved by millions of K-12 students and educators


Nearpod, the most comprehensive Student Engagement Platform, today launches Nearpod for Higher Education. After piloting with top universities and seeing proven benefits in the schools of Health Sciences, Business, Law and Education, Nearpod is broadening access to its platform for all universities so that learners can benefit from the engagement boosting tools that already impact seven million K-12 students in the US.

According to the 2018 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 88% of first-year college students and 89% of seniors believed technology considerably contributed to their understanding of course materials and ideas. What’s more, 92% of first-year college students and 93% of seniors shared the belief that technology contributed significantly to their learning, studying or completion of their coursework on their own. Meanwhile, NSSE found only 52% of first-year college students and seniors believed their institution emphasized that professors teach with new, cutting-edge technologies. 

“Nearpod is one of the tools that I use to get all students to actively engage in class, including those students who don’t like to speak up. I can instantly get formative feedback from all students in the class so that I can adjust and adapt my lesson in real-time,” shared Julie Reinhart, Ph.D. and Chair of the Education Department at Saint Xavier University. “The ease of use and adaptability of Nearpod is what makes it an exceptional tool as I can use it for engagement with individual students or with groups, for formative or summative assessments, and I can use it in class or online.”

Nearpod for Higher Education gives instructors one streamlined place for content, interactive exercises and formative assessments while allowing instructors to provide immediate feedback on student outcomes. The platform also brings educators the ability to engage every learner, regardless of class size and turns devices into opportunities for active participation rather than distractions. Nearpod also delivers the following benefits to the higher education classroom:

  • Easy Content Creation: Instructors can easily transform their existing presentations on Powerpoint and Google Slides into captivating lessons with interactive formative assessments such as polls, open-ended questions, Draw Its - a visual learning tool, and more
  • Synchronicity with Live and Student Paced lessons: Deliver interactive lectures both synchronously and asynchronously to any device in a way that democratizes student’s voices. Live sessions engage every learner present while student-paced lessons allow learners to work at their own pace.  
  • Shared Library/Admin Portal: Instructors can share lessons within the department and across the institution via the Nearpod Shared Library. 
  • Always Free for Students: With free access to Nearpod’s device-agnostic platform, Nearpod is one less thing for students to purchase and levels the playing field for engagement

“This extension into higher education is a natural fit for us and we’re excited to help colleges and universities bring more engagement to learning - especially with the changing demographics of post-secondary learners,” stated Felipe Sommer, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Nearpod. “Plus, with pedagogy baked into our platform, subject matter experts can more easily transform into great instructors regardless of their instructional background.”  

The platform also creates a frictionless environment for online and blended learning in a time when approximately one-third of college students take at least one course online, ensuring every student can actively participate in class or remotely learn on their own time. In addition, Nearpod seamlessly integrates with universities’ existing learning management systems, such as Canvas and Blackboard. 

To explore if Nearpod for Higher Ed is the Student Engagement Platform for your institution, visit:

About Nearpod
Nearpod, named EdTech Digest’s Company of the Year in 2018, is the most comprehensive Student Engagement Platform. Nearpod works with any classroom technology from tablets and smartphones to laptops and Chromebooks to help engage K-12 with interactive lessons, tools and activities such as Virtual Reality and Time to Climb. Additionally, for its K-12 offering, teachers can utilize 7,000+ ready-to-run lessons created in partnership with leading brands like PhET, Desmos, Common Sense Education and the Pulitzer Center. Nearpod recently acquired Flocabulary, a learning platform that helps students thrive by bringing K-12 curriculum to life through hip-hop. Beyond classroom instruction, the company revitalizes teacher professional development through Learning Labs, providing expert content that cultivates classroom-changing strategies for educators. To learn more, visit:

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