Icebreakers can be a useful way for students to get to know each other, and also an opportunity for you to get to know your students. We’ve curated a short list of links to articles with some icebreaker activity ideas as well as a few hints for using currently available learning and teaching technology to facilitate ‘getting to know you’ interactions within your cohort.

Before you get started, here are a few things to keep in mind when considering icebreaker activities in your teaching sessions:

  • Bring students together – select activities that bring students together rather than those that could potentially single out students or make them uncomfortable.
  • Keep in mind the diversity of your student cohort – most cohorts are made up of students with diverse backgrounds and life experiences; creating an inclusive learning environment enables opportunities for students to learn from each other.
  • Be ready to move on – sometimes an icebreaker activity might not go to plan, so have a few ideas on hand to move to if needed.

On campus icebreaker activities

Online icebreaker activities

Note that some of these activities can also be implemented on campus with a device.