Learner engagement plays a critical role in producing greater learner satisfaction and higher learning retention. However, realities indicate that engaging learners has still encountered challenges in online learning environments. To address this problem, this presentation is two-fold. First, it discusses effective ways to foster active engagement and connections with online learners. Second, it shows how Nearpod and Mentimeter could be used to supplement Zoom presentations for online learning in the challenging context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Weblinks, examples of class activities and lessons learned on the effective implementation of Nearpod and Mentimeter tools will also be shared. The presentation emphasises the needs to promote the wider application of technological affordances for today’s learner engagement.