Authentic Lessons for 21st Century Learning

Shortened URL Links

Kelsey Willems, Bradly Cusack | Published: October 16th, 2023 by K20 Center


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Shortened URL Links

Shortening long and/or complicated URL links enables students to access web-based material easier and faster.

Shortened URL Links


URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator and is simply the unique address for websites. Sometimes URLs can be long and complicated, making it time-consuming to type out. If students need to access a website, it is easier and faster if the address is shorter.

Creating a scannable QR code is another alternative, but if students do not have scanning capabilities, then shortened URLs are still needed. 


Create a shortened URL link:

  1. In a URL shortener app, add a destination URL you wish to display when the shortened URL is used.

  2. After a shortened link is generated, copy the new link.

  3. Paste to your text.

Examples of free URL shortener generators: 

Note: Free accounts may have limitations on the number of shortened URLs you can create.

Bitly. (n.d.). Bitly. GoLinks. (n.d.). Inc. (n.d.). . TinyURL LLC. (n.d.). TinyURL.