Online Learning Tools

​​Overview

With online technology learning tools becoming more popular, readily available and accessible with multiple devices, instructors have increasingly begun to implement these tools into the instructional design of their course to enhance learning and to assess student progress. To select the most appropriate technology:

  1. Review your student learning outcomes and identify the specific learning needs and purpose of the technology (see Table A below).
  2. Evaluate the alternative technologies available to help students learn, practice, and retain new learning.
  3. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each potential technology (accessibility, ease of use, availability, cost etc.).
  4. Select the best technology (or an effective mix) that draws on the strengths of each technology to help students accomplish the student learning objectives outcomes.
  5. Develop an assessment plan to evaluate whether students achieved the specific student learning objective.
  6. Re-evaluate and confirm your final technology choice(s) (Campbell, 2014).

Research

While there are several ways to explore which technology learning tool may be applicable, and using the Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (Chickering & Gamson, 1987) offers a useful framework as organized below:

1. Good practice encourages contact between students and faculty Email (text, audio, video)

2. Good practice emphasizes time on task

3. Good practice develops cooperation among students

4. Good practice communicates high expectations

  • Bb Syllabus with graphic organizers
  • Bb Rubric
  • Sample student work posted in Bb with annotation
  • Focused reading notes posted in Bb

5. Good practice encourages active learning Simulations

6. Good practice respects diverse talents and ways of learning

  • Universal Design for Learning principles
  • Web accessibility
  • Use of multiple delivery and engagement methods
  • Clear ex​pectations for civility and/or netiquette

7. Good practice gives prompt feedback

Practical Applications

Another way to explore which learning tool may be applicable is to consider the specific project or product that you would like students to complete. Visit one or more of the links below developed by EdTechTeacher: (2014):

  1. I want my students to be able to create web based timelines.
  2. I want my students to create web based mind maps / graphic organizers.
  3. I want my students to publish their writing online for others to read.
  4. I want real-time, online discussion with my students.
  5. I want my students to search and evaluate web sites.
  6. I want to create guided research activities for my students.
  7. I want to connect my students to other students around the world.
  8. I want my students to create online portfolios.
  9. I want my students to create books, magazines, posters, or newsletters online.
  10. I want my students to record or edit audio.
  11. I want to use an interactive whiteboard effectively with my students.
  12. I want my students to create and edit maps.
  13. I want my students to draw or create comics on the Internet.
  14. I want to create tests, quizzes, and games online.
  15. I want my students to organize, bookmark and edit their research online.
  16. I want to find or create rubrics for multimedia projects.
  17. I want to connect to other teachers to share ideas and resources.

Recommended Resources

Recommended Webinars and Video Tutorials 

Online Learning Tools

  • Free Collaboration Tools: http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/Collaborative+tools  This site, focused on Universal Design for Learning principles, offers a variety of learning technology tools including graphic organizers, storytelling, study skills, literacy tools, collaborative tools, research tools, math tools, and more.​

Related Evaluation and Assessment Resources

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