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
Review your student learning outcomes and identify the specific learning needs and purpose of the technology (see Table A below).
Evaluate the alternative technologies available to help students learn, practice, and retain new learning.
Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each potential technology (accessibility, ease of use, availability, cost etc.).
Select the best technology (or an effective mix) that draws on the strengths of each technology to help students accomplish the student learning
Develop an assessment plan to evaluate whether students achieved the specific student learning objective.
Re-evaluate and confirm your final technology choice(s) (Campbell, 2014).
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:
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):
- I want my students to be able to create web based timelines.
- I want my students to create web based mind maps / graphic organizers.
- I want my students to publish their writing online for others to read.
- I want real-time, online discussion with my students.
- I want my students to search and evaluate web sites.
- I want to create guided research activities for my students.
- I want to connect my students to other students around the world.
- I want my students to create online portfolios.
- I want my students to create books, magazines, posters, or newsletters online.
- I want my students to record or edit audio.
- I want to use an interactive whiteboard effectively with my students.
- I want my students to create and edit maps.
- I want my students to draw or create comics on the Internet.
- I want to create tests, quizzes, and games online.
- I want my students to organize, bookmark and edit their research online.
- I want to find or create rubrics for multimedia projects.
- I want to connect to other teachers to share ideas and resources.
Recommended Webinars and Video Tutorials
Online Learning Tools
- Blended Learning Guide – Web Junction:
http://www.webjunction.org/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=443615&name=DLFE-12302.pdf This guide developed by Web Junction offers several quick guides which overview the background of a particular learning technology, the best uses, the
benefits, the challenges, links to additional resources as well as tips and tricks.
- Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT): http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm This website offers free and online peer-reviewed teaching and learning materials.
- 50 Educational Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About, Ross Crockett:
http://fluency21.com/blog/2013/03/26/50-education-technology-tools-every-teacher-should-know-about/ This site organizes each tool into categories such as social learning, learning, lesson planning and tools, and useful tools.
- The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013, Jane Hart: http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/ This resource provides a summary and list of the top 100 learning tools, links to more information, and comments from users.
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