Examples of different types of digital tools that can be used

Self-reglulated learning in online learning

Examples of different types of digital tools that can be used

Digital tools are organized into various usage categories and are also labeled according to the thematic areas they pertain to.

The Orange Label
Online Teaching

Refer to:

Slide 11: Choosing the right digital tools for your course and learning objectives

Unit 1: Planning the use of digital technologies in online teaching

The Red Label
Learner Interaction

Refer to:

Slide 20: Choosing the right digital tools to facilitate student-to-student and student-to-teacher Interaction

Unit 2: How digital technology can be used to guide and support learner interactions in online study

The Green Label
Communication & Collaborative Learning

Refer to:

Slide 28: Choosing the right tools for Collaborative Learning

Unit 3: How to use digital technologies to empower online learners in communication and collaboration.

The Blue Label
Self-Regulated Learning

Refer to:

Slide 40: Choosing the right tools to support student self-regulated learning

Unit 4: How to use digital technologies to support online learners to plan their own learning.

Accessibility Tools

Ensuring that all learning materials are accessible to students with disabilities is essential; these tools assist with text-to-speech, reading, writing, and note-taking

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching

Adaptive Learning Platforms

These platforms adapt to the individual learner’s pace and understanding, providing personalized pathways through the content and immediate feedback on performance.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching, Self-Regulated Learning

Adaptive Learning Platforms

Live polling and quizzes can create interactive and fun learning experiences, encouraging everyone to participate in real-time.

Examples:

Tags: Learner Interactions

Asynchronous Communication Platforms Discussion Forums and boards

These platforms facilitate asynchronous ongoing threaded discussions and community building. giving students the opportunity to post thoughts, video responses, and feedback on their own schedule. It allows in-depth dialogue, peer support, and the exchange of ideas over time.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching, Learner Interactions, Communication & Collaborative Learning

Synchronous Communication tools Video Conferencing Tools

These technologies support real-time video conferencing, suitable for lectures, discussions, and group activities, closely mirroring in-person interaction. They provide a virtual environment for live classes, office hours, and one-on-one meetings, capturing the essence of face-to-face communication. Webinar tools with breakout features allow smaller group discussions within larger sessions, similar to side conversations in traditional classrooms. Breakout rooms in video conferencing also replicate the closeness of group discussions and collaborations found in physical classroom settings.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching, Learner Interactions, Communication & Collaborative Learning

Collaborative Document Editing and Content Sharing Platforms

Students can work together in real-time or asynchronously on shared documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, facilitating cooperative learning and project work. These tools allow multiple users to collaborate on documents simultaneously, enabling real-time editing and commenting.

Examples:

Tags: Learner interactions

Collaborative workspaces

These platforms support group projects and collaborative assignments, enabling students to work together effectively even when physically apart. They provide spaces for peer support and discussions helping to mitigate feelings of isolation.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching, Communication & Collaborative Learning, Self-Regulated Learning

Group project management tools

Group project management tools help students organize and track their work on collaborative projects. They can be used to assign tasks, set deadlines, and track progress.

Examples:

Tags: Communication & Collaborative Learning, Self-Regulated Learning

Learning management systems (LMSs)

LMSs provide a central platform where students can access course materials, participate in discussions, submit assignments, and take assessments. They also offer a variety of tools to support collaborative learning, such as discussion forums, wikis, and group project management tools.

Examples::

Tags: Online Teaching, Communication & Collaborative Learning

Learning Management System (LMS) Feature

Integrated LMS tools can streamline communication and collaboration, with the added benefit of being linked directly to course content and resources.

Examples:

  • Discussion boards and group workspaces in LMS
    (f.ex. Canvas, Moodle and Blackboard)

Tags: Learner Interactions

Interactive Presentation and Content Creation Tools

These allow educators to create dynamic presentations and learning materials that can engage students more deeply than static content.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching

Interactive Whiteboards and Brainstorming Tools

These tools allow for real-time collaboration during lessons, where both teachers and students can contribute, annotate, and visually share ideas as if they were in the same room. They offer a visual space for brainstorming, diagramming, and planning, which can be especially useful for complex projects and creative tasks.

Examples:

Tags:  Learner Interactions, Communication
& Collaborative Learning

Multimedia Resources and Libraries

Supplemental educational resources can enhance learning with high-quality content that provides different perspectives on course material.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching

Digital Assessment Tools

They provide interactive ways to assess student learning and give immediate feedback, which can be very motivating for students.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching

Peer Review and Feedback Tools

Peer assessment tools help students engage with each other’s work, offering constructive feedback and learning through evaluation. These tools facilitate peer-to-peer feedback on assignments, fostering a culture of constructive criticism and collaborative improvement.

Examples:

Tags:  Learner Interactions, Communication
& Collaborative Learning

Self Assessment Tools

These tools enable students to test their knowledge and receive immediate feedback, which is crucial for self-regulation in the absence of direct instructor feedback.

Examples

Tags: Self-Regulated Learning

Learner Analytics Tools

Analytics provide students with insights into their learning patterns, engagement levels, and areas for improvement.

Examples:

  • Integrated analytics in LMS
  • Learner dashboards in LMS

Tags: Self-Regulated Learning

Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)

PLEs allow learners to create and manage their own learning content, set goals, and reflect on their learning journey, promoting a sense of ownership and self-direction.

Examples:

Tags: Self-Regulated Learning

E-Learning Authoring Tools

For more advanced users, creating their own learning materials can deepen understanding and engagement with the content.

Examples:

Tags: Self-Regulated Learning

Idea generation and brainstorming

To help online learners and teachers to generate, organize, and share ideas for a project or a topic.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching, Learner Interactions, Communication & Collaborative Learning

Mind Mapping and Concept Mapping

Mind mapping tools help in organizing thoughts, planning assignments, and visualizing concepts, which can aid in understanding and remembering information. These tools help online learners and teachers to visualize and explore concepts, relationships, or data using diagrams, charts, or graphs.

Examples:

Tags: Self-Regulated Learning

Robotics and coding tools

These tools help online learners and teachers to learn and teach coding and robotics skills in a fun and engaging way.  They allow users to create and program interactive games, stories, animations, or robots.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching

Social Media and Networking Platforms

These can be used to create professional learning networks, share resources, and connect with a global community.These platforms can extend the classroom community to a broader network, encouraging informal interactions and networking

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching, Learner Interactions

Social Networking Platforms for Education

These platforms are designed for educational settings, enabling networking, resource sharing, and community building.

Examples:

Tags: Communication & Collaborative Learning

Instant Messaging (IM) and Chat tools

IM can facilitate quick, informal conversations and create a continuous space for class community interaction.IM can support the quick exchange of ideas and foster a sense of immediacy and connection among students.

Examples:

Tags: Learner Interactions, Communication & Collaborative Learning

Virtual Labs and Simulations

In subjects that require hands-on practice, these tools offer virtual labs and simulations to provide experiential learning opportunities.

Examples:

Tags: Online Teaching

Virtual Learning Environment (VLEs)

VLEs can create a sense of place for learners, providing a 3D immersive space for meetings, social events, and group work.

Examples:

Tags: Learner Interactions, Communication & Collaborative Learning

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) [For Immersive Learning}

VR and AR can create immersive learning experiences and simulations that bring students together in a virtual space that feels more ‘present’ than traditional online platforms. VR and AR can provide immersive learning experiences that are self-guided

Examples:

Tags: Communication & Collaborative Learning