This toolkit is categorized into different activities that you may want to undertake with your students ranging from communication to sharing material to online lectures. Each category contains our recommendations for the tools to use, with a description of the tool, a text based user guide, as well as instructional videos. Your feedback is essential to us, and any suggestions or comments can be made to the CLT email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communication with Students
There are several platforms that allow you to communicate with your students in and out of class. Some of the tools mentioned below can perform several functions and so you may find them under a different category as well.
- Google Chat and Email: AUC members are provided with a Gmail account, which hosts multiple features, including Google Chat. The Gmail service facilitates communication with students, through individual emails as well as group emails to the entire class. The Google Chat feature, which allows you to synchronously chat with one or more student simultaneously as well as to call users through Google Hangout feature.
- Skype is a free instant messaging service that allows users to video call users individually or in videoconference with up to 10 users simultaneously. Skype allows users to share their screen with the rest of the users involved in the call, which can be a very effective way of giving feedback to students.
There are multiple ways of delivering direct instruction to students online both synchronously and a synchronously. While asynchronous tools are suitable for reflection on complex issues that require students to take time to think and respond, synchronous tools are suggested to discuss less complex issues and get acquainted as students become more committed and motivated because a quick response is expected.
- Panopto: The Panopto lecture capture system automatically records audio with/without video as well as any content from presentations, and makes it available for play-back in a digital format using any web browser as well as audio and video podcasts, with the recorded audio/video in-sync with visual content.
- Powerpoint is a presentation program with multiple slides that allow the integration of animation and multimedia pieces.
- VoiceThread is a web-based multimedia slideshow presentation, which allows users to have an asynchronous conversation around the presentation through video and voice annotations. VoiceThread can be used to send students prompts using documents or multimedia thanks to the video and voice annotations as well as the doodle feature that allows users to point at specific details of a presentation while commenting on it.
- Prezi is a cloud-based software presentation and storytelling tool for presenting idea on a virtual canvas.
Feedback and Assessment
The platforms below provide a range of methods to provide formative and summative assessment. Software such as Turnitin or Show Me allow users to give detailed formative feedback though the use of voice as well as written comments to both the general document and specific parts of it. Blackboard and Turnitin also provide grade books for keeping track of students’ progress.
- Turnitin is an Internet-based plagiarism prevention service that helps instructors as well as students to check a paper’s similarity with the sources cited and thus preventing possible cases of plagiarism. It also offers other features, such as an online grading tool (called GradeMark) with written and voice comments, and a peer review system(called PeerMark), with the option to randomly assign papers to peers.
- ShowMe (IPAD only) is an application available for the iPad and some other tablet devices. It enables instructors to record while using a whiteboard,where one write notes and give feedback on existing work for example. The video recorded can then be shared with students as a class or individually. It also allows users to record while adding annotation on a document, which could be used for assessment.
- GoogleDrive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, which enables users cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Google Drive is the home of Google Docs, which offers collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets,presentations and more.
Some of the tools available below help facilitate the reflective practices. Google Sites and wikis are tailored for collaborative work as well student reflections. Items like blogs and journals can also aid in individual reflection and expression.
- Blogs: A blog is a website where a user can post entries (called “posts”) that are displayed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent appearing at the top of the page. A blog can be created through different websites, such as Blogger, which is accessible within the AUC email account, Wordpress and Tumblr. A blog can be used for individual reflection, group work as well as a course management system.
- Google Sites is an tool offered by Google and accessible from the AUC email account to create a web page structured as a wiki where multiple users can collaborate and share files.
- Wiki is a web application that allows users to share multimedia as well as collaborate on the creation of content with multiple users working on the same platform. A wiki can be created through sites such as PBWorks or Google Site and it can be used as content management system, where a single user can share materials with other and/or multiple users in collaboration create content.