Technologies to enhance learning

In the online and blended environment, there are many learning technologies you can engage with to provide supportive processes and experiences for students, in addition to supportive processes and experiences for teachers. It is important to explore the technologies to be used as part of the design process, to ensure consideration is made to how they enhance learning and teaching.

Pedagogy before technology

Knowing which technology to use for your online or blended learning and teaching practices can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming. This video highlights issues you should keep in mind when making this decision. These include the importance of considering pedagogy before technology, the benefits of starting with something simple, and the need to provide adequate technical support and training for your students.

Maximising the functions of your Learning Management System (ie: Moodle) online learning processes can include creation, engagement, interactive and collaborative mechanisms all in the one place. It is important to understand that using the wrong tool for your learning activity can impact on the efficiency and quality of the processes. Just as choosing the right tool can enhance the learning and teaching processes. So the underlying principle is choosing the right online tool for the learning job! Below is a snapshot of the common learning technologies available at FedUni:

Resources - Using Moodle

The term 'resource' in Moodle, means just that...the creation of a resource of information to support student learning, thus tools to interact with content for learning. This may include information to read, watch or accessing a link or file. Moodle supports a range of resource types which teachers can add to their courses. Resources appear as a single link with an icon in the front that represents the type of resource.

Resource functions in Moodle can be used to:

  • Display written information as text or headings
  • Display embedded video or audio content
  • Create links to websites, electronic articles or e-books
  • Create a resource that combines all of the above on a single 'page' or multiple pages in a 'book' or 'lesson'

Examples include: Book, Lesson, File, Folder, Page, URL (weblink), and Label. For further information on what these online tools have to offer learning, when to use them in learning, considerations in use and instructions on setting these up in your course, visit the Staff eLearning Hub , or FedStaff – Moodle Ready.

Activities - Using Moodle

The term 'activity' in Moodle, means just that...an active learning or teaching component, thus tools to interact with peers and/or teachers for learning.  Activity functions in Moodle can be used for:

  • Displaying content
  • Interacting with content
  • Creating communities of learning
  • Creating collaborative spaces
  • Creating discussions and conversations

Examples include: Quiz, Forum, Glossary, Feedback, Choice, Wiki, and Workshop. For further information on what these online tools have to offer learning, when to use them in learning, considerations in use and instructions on setting these up in your course, visit the Staff eLearning Hub , or FedStaff – Moodle Ready.

Video – using Kaltura ('FedFlix')
Video is the creation of visual, audio or audiovisual media directly linked to Moodle that can be used for the delivery of content, engagement, instruction and assessment. This medium can be used by uploading as a quiz question, video discussion forums, a link on an ePortfolio page, content within a Moodle book or a lesson, created for a Wiki or Workshop activity, and submitted as an Assignment link. More information about this technology.
Virtual classroom – using Adobe Connect
Adobe Connect is an external software program linked directly to Moodle to enable a 'virtual learning space' or online synchronous tutorial. Adobe Connect allows you to 'talk' and present in real time with either a single or group of students, and also allows recording of the session for reference later. More information about this technology.
ePortfolio’s –using Mahara
An ePortfolio is an electronically stored collection of student experiences, achievements and artefacts and/or reflections on learning. Students can create webpages of text, images, embedded videos, journal entries and weblinks to create a journey of learning and submit a link directly via Moodle. More information about this technology.
Resource repository – using Equella
The Equella resource enables a teacher to directly link Moodle to content stored in an Equella repository. Users are automatically authenticated to the Equella repository when they choose a resource. Equella has been present at Federation University for a couple of years, and is now developing a collaborative repository of works to draw upon. More information about this technology.
Open education resources
Open Education Resources (OPE) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, video’s, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. It is the leading trend in online and blended education domains as a consequence of the openness movement. Federation University has access to a range of OPE to support academic staff in the development of quality online learning activities, and the Library staff are the people to see to find out what our institution has access too, or can get access too. For further information, contact the Library.
Other integrated tools

There are a number of other learning technologies that can enhance the online learning experience for students. If you are planning on using another platform not listed above, check with a CLIPP Learning Designer or CLIPP Learning Technology Support staff before you set anything up - just to make sure there are appropriate supports for both staff and students in its integration for learning. For more information, contact CLIPP.

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