Tools

 

The digital tools below will enable you to extend your collaborative learning opportunities and reach out to other learners and resources available on the web. Don’t try to be in all spaces at once,  start with a limited amount and see what works best for you.

If you are an experienced online learner and familiar with other digital tools, please feel free to use them for your learning and share with others so that we can all learn from each other. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you will also be able to download the related mobile apps (available for Apple and Android devices). Please note, you are not expected to use all the below but you will need to have a Google account to be able to interact with others via the Google plus community.

The ONL course site in WordPress

This is where you are now.  WordPress is a free blogging and content management tool which we use to build the ONL course site. Under the tab Home, course messages will be posted continuously during the course. If you want to subscribe to these updates, please enter your e-mail in the field and click on the button Follow (on the right).

WordPress might also be a good choice for creating your own blog, learning portfolio or homepage. To do so you will need to create an account at the wordpress site.

Google+ community

For course communication and collaboration an ONL community will be used. Conversations there are linked to the ONL topics and will be contained within the same space. Please note the Google+ community discussions are driven by the community itself and can be used by any ONL participant learning autonomously or in a PBL group. Also open learners are very welcome to join and participate in the discussions there. This is also the space to introduce yourself and ask questions.

Please note, you need a Google account and to create a public Google+ profile to join the community. See the quick guide in the right column. 

Google drive

Google drive can be described as an online space where you can upload, create, work with and share folders,  documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can use Google Drive as a repository or working space online on your own or together with your PBL-group since a document or folder can be edited by many at the same time. Here is a guide on

Your learning (b)log

In this course we encourage all participants to write reflections on each course topic in their own blogs. Read more about ONL learning blogs.

The two most common tools for blogging are WordPress and Blogger and you are free to choose the blog tool you like best. Remember to add the course hashtag #ONL172 in all your posts.

Twitter (optional)

It will also be useful to use your Twitter account or create one and follow @OpenNetLearn which is ONL’s Twitter presence. The hashtag of the course is #ONL172. Additional conversations linked to ONL will happen there. The ONL Twitter feed is also displayed on the ONL homepage.

TweetchatAlternative twitter clients:

 

Creative Commons licences:

Remember that this is an open learning space and all resources shared and created will be available under a creative commons (cc) licence. Please consider sharing your contributions and creations under cc to enable wider use and re-purposing.

QUICK LINKS


Create account on Google
Google+ Help Center

WordPress (learning blog)
Twitter (Sharing information, discussions)

STEP BY STEP GUIDES


Create a WordPress blog (PDF)
Create a Blogger blog
Google accounts/community (PDF)
Manage Twitter (video)

ONL LINKS


ONL172 community on Google +
ONL Twitter: @OpenNetLearn
ONL Twitter hashtag: #ONL172

TOOL GUIDE


Smarter collaboration
Wide selection of digital tools, including most of those mentioned below.

SOME USEFUL TOOLS


E-meeting tools
Adobe Connect – guide for participants
BlackBoard Collaborateguide (video)
Zoom! – for group meetings

Collaborative tools
Padlet for presentations
Prezi (presentations),
please sign up as an educator
Todays meet – create a free chat room online
Wikispaces for collaborative projects
Mentimeter: create polls to activate your students during seminars/webinars.

Creation of media
Screencast-o-matic for screen recordings
Ted Ed for creating online lessons
Canva for visualizations & infographics
Pictochart for creating infographics
Pixlr for editing images online

Finding free media to use in presentations and learning blogs:
Morguefile.com
Creative commons search 

Please make sure that you give creators of media the correct attribution – here is a movie that explains Creative Commons.

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