Op woensdag 1 september 2022 is Jane Hart van plan de resultaten van de 16de inventarisatie van de Top 200 Tools for Learning 2022 te publiceren. Wil jij jouw favoriete leertechnologieën ook doorgeven (deadline 25 augustus 2022)? Hieronder vind je mijn top tien.
Leertechnologieën zijn technologieën die speciaal voor leren, opleiden en onderwijs zijn ontwikkeld of om tools die voor een ander doel zijn ontwikkeld, maar wel voor leerdoeleinden worden gebruikt.
Jane hanteert drie categorieën:
- Categorie 1: Tools voor persoonlijk leren
- Categorie 2: Tools voor werkplek leren
- Categorie 3: Tools voor onderwijs en opleiden.
Ook dit jaar heb ik een overzicht gemaakt van de meest gebruikte tools. Het zijn niet per definitie mijn favoriete tools, soms wel.
On behalf of Jane, I will proceed in English.
- Applications I use most intensively, are not always my favorite applications. You often have to accept tools that an organization offers to you. For virtual classroom sessions, I usually use applications available by the organisation that asks me to provide a virtual classroom session.
- I have been using the same learning technologies for a number of years. There are two reasons for this. First, I am rather suspicious of hypes. Second, I believe you should be cautious about using many different tools and changing tools all the time. The cognitive load that this imposes can be better used in a different way.
Here are the most frequently used tools of 2022:
- WordPress (Category 1)
Since several years on number 1. I use WordPress to blog. My weblog is my most important learning tool. I blog to process what I see and read, to reflect, to share knowledge and as an archive. My blogposts are thoughts under construction. I started to blog with Typepad. I use WordPress since December 2011. However, most of the feedback I receive via LinkedIn, nowadays.
- Inoreader (Category 1)
RSS is probably the most underused learning technology. My RSS-feedreader allows me to keep up to date in my field of expertise quickly and easily. Several years ago Inoreader became my new gateway to a large amount of weblogs (as the successor of Google Reader). Seven years ago I added some Twitter-lists to this feed reader. I use Inoreader of my iPhone, iPad and MacBook. It is easy to organise and share items or save items. Therefore Inoreader is crucial for curating information. However, curating is only a first step in learning. You need process the information, if you really want to learn (e.g. understand, apply and create).
- Pocket (Category 1)
I use Pocket to save blogposts and online articles. I read them on my iPhone, iPad an Macbook (often input for blog posts). I also have the opportunity to tweet, mail or save them to Diigo. In short, I use Inoreader for curating content, Pocket for storing it and -mostly- WordPress for processing the content.
- Keynote (Category 1, 2 and 3)
I use the Apple’s presentation for virtual classrooms, webinars, keynotes, presentations (e.g. in projects) and introductions in workshops (since March 2020 especially for webinars and virtual classrooms; I have to export the presentation to PDF if I want to share it with learners). In addition, producing presentations in Keynote fosters re-structuring my thoughts. Therefore, Keynote is also a tool for personal and professional learning.
- MS Teams (Category 2 and 3)
Most organizations I work, use MS teams for collaboration and to provide online workshops and online presentations. That is why I use this application very frequently. MS Teams is not my favorite application, allthough it is easy for messaging. This application has several functional limitations, such as switching smoothly between different accounts. Unfortunately, we often use sub-optimal tools to facilitate important processes. I prefer Vitero Inspire or Zoom for webinars or virtual classrooms. I do use both, but not as frequent as MS Teams.
- Moodle (Category 3).
As far as learning management systems/virtual (digital) learning environments are concerned, I am quite ‘agnostic’. Nevertheless, I use Moodle as a teacher for more than ten years now. I do use other learning management systems as well, like yOUlearn at the Open University in the Netherlands (based on Liferay), aNewSpring (sometimes) or Canvas (see below). The reason is that I mention Moodle as an example of an LMS/VLE is that a lot of people declared that the LMS/VLE is dead. This declaration is more than 10 years old. However, the LMS/VLE is like Mark Twain. The report of its death is an exaggeration. Moodle has been in existence for many years and is still the most widely used digital learning environment. It is a bit like a Swiss army knife with attractive functionalities and a lot of configuration possibilities. That is a strength and a pitfall as well.
- Canvas (Category 3).
Currently I work as programmanager of the implementation of the learning management system Canvas at Zadkine and Techniek College Rotterdam. We also developed courses in Canvas (how to use Canvas, Canvas and pedagogy). So we use Canvas for implementing this LMS as well. Canvas is a user friendly LMS. In my opinion easier to use than Moodle. It is easy to structure courses and the Speed Grader is powerful if you need to assess several assignments of a large group of students.
- Deeplr (Category 1).
A really great translator. Not as many languages as Google Translator. But I am more satisfied about the translations. We must also become less dependent on technology giants such as Google.
- Summari (Categori 1).
Okay. I’m still not sure of this will be a learning tool that I will be using on a long term. Summari is a tool that can be used to summarize online articles (what’s in a name?). You enter the URL of a website and Summari constructs a summary in no time. However, it strikes me that this tool regularly ignores important parts of a text. So, the summaries could be improved. I therefore use Summari’s summaries mostly for comparisons with my own.
- Screencast-o-matic (Category 2 and 3)
I use Screencast-o-Matic to produce instruction video’s: welcome messages, feedback messages, demonstrations of work processes (e.g. in Canvas) and instructions about e-learning and blended learning. The results are published in MS Teams or Vimeo, and shared in MS Teams, Moodle, yOUlearn or Canvas.
De eerste twee edities van de top 10 heb ik bij Jane Hart gepubliceerd, en zijn helaas niet meer online te vinden. Zie wel:
- Een bericht over de editie 2008
- Editie 2010
- Editie 2011
- Editie 2012
- Editie 2015
- Editie 2016
- Mijn favoriete leertechnologieën van 2018 @C4LPT
- Editie 2019
- Mijn favoriete leertechnologieën (editie 2020) @C4LPT
- Mijn meest gebruikte leertechnologieën van 2021 @C4LPT
Stem uiterlijk 25 augustus 2022 ook op jouw top 10.
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I agree with you on the (perceived) complexity and steep learning curve of working with Moodle, especially when comparing that to Canvas, but in all honesty: if and when Moodle is properly implemented, it should be a really user friendly LMS for students and faculty alike.
After having checked the SpeedGrader you mentioned in Canvas, I see a virtually similar interface for grading assignments in Moodle…
And: Moodle is truly open source, so it can be extended to suit an organisation’s needs through addons or LTI Advantage tools.