Core teaching tools

This page identifies recommended tools to support effective flexible learning.

These tools are categorised using Diana Laurillard’s learning types (Laurillard, 2012) to ensure that pedagogy is driving their selection and use. When selecting a tool, staff should consider both their learning requirements and the level of support offered.

Tools that are not listed here?
The University does not prevent you from using unsupported technologies, but be cognisant of the risks of self-support, while maintaining a safe learning environment for students.

Teaching tools ecosystem

The University recommends these core tools for teaching online.

A diagram showing the University's recommended core technology tools with respect to the six learning types.

Note: Designed for paper sizes A2 and above.

The six learning types

The tools in the infographic are clustered around their potential to support the six learning types, as described by Diana Laurillard: acquisition, inquiry, discussion, practice, collaboration, and production. These are explained in this 3-minute video.

Many of these tools are available through the Software Centre for PC or Apple Mac Self-Service. See the Staff Intranet for a list of University licensed software.

If you require specialist software in your labs, FlexIT enables off-campus access to software that would otherwise only be available on campus.

Request access to FlexIT and check the available software list. If something is missing from the list, please inquire through the IT Portal.

Learning type Supported
(Centrally by the University)
Recommended
(self-directed, faculty or LLS supported)
Acquisition
Learning through acquisition is what learners are doing when they are listening to a lecture or podcast, reading from books or websites, and watching demos or videos.
Canvas Modules1
Canvas Pages
eTV1
Lecture Theatre Recordings
Talis reading lists
H5P
Reference Management Tools
KuraCloud (FMHS)
Web-based resources2
Collaboration
Learning through collaboration embraces mainly discussion, practice, and production. Building on investigations and acquisition it is about taking part in the process of knowledge building itself.
Canvas Groups
Canvas Conferences
Canvas Pages (student editable)
Canvas Discussions or Group Discussions
CourseBuilder student pages2
Google Workspace1
PeerMark
Zoom
Office 3651
Reference Management Tools
Perusall
Polling tools

 

Piazza

Discussion
Learning through discussion requires the learner to articulate their ideas and questions, and to challenge and respond to the ideas and questions from the teacher, and/or from their peers.
Canvas Assignments
Canvas Chat
Canvas Collaborations
Canvas Conferences
Canvas Discussions
Canvas Inbox
Google Workspace1
Office 3651
Zoom
Perusall
Polling tools

 

Piazza
YouTube
Vimeo

Inquiry
Learning through investigation guides the learner to explore, compare and critique texts, documents and resources that reflect the concepts and ideas being taught.
Talis reading lists
Reference Management Tools
PeerMark
Peerwise
The R Project for Statistical Computing (FoS)
Library databases
Web-based resources2
Reference Management Tools
Practice
Learning through practice enables the learner to adapt their actions to the task goal, and use the feedback to improve their next action. Feedback may come from self-reflection, from their peers, from the teacher, or from the activity itself, if it shows them how to improve the result of their action in relation to the goal.
Canvas Quizzes
Canvas Assignments
PeerMark
Turnitin
H5P
CodeRunner (FoS)
CodeWrite (FoS)
Peerwise
Python (Fos)
The R Project for Statistical Computing (FoS)
KuraCloud (FMHS)
Polling tools

 

Production
Learning through production is the way the teacher motivates the learner to consolidate what they have learned by articulating their current conceptual understanding and how they used it in practice.
Canvas Quizzes
Google Workspace1
Office 3651
OneDrive1
Turnitin
Zoom
Chalk and Wire (FMHS)
Mahara (EDSW)
Python (FoS)
The R Project for Statistical Computing (FoS)
YouTube
Vimeo

 

1 Sign in with your University of Auckland account, e.g., jblo007@aucklanduni.ac.nz for Google Workspace, or jblo007@uoa.auckland.ac.nz for OneDrive, or Office 365.
2 Web-based resources: Open textbooks, Audio books, Podcasts, Multimedia resources, Databases, MOOCs, CourseBuilder, Library database subscriptions

Canvas self-help guides

University of Auckland self-help guides for Canvas course design and delivery: canvas.ac.nz

Access technologies through VPN

Where off campus locations and/or specific country firewalls prevent access to the University network.

References

Laurillard, D. (2012). Teaching as a Design Science. Routledge.

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