Core teaching tools

Canvas self-help guides

For course design and delivery

Access technologies through VPN

For cases where virtual access restrictions exist due to off campus locations and/or specific country firewall regulations.

Teaching tools ecosystem

The University recommends these core tools for teaching online.

A diagram showing the universities recommended core technology tools with respect to the six learning types.

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.

Purpose

Supported
(Centrally by the University)
Recommended
(Faculty / LLS supported)
Recognised
(Individual / Department supported)
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 Docs1
Google Drive1
PeerMark
Zoom
Piazza
ProQuest RefWorks
Aropä
Asana
Confluence (wiki)
Dropbox
GitHub
Mural
Office 365
Padlet
Slack
Trello
Web-based polling tools3
Zotero
Content 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
CourseBuilder2
eTV1
Lecture Theatre Recordings
Talis reading lists
ProQuest RefWorks Confluence (wiki)
EndNote
H5P
Vimeo
Web-based polling tools3
Web-based resources4
WordPress
YouTube
Producing learning artefacts
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
CourseBuilder2
Google Docs1
Google Drive1
MS Office or Office 3651
OneDrive1
Turnitin
Zoom
Chalk and Wire (FMHS)
Mahara (EDSW)
Adobe Captivate
Adobe Creative Cloud
BB Flashback
Camtasia
Confluence (wiki)
Dropbox
H5P
iMovie
Miro Video Converter
Office 365
SnagIt
Twine
ThingLink
QuickTime
Vimeo
Web-based polling tools3
WordPress
YouTube
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 Assignemnts
Canvas Chat
Canvas Collarborations
Canvas Conferences
Canvas Discussions
Canvas Inbox
GSuite1
Zoom
Piazza Basecamp
Discord
Slack
Skype
Web-based polling tools3
WeChat
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
Library database subscriptions
Peermark
Peerwise
ProQuest RefWorks
Aropä
Atlas.ti
EndNote
Google Scholar
Mendeley
Nvivo
Qualtrics
ScienceDirect
Springer
SPSS
Survey Monkey
Web of Science
Web-based polling tools3
Web-based resources4
Zotero
Learning through 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 Assignemnts
Peermark
Turnitin
CodeRunner
CodeWrite
Peerwise
Aropä
Breakout EDU
H5P
kuraCloud
Teammates
WordPress
YouTube

1 Sign in to Google’s G Suite, OneDrive, or Office 365 products with your University of Auckland account, e.g., jblo007@aucklanduni.ac.nz
2 See also CourseBuilder Support website, and how to embed CourseBuilder content in Canvas.
3 Web-based polling tools: Mentimeter, Socrative, Sli.do, Kahoot!, GoSoapBox, Peerwise Live, PollEverywhere, Top Hat, Google Slides Q&A
4 Web-based resources: Open textbooks, Audio books, Podcasts, Repositories, Databases, MOOCs