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Asynchronous Learning Tools

  1. 1. Discussion Boards Wikis Assessments Google Documents Videos Messages
  2. 2. Discussion Boards Definition: “a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials” (Discussion Board, 2013) • Used for: Communication • Forum for online rich text based communication • Thread-based discussions where participants respond to an initial prompt and to each other • Example: phpBB
  3. 3. Discussion Boards Wikis Assessments Google Documents Videos Messages
  4. 4. Wikis Definition: “A space designed to be created and edited by groups of persons” (Simonson et al, 2012, p. 129) • Used for: Collaboration, Communication • Multiple linked pages • Can be edited and updated frequently & quickly • Excellent collaboration & group assignment tool • Example: Wikipedia
  5. 5. Discussion Boards Wikis Assessments Google Documents Videos Messages
  6. 6. Assessments TestsQuizzes Can contain multiple choice, true/false, essay, and many other types of questions – also can include graphics, videos, and simulations Can include time limits, multiple attempts and the ability to save and resume later “Self-study activities that provide feedback to learners, motivate them to keep up with course readings, and provide reinforcement of important ideas” (Simonson et al, 2012)
  7. 7. Discussion Boards Wikis Assessments Google Documents Videos Messages
  8. 8. Google Documents Used for: Collaboration Multiple users can contribute, edit, and format documents simultaneously online in real-time No software installations required Example: Google Drive
  9. 9. Discussion Boards Wikis Assessments Google Documents Videos Messages
  10. 10. Videos Used for: Learning Material Audio and visual content used to explain concepts and course materials Example: YouTube
  11. 11. Discussion Boards Wikis Assessments Google Documents Videos Messages
  12. 12. Messages Definition: “a familiar, email-like environment that you can use for course communication” (Blackboard Help, 2013) Used for: Communication Limited to only course participants
  13. 13. References Blackboard Help (2013). Blackboard Inc. Retrieved from https://help.blackboard.com/en- us/Learn/9.1_SP_12_and_SP_13/Stud ent/. Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson.

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