Why would I use Active & Collaborative Learning Tools?

Active learning tools can be used to engage students and promote deeper understanding in both online and face-to-face sessions. Collaborative tools allow students to interact and connect with each other in an online platform. 

What Active & Collaborative Learning Tools are available?

The active and collaborative centrally support learning tools include:

Echo360 ALP

In addition to lecture recordings, Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP) provides a range of functionality to facilitate in-class engagement and participation.

Features

  • Deliver live polling and free-text response questions during face-to-face sessions. 
  • Students can respond to questions via the Echo360 app on their mobile phone or the browser on their laptop/tablet. 
  • Questions can be added within a PowerPoint uploaded to Echo360 ALP. 
  • Justification option can be added to questions.
  • Pose questions and respond to student questions through the in-built discussion board.
  • Review student answers without attributions.
  • View how many students have flagged a slide as 'confusing'.
  • View student learning analytics data.

Limitations

  • Animations do not display on PowerPoint presentations, however alternatively you are able to deliver only the questions through Echo360 ALP.
  • Image quiz 'dot' is defaulted to yellow. This may cause problems in the event the picture used is yellow or close to that colour, as it is difficult to identify where the dots are placed.
  • Justification option on questions needs to be used sparingly to encourage student responses.

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PadletUQ

PadletUQ is the university's licensed version of Padlet which allows students to submit free-text responses on a 'virtual wall' (webpage). The instructor can then select particular answers for discussion.

Features

  • Can include a range of media in posts, such as text, videos, images, maps, PDFs, GIFs and more. 
  • Unlimited number of posts.
  • Range of Padlet format options to facilitate different types of activites (i.e. Wall, Canvas, Stream, Grid, Shelf, Backchannel and Map). 
  • Instructor can adjust the privacy settings of the Padlet.
  • Can be set up to display student names with their posts by ensuring students login with their UQ email. 
  • Can personalise the icon, wallpaper and colour scheme. 
  • Can export posts, change format and reuse for next session.

Limitations

  • Compared to other active learning tools, this takes more time to setup.

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UQpoll (UQ Active Learn)

UQpoll allows teaching staff to pose multiple choice questions in class within their PowerPoint presentation, on the board or verbally. Students vote for the option via a webpage on a smart phone, tablet or laptop. The answers are then displayed in the front of the class as a graph.

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UQpoll student view UQpoll staff view

Features 

  • Instructor and students have separate URLs for easy access.
  • Instructor can clear responses immediately and use the same URL for additional questions. 
  • Can save responses as a CSV file and as an image.
  • No account setup needed for staff or students. 
  • Can control when students can start and stop inputting answers to questions.

Limitations

  • Question textbox has a limit of 64 characters.
  • Cannot change number of possible answers (i.e. must include 5 response options)
  • Need to display answer options separately (i.e. in a Powerpoint slide).
  • Need to switch between the PowerPoint presentation to view answer options and browser to view responses. 
  • Students need a UQ account to contribute.  

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UQwordcloud (UQ Active Learn)

UQwordcloud allows teaching staff to pose short answer questions in class with students being able to enter responses of up to 25 characters. Students respond to the question via a webpage on a smart phone, tablet or laptop. The answers are then collated and displayed at the front of the class as a 'wordcloud' for discussion. 

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Student UQwordcloud

Features

  • Useful for brainstorming.
  • Common responses are made larger to indicate the number of student responses.
  • Instructor and students have separate URLs for easy access.
  • Instructor can clear responses immediately and use the same URL for additional questions. 
  • Can save responses as a CSV file and as an image.
  • No account setup needed for staff or students. 
  • Can control when students can start and stop inputting answers to questions.
  • Student responses can be identified, however you may want to advise students to be mature and ignore anything inappropriate.

Limitations

  • Question textbox has a limit of 64 characters.
  • Limit of 1 - 3 words (25 characters) per response.
  • Does not recognise foreign language symbols.  
  • Cannot be used for higher order thinking questions, as answers are too short.

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UQwordstream (UQ Active Learn)

UQwordstream allows teaching staff to pose open-ended response questions in class with students being able to enter free-text responses up to 1000 characters. Students respond to the question via a webpage on a smart phone, tablet or laptop. The answers are then displayed at the front of a class in a ‘Twitter’ like feed. 

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Student UQwordstream Staff - UQwordstream

Features

  • Can gather qualitative feedback through open-ended or closed-ended questions.
  • Can make student responses anonymous to encourages open feedback.
  • Instructor and students have separate URLs for easy access.
  • Instructor can clear responses immediately and use the same URL for additional questions. 
  • Can save responses as a CSV file and as an image.
  • No account setup needed for staff or students. 
  • Can control when students can start and stop inputting answers to questions.
  • Student responses can be identified, however you may want to advise students to be mature and ignore anything inappropriate.

Limitations

  • Question textbox has a limit of 64 characters.
  • Limit of 500 words (1000 characters) per response.
  • Does not recognise foreign language symbols.  
  • Need to advise students to be mature and ignore anything inappropriate.

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Discussion Boards

A discussion board is a place where Course Coordinators and students can post discussion items and reply to other posts. A Discussion Board should be used for short question-and-answer-style collaboration between students.

Features

  • Allows for marking of individual submissions or student contributions over a semester.
  • Students can give feedback on each others' work.
  • The "post first" set up can be used to ensure student enter their own response before they can view the responses of other students.

Limitations

  • No similarity report.
  • Posts are visible to all students.

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H5P (Pilot)

H5P provides an easy way to create small interactive learning objects that can be inserted into courses, providing students with engaging resources and formative assessment activities that provide immediate feedback.

Note: H5P is being piloted by learning designers across UQ during 2019. It is planned to make the tool more widely available in 2020.

Features

  • Feedback is provided immediately to the student. 
  • Learning objects are interactive and easy to use.
  • All interactive learning objects created within H5P can be shared with others who can then edit or copy the content. 

Limitations

  • Content needs to be embedded externally, for example in edX (Edge) or Learn.UQ (Blackboard) for easy accessibility. 

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