Digital Technologies
  • Interactive Learning and Teaching – What and Why?
  • Available Digital Technologies
  • Support

Key Takeaways

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Overview, benefits and considerations

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Find the appropriate tool

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Support

Digital Technologies

Overview

Interactive learning and teaching is an applied approach that can support synchronous and asynchronous learning by implementing the use of digital technologies to engage and improve your students learning journey.

Benefits of Digital Technologies

Utilising digital technologies in your teaching practice can have many benefits, such as:

  • Boosting engagement
  • Increasing collaboration and communication
  • Encouraging an active learning approach 
  • Targeting different types of learners 
  • Opportunities to provide feedback
  • Personalising the student experience
  • Supports a blended learning delivery

 

Considerations

Before you integrate Digital Technologies in your practice, consider the following:

Alignment to learning outcomes, assessments, concepts and industry

Identify the purpose and what you want students to do…

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Investigate which tool is most appropriate to execute your purpose

Digital Technologies Guide

Explore the ways of learning below to discover the appropriate digital technology to integrate in your teaching practice.  Adapted from Laurillard, D. (2012). Teaching as a design science : Building pedagogical patterns for learning and technology.

Development Time

Minutes  Minutes  Hours  Hours  Days Days  

Use

Easy  Easy Intermediate  IntermediateAdvanced  Advanced-icon

Click on the tabs below to explore the digital technologies. Please Note: Development time and use is an approximate.

Students acquire knowledge through reading, listening and watching different materials.

Technology  Level   Time  Learn through acquisition… 
RMIT Supported Technologies
Live Collaborative Tools (Collaborate Ultra or Microsoft Teams) Easy icon  

Live workshop content, activities and discussion. 

 

Microsoft 365  Easy icon Hours icon A combination of resources in different formats (Presentations, documents, data, etc. )
Emble  Easy icon Hours icon A Canvas page combining various formats (text, imagery, video, audio etc.) 
Canvas Studio Easy icon Hours icon Video and audio-based platform integrated into Canvas for both teacher and student use. Record and share screencasts or yourself, upload from your device and/or YouTube.
Leganto Reading List  Easy icon The Reading List module curate’s various resources (Journals, Videos, webpages etc.)
H5P   Intermediate Icon Hours icon Interactive teaching and learning materials. 
Adobe Express Intermediate Icon Hours icon Web-based multimedia resources etc.
Adobe Creative Cloud Advanced-icon Days icon Presentations, documents, multimedia resources etc. 
Canvas Quizzes
Easy icon Hours icon Create quizzes using a variety of questions types.
External Technologies
Genially   Intermediate Icon Hours icon Interactive presentations and learning materials. 

 

Students analyse ideas and information using a range of digital resources; Using digital tools to collect and analyse data; Comparing digital texts, using digital tools for searching and evaluating information and ideas.  

Technology Level   Time  Learn through inquiry… 
RMIT Supported Technologies
Microsoft 365   Easy icon Hours icon Source, analyse and evaluate digital resources via collaborative documents on MS 365. 
Live Collaborative Tools (Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft Teams) Easy icon Collaboratively annotate slide-based resources presented in live sessions.
H5P Intermediate Icon Hours icon  Interactive tools to analyse and compare resources.  
External Technologies
Padlet   Intermediate Icon  Curate digital information in a variety of formats. Analyse and compare resources collaboratively through grid-like/column layouts, comments and polling (likes, ratings etc.). 
Miro  Intermediate Icon Curate digital information in a variety of formats. Can arrange resources into categories, connect via arrows and provide text-notes. Can copy content and collaboratively annotate texts digitally through highlighting and notes. 
FeedbackFruits Intermediate Icon Hours icon The comprehension and interactive document allow analysis through collaborative annotation on digital resources. Note: This tool is currently being piloted.  For further information contact dsc.lt@rmit.edu.au 

 

Students collaborate with fellow peers in groups, discussing others’ outputs and building joint output. 

Technology  Level   Time  Learn through collaboration… 
RMIT Supported Technologies
Canvas Groups  Easy icon Within groups, students can: 

  • View the groups list and where they are enrolled
  • Join and/or create a student group 
  • Store and share Files 
  • Start a Discussion 
  • Send a message 
  • Create group collaborations
Canvas Peer Annotation Easy icon Hours icon Integrated into Canvas assessments students can annotate peer work providing and receiving constructive feedback. 
Live Collaborative Tools (Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft Teams) Easy icon Synchronous collaboration within scheduled workshop activities, breakout groups, utilising the chat function and overall discussion. 
Microsoft 365   Easy icon Hours icon With MS365 it allows you to create and add collaborators to your projects allowing for simultaneous collaboration. Available with your RMIT credentials. 
Adobe Express Intermediate Icon Hours icon Work with others on the same document by sending them an invite as well as sharing libraries of project documents. Available with your RMIT credentials. 
Adobe Creative Cloud Advanced-icon Days icon
External Technologies
Socials

Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Yammer etc.

Easy icon Utilising social platforms to encourage engagement, collaboration and communication.  Reference Albert Bandura Social Learning Theory (1977)
Padlet Intermediate Icon
Post your ideas and/or resources to a class or team Padlet where likes, ratings, comments can be turned on to encourage collaboration. Can be used for establishing team roles, responsibilities, ideation and tracking for project processes and development. 
Miro Intermediate Icon Planning, brainstorming, designing and creating projects can be achieved by student groups. You can sign up for free to utilise this tool and available templates. 
FeedbackFruits
Intermediate Icon Hours icon Provide peer feedback on a document and/or team member evaluations when working as a group. Note: This tool is currently being piloted.  For further information contact dsc.lt@rmit.edu.au 

 

Students discuss via live sessions, discussion groups, online discussion forums using comments and reactions (likes, ratings, etc.)

Technology Level   Time  Learn through discussion… 
RMIT Supported Technologies
Canvas Discussions  Easy icon Integrated class discussions, allowing both teachers and students to start and contribute to discussion topics.  
Canvas Studio Easy icon Studio’s interface lets students and instructors engage with media content by commenting directly on the audio/video timestamp, generating conversation and gaining feedback through replies. 
Live Collaborative Tools (Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft Teams) Easy icon Synchronous discussion within scheduled workshops. 
Folio by Portfolium  Easy icon Showcase your work and thoughts to your profile, allowing for peer comments and likes under each post.  
Leganto Reading List  Easy icon
Students and teachers can like and comment on resources in the Reading List, bringing a social aspect into this space.
Flip Easy icon A video discussion playform, free as part of Microsoft 365 where students can upload and share videos, build community, and learn together.

Students demonstrate practice of soft skills as well as industry focused techniques, procedures and outcomes (self-paced exercises, industry-based processes and projects, simulations, labs, field trips, face-to-face role-play activities etc.)

Technology  Level   Time  Learn through practice… 
RMIT Supported Technologies
Live Collaborative Tools (Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft Teams) Easy icon Demonstrate soft skills (communication and collaboration etc.) and industry techniques/skills in a live setting. 
H5P  (Branching Scenario) Advanced-icon Days icon Authentic scenarios to inform immediate decisions simulating an industry applied situation and approach.
AR/VR Equipment Advanced-icon Days icon AV Loans have HTC Vive’s and Microsoft Hololens II to develop AR/VR contents.  For further information contact avloans@rmit.edu.au 

 

Students produce and store digital multimedia formats such as documents, design concepts, performances, artefacts, animations, models, resources, slideshows, photos, videos, podcasts, blogs, portfolios etc.

 

Technology  Level   Time  Learn through production… 
RMIT Supported Technologies
Microsoft 365  Easy icon  Hours icon Production in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel to name a few. All tools are collaborative and can be hosted online whilst being accessible with your RMIT credentials. 
Folio by Portfolium  Easy icon A personal profile allowing you to connect with others at RMIT University and other institutions using this platform. Upload achievements, skills and development projects in which you can share, like and comment on with your connections. 
Microsoft Sway Easy icon Interactive reports, presentations, landing pages, newsletters and stories all accessible with your RMIT credentials.  
Canvas Studio Easy icon Hours icon Video and audio-based platform integrated into Canvas for both teacher and student use. Record and share screencasts or yourself, upload from your device and/or YouTube.  
Adobe Portfolio  Intermediate Icon Days icon An online portfolio to organise and share projects (acts like a website). As part of the RMIT licence you can create x5 portfolios (websites) which are transferrable after completed studies. 
Adobe Express  Intermediate Icon Hours icon A variety of different outputs such as flyers, banners, logos, social posts, ads, posters, social graphics etc. There is a range of templates to select from rather than starting from scratch. You can use your RMIT credentials to access.
Adobe Creative Cloud  Advanced-icon Days icon Photos, graphic designs, video and audio, illustrations, UI/UX and social media outputs. This suite is available to use with your RMIT credentials. 
Flip Easy icon Produce short videos to communicate ideas, processes, sharing progress etc.  Likes and comment to get informal feedback.
External Technologies
Padlet Easy icon
A curation of resources (text, imagery, video, animations etc.) with a choice of different interactive formats such as mind maps, social stream, wall, columns, timelines, maps, grids and blank canvas. You can sign-up for free with 5 free Padlets. 
Canva  Easy icon Presentations, flyers, posters, infographics, resumes, newsletters, websites, podcasts etc. You can sign up for free to utilise a range of templates.  
Piktochart  Easy icon Presentations, flyers, posters, infographics, resumes, newsletters, etc. You can sign up for free to utilise a range of templates. 
Genially   Intermediate Icon
Interactive presentations, diagrams, data visualisation, activities, infographics etc. You can sign up for free with access to a variety of templates to use. 
Miro Intermediate Icon
Planning, brainstorming, prototypes, wireframing, collaborative activities in real time etc. You can sign up for free to utilise this tool and available templates. 

Support 

Do you have a question or need support?

If you need support in implementing digital technologie(s) into your L&T practice, please do not hesitate to the team.

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