Alphabetical List of Tools

Choose educational tools that you and your students are familiar with. Supported tools come with the benefit of security and privacy assessments and support from University groups. 

Detailed documentation and instructions for using LEARN are available in the Learn Help website. You can request a LEARN shell for your course via the LEARN course request tool.

Tools in LEARN (Centrally Supported)

Tool and brief description of typical use How to use it in your teaching? Self-Help Resources For technical support, send request to:
Announcements - Communicate updates, changes and new information to all students listed in Classlist in LEARN quickly and effectively. Announcements appear on the course homepage. Text, audio, video and links are all possible. Communicating with students

Sharing course  materials

Chat - Chat is a real-time, text-based collaboration tool. General (public and visible to all students) or Personal Chats (only visible to invited students) can be created. Communicating with students Chat
Content - Create text-based content, link to external resources, organize and upload media content to your LEARN site using Content. Creating content

Sharing course  materials

Discussions - Set up discussions to allow students to post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with their peers on assignments and homework. Communicating with students

Sharing course materials 

Assessing student work 

Student to student collaboration
Dropbox - Use for the submission, review and evaluation of student work. Can be linked with Rubric tool for ease and consistency of grading. Assessing student work Dropbox
Email - Email one, multiple students or the entire Classlist. After the initial email has been sent, all subsequent correspondence takes place through your email client of choice. Communicating with students Email
Gradebook - A configurable tool that can be linked to Dropbox, Quizzes and Discussions, allowing students to view their progress throughout the term. Assessing student work Gradebook
Groups - Groups enable students within your class to work in teams. Each group can have its own discussion forum(s) and topics as well as dropbox folders for work submission. Members of groups can be graded as a team or individually. Student to student collaboration Groups
Quizzes - create and manage online quizzes with various question types including multiple choice, multiple select, written response and fill in the blank. Assessing student work Quizzes
Rubrics - use to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. Rubrics can be used with Discussions, Dropboxes, long answer questions in Quizzes, and Gradebooks. Assessing student work Rubrics
Surveys - Create surveys to solicit feedback from students. A multitude of question types are possible including Likert question types. Communicating with students Surveys
Video Assignments (Bongo) Question & Answer: Present students with question prompts and give them a set amount of time to respond.

Interactive video: Provide students with a video and ask them to respond to related prompts at certain points within the video.

Individual project: Students record or upload a video of themselves presenting on a topic or demonstrating a specific skill.

Group project: students collaborate  to complete a group activity. The end product is often presented as one cohesive group presentation.

Assessing student work

Student to student collaboration

Video Assignments (Bongo)
Video Notes - Record video with a webcam and embed in assignment feedback, discussions, etc. File upload size limit 1GB. Recording duration limit 30 minutes.) Communicating with students

Assessing student work

Help docs coming
Virtual Classrooms (Bongo) - Create a virtual meeting space to engage with one student or up to 150 students with live video. Record for later viewing on demand. Creating content

Sharing course materials

Student to student collaboration

Virtual Classrooms (Bongo)

Other Centrally Supported Tools

Tool and brief description of typical use How to use it in your teaching? Self-Help Resources For technical support, send request to:
Akindi - a web-based assessment system that automates the creation and grading of multiple-choice exams. Grade exams using any sheet of paper and any scanner. Assessing student work Akindi

Akindi Training 

For integration with LEARN:

For all other support, contact IST help desk 

Crowdmark - An online, collaborative marking system offering a paperless way to distribute, collect, grade and return feedback.

Exams and other assessments can be written either digitally and uploaded, or on paper and scanned or photographed and then uploaded.

Can be used where handwritten work is important: for example, when students need to give full written answers or solutions, draw graphs or other figures. 

Assessing student work Crowdmark

Möbius - an online authoring and delivery environment specifically designed for STEM. It includes a rich suite of tools and features for designing and developing digital assets for students or peers, and a delivery environment that enables and promotes deep and active learning for users through the combination of instructional material with hands-on activities.

Mobius also allows the creation of algorithmically-designed free response and adaptive questions (quizzes) that can be used in conjunction with learning materials for self-assessment or can be delivered as part of formal assessments. Grades recorded in Mobius can be automatically transferred to your LMS.

Communicating with students Mobius   Möbius Help
PebblePad - supports students as they plan and prepare for learning, record and reflect on curricular and co-curricular learning experiences, and curate and showcase evidence of this learning for different audiences.

Instructors can use PebblePad to create and share a one-page template or multi-page workbook with embedded content (including multimedia), prompts, and questions to scaffold student learning.

Students can use PebblePad to create eportfolios, blogs, collections of their work, and more. 

ATLAS, the assessment space in PebblePad, facilitates formative and summative assessment through self and peer review, qualitative feedback statements, rubrics, feedback templates, and grades. PebblePad also allows assessors to provide feedback on student work. 

Assessing student work

Student to student collaboration

PowerPoint with Narration - Create a PowerPoint presentation, or take an existing one, and record yourself as you talk about each slide. Creating content Narrated PowerPoint
Qualtrics - be used to create questionnaires or surveys. It has a vast library of question types and response options, incorporates skip patterns and other types of logic, and can  generate reports to summarize data collected. Communicating with students Qualtrics  Visit Qualtrics support centre
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WebEx - Create a virtual meeting space with up to 1000 students to share your video, audio, live presentation, and collaboration tools. Recordings can be made of sessions to review later.    Communicating with students

Creating content

Student to student collaboration

Zoom - provides videotelephony and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social interactions. Zoom offers two types of virtual room services: meetings and webinars.

Communicating with students

Student to student collaboration

Zoom  Contact the IST Service Desk online or 519-888-4567 ext. 44357.

Other Tools in Use, Not Centrally Supported

Tool and brief description of typical use How to use it in your teaching? Self-Help Documentation
Peer Evaluation, Assessment and Review (PEAR) is an online platform developed at the University of Guelph for the peer review of student work that follows a multi-stage assignment submission and review process. Individual or group assignments are possible.  The tool also allows peer assessment of group member performance.

Limited licenses available.

Student Collaboration PEAR Support:
Student support
Perusall - A social annotation tool where students read assigned readings (or textbook) in groups and collectively make comments and ask questions. AI grading is available to score quality of responses. Dashboard allows instructors to see confusion reports, student activity etc.   Sharing course  materials

Assessing student work

Student to student collaboration

Perusall Not centrally supported
Piazza - Q&A platform in wiki-style format, to collaborate in a single space. Students can post questions and collaboratively edit responses. Instructors can answer questions and/or endorse student answers. Anonymous posting encourages every student to participate. For STEM, a LaTeX editor, highlighted syntax and code blocking. Detailed statistics track engagement.   Communicating with students

Student to student collaboration

Piazza Centrally funded Apr. 2021 – Apr. 2022