A few selected IT tools for creating student engagement


ILOS video

(ITU login required)
What
Service for producing, uploading and sharing videos for teaching.

Why
Producing content or course communicating videos provides students with the opportunity to learn at their own pase, boosting retention rates. Shorter videos might also serve as modular input for multiple courses with overlapping focus, in turn saving time. ILOS has one-click record and publish clients and apps and allows for the teacher to outsource video production to TAs, even to students (as assignments).

Concerns
Producing learning objects as video requires initial planning, though ILOS has a low entry barrier.

Support
Learning Support, 2E, learning@itu.dk

Peergrade

(Free for teachers)
What
Peergrade is a service that lets you set up student-to-student assessment.

Why
Peer assessment is a way of ensuring that feedback can be carried out throughout the learning process (formative assessment). The benefits are that students get to perspectivate their own work by seeing others' and at the same time internalize the course/assignment assessment criteria. This enables reflection on own learning.

Concerns
Most suitable for larger classes. Takes some time to setup a good assessment instruction.

Support
Learning Support, 2E, learning@itu.dk

Mentimeter

(Free version)
What
Mentimeter is a service for creating polls and quizzes.

Why
Asking questions in lectures or exercises is obivously a central mean of facilitating student engagement. Mentimeter allows different types of questions and for summeries of answers given. It's an effective way of engaging all students at the same time, and not just the ones most eager to answer verbally. Quizzed and polls can also be used as evaluations and as initiators of discussions/group work.

Concerns
The free version is limited to 2 questions per poll (then you have to create a new poll). Talk to us in Learning Support if you would like the full version.

Support
Learning Support, 2E, learning@itu.dk

Ublend

(Free for teachers)
What
Ublend is a conversational classroom interface focused on course communication.

Why
Ublend is an alternative platform to manage the day-to.day course discussions and file distribution. Much like the oldschool IRC clients, making Ublend an education-focused chat service. A conversational interface like Ublend is supportive of an ongoing dialogue inside and outside the class. Ublend supports formatting of lots of coding languages.

Concerns
Ublend is mainly focused on dialogue and file sharing. Is very simple, thus have few advanced features.

Support
Learning Support, 2E, learning@itu.dk

Talk

(Free at ITU)
What
Talk is a chat platform powered by rocket.chat and hosted locally at ITU.

Why
Talk can serve as platform for ongoing project communication for students or a flexible addition to learnIT. Talk can also act as back channel to a lecture or as support forum managed by TAs in between classes. As a course communication tool, Talk provides a place to sustain and bridge the conversation from lectures as well as supporting peer learning and formation of study communities.

Concerns
Talk is mainly focused on creating dialogue and flexible commnication.

Support
Learning Support, 2E, learning@itu.dk