Choosing the right tool
All the tools outlined on this page provide opportunities for feedback, usually in the form of comments on student contributions. These tools are primarily text-based, for asynchronous communication, however there are other opportunities for synchronous collaboration, informal and formal assessment using other tools available. See 4.5 Tools for learning activities for a complete list.
Three groups of text-based tools
Types of activity: logging activities, ongoing projects, individual reflection, reporting, single topic discussions.
Types of activity: published output, collectively owned, resource sharing, structured templates.
Types of activity: discussions on many topics, structured discussions, active question and answer.
Three overarching purposes
- Simple group collaboration: use blogs or wikis.
- Creation of a revision resource: use wikis or discussion boards.
- Sequential development of ideas: use discussion boards or blogs.