As you navigate this online space, it is important to be aware of the software that can be used to support collaboration in your teaching and learning. In this resource we will share some of the software that you have access to through University–wide licence so you can integrate it into your teaching practice.
What is Padlet?
Padlet is an interactive board for sharing different types of multimedia resources such as images, video, audio, and text. By allowing students to share, view, discuss, and reflect on visual artifacts, it enables collaboration and conversation between students, and with teachers. To get your license follow the Padlet SSO Instructions.
Why use Padlet in your teaching?
Padlet can facilitate a sense of ‘connection’ for students by enabling them to post onto a ‘virtual wall’ to collaborate with their peers seamlessly. It can sometimes be challenging to collaborate on visual artifacts, especially online, but Padlet provides a simple, intuitive and accessible way to do this. You may have accessed the free version, however now we have a University license so you can join existing teaching teams who are using Padlet in their teaching and learning.
Teachers and learners can provide feedback on individual posts, enabling peer review of their visual artifacts and reflections. This peer review process benefits both the reviewee (through feedback on their work) and the reviewer (through exposure to the work of their peers and the requirement to critically engage with that work). In Padlet, this peer review and feedback can be facilitated in a synchronous or asynchronous manner.
Seminar pre-work and feedback on student progress
Embed a Padlet wall with discussion questions or prompts into CloudDeakin for students to post their ideas, reflections or questions before a seminar. You can then use the information gathered on Padlet to teach to in the synchronous sessions.
Real-time collaboration in synchronous sessions
Alternatively, you may design it so students can collaborate in ‘breakout rooms’ and post their ideas using Padlet. They can actively engage in different activities by having access to Padlet and posting their ideas and coming back to group with the wall they have created.
How can you use Padlet in your teaching?
What other tools can I use for collaborative learning?
This digital polling software enables you to interact with learners synchronously and asynchronously. If you haven’t already accessed your licence, sign up by following these Mentimeter SSO instructions.
For more on how you can use Mentimeter in your online teaching practice, including how to design activities to create a constructive dialogue between you and your learners, vsit Mentimeter for Teaching and Learning.
Microsoft Teams is an industry-based software that facilitates collaboration between teachers, students, and industry partners through synchronous and asynchronous activities. It brings everything together in one place so eliminates the need for multiple software from a teaching and learning perspective.
If you are using Microsoft Teams in your unit, add the Microsoft Teams student support resource to your general channel or create your own. Be sure to explain, why you are using Microsoft Teams and where students will find the relevant information.
To find out more about how you could use Microsoft Teams to facilitate collaboration in your unit, visit the following:
- Listen to A/Prof Bardo Fraunholz as he explores his Teaching with Microsoft Teams
- A Student’s Perspective of Microsoft Teams
- Meet the People Teaching with Microsoft Teams
- Microsoft Teams Resources