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Using Digital Tools to Support Student Engagement, Collaboration, and Well-being

This resource offers ideas on digital tools and strategies that instructors and students can use to increase student engagement and facilitate collaboration.

Benefits

These activities support a variety of conditions for well-being. 

  • Using a variety of digital tools support student flexibility in learning. 
  • Offering different ways for students to collaborate builds social connection. 
  • Adopting a culture of support and challenge contributes to creating a positive classroom culture. 

Context

These tools and strategies were embedded in a synchronous Pre-Master of Digital Media program on Zoom. Learn more here.

 

These can be adapted to other teaching platforms. 

Overview

Digital tools for delivering pitches and presentations:

  • Zoom
  • Miro
  • Canva
  • Movavi
  • Venngage
  • Explain Everything interactive whiteboard

 

Digital tools for free style daily journaling and technical writing:

  • Evernote
  • Google docs

 

Strategies for facilitating brainstorming

  • Online collaborative tools
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Flashcard generators    

 

Strategies for creating a learning environment with well-being in mind:

  • Embedding breaks in between sessions
  • Adopting a culture of “support and challenge”