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Accessibility in the Online Classroom

Overview You can read about The University of Florida’s commitment to provide accessible content to people with disabilities on the UF Accessibility page. If you need to make existing material accessible in o...

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Adobe Spark

Overview Adobe Spark is a free creative app that can be used to create dynamic materials to tell a story through the use of impactful social graphics (Spark Posts), web stories (Spark Pages) and animated videos...

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Animation

Overview Animation within a presentation can be a powerful way to communicate ideas and underscore important concepts within a variety of tools and software. Animation is simply the use of a series of images or...

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Big Blue Button

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for on-line learning. BigBlueButton enables you to share documents (PDF and any office document), webcams, chat, audio and your desktop. It can also recor...

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Blended Learning and the Flipped Classroom

In their Blended Learning infographic, Knewton defines blended learning as any situation in which “…a student learns, at least in part, at a brick-and-mortar facility and through online delivery with studen...

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Blogs

A blog, derived from the term "Web log", is a website where content is written in a journal entry style. Many blogs function as online personal diaries and typically provide commentary on topics ranging from po...

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Bloom’s Taxonomy

Overview The original Taxonomy of Educational Objectives is commonly referred to as Bloom’s Taxonomy, named after Benjamin Bloom who devised a system of categorizing and classifying student learning objective...

Camtasia Relay

Camtasia Studio

Camtasia Studio is a computer screen and audio recording application. Camtasia Studio allows you to record, edit, process, and upload your on-screen activity and audio to a streaming media server so that your r...

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Canvas

Canvas is an open source Learning Management System that is currently supported and sponsored by the University of Florida for online and distance learning....

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Case Studies

Case studies are collections of detailed information about a particular person or group. Case studies generally include descriptive research, exploration of a situation, and draw conclusions in context of the s...

Chickering and Gamson

Chickering and Gamson 7 Rules for Undergraduate Education

7 principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education By Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson. “The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” was published in 1987 by Arthur W....

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Clickers/Classroom Response Systems

A Classroom Response System, commonly called "Clickers" at the University of Florida, refers to an audience response system that allows instructors in a face-to-face classroom to collect real-time data such as ...

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Collaborative/Peer Editing

Collaborative/Peer editing refers to a group of students who edit a document together. This can be done simultaneously in a face to face environment or in a distance education environment by using collaborative...

Creative Commons

Creative Commons

The creative commons is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an alternative to a traditional copyright. The creative commons license allows owners to release some copyright rights while retaining oth...

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Digital Humanities

Overview Digital Humanities is the intersection of computing with social, scientific and humanities studies that enables scholars, technical experts and students to expand traditional disciplines like history, ...

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Discussion Boards

A discussion board is a virtual forum for holding discussions and posting content. Most discussion boards are asynchronous forums that resemble bulletin boards and blogs. Instructors and/or students can create ...

Portfolios

ePortfolios

In education, a portfolio refers to a collection of information or prior work that documents learning, growth, and achievement....

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Exams/Quizzes

An exam or quiz is a form of student assessment that measures knowledge, skills, and abilities. Generally, an exam is a culminating assessment that assesses a student over a large period of time and over a rang...

Gagne

Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction

Gagne's book, The Conditions of Learning, first published in 1965, identified the mental conditions for learning. These were based on the information processing model of the mental events that occur when adults...

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Gamification

Overview Gamification is an approach to motivating students by incorporating game elements into the learning environment. These game mechanics can be used as motivational tools to encourage student engagement a...

Google Earth

Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program that maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information syst...

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Group Critiques

Group critique refers to a method of analysis in which a group of people critique a work, project, or assignment and gives feedback to the creator....

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed by Howard Gardner in response to a growing trend in schools of focusing on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences. Gardner identified nine intellige...

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IM and Chat

Instant messaging (IM) is a form of text-based real-time communication between two or more people over a network. IMs boost communications due to the real-time nature and can be less intrusive than phone commun...

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Interactive Tutorials

An interactive tutorial refers to tutorials with multiple media that allows the student to interact with the content that they are learning. Interactive tutorial components can include activities such as

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Kolb’s Four Stages of Learning

Overview In Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development (1984), Kolb defined learning as “the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience” (...

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Learning Management Systems

A Learning Management System (LMS) enables the management of learning materials, assessments, grades and activities on the part of the instructor; and provides a learning environment and content delivery system...

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Lynda.com

Overview UFIT provides free, 24/7 access to Lynda.com for all students, faculty, and staff. Lynda.com is an excellent online training resource with over 2,900 courses on a variety of software applications and t...

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Mapping Mashups

A mashup refers to a website or application that combines information from multiple sources into a single cohesive use. Mapping mashups refer to the use of mapping tools such as Yahoo maps, or Google maps, or <...

Mediasite

Mediasite

Mediasite is a presentation tool that allows instructors to make live digital recordings of lectures or presentations. Students can view the presentation over the internet in real-time and/or can access the pre...

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Mind Maps

Overview Mind maps are visual representations of a central topic and its relationship(s) to other themes and concepts. Mind maps blend creativity and logic and can be a helpful learning tool for many different ...

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Office Mix

Overview Office Mix is a free add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, which you can use to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons that you can share with anyone. Mix allows you to make slid...

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OneDrive

Microsoft OneDrive is a web-based file hosting service that utilizes cloud storage to allow users to store, edit and share files with other users via the Internet. UF now offers OneDrive storage to current UF s...

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Online Journaling

Online journaling refers to the use of an online application that lets users publish academic journals and other scholarly works more easily than with traditional methods. This is done by allowing authors to us...

Flickr

Photo Sharing Websites

Photo Sharing Websites allow a user to upload and digital photos to a website so that they can be clasified and shared with others either privately or publicly. In addition to uploading images many Photo Sharin...

Podcasts

Podcasts/Videocasts

A podcast is a multimedia file distributed by either paid or unpaid subscription over the Internet. Similar to the radio, "podcast" is the name for the method of broadcast, which is also termed "podcasting". Al...

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ProctorU

ProctorU is a live online proctoring service for students taking exams online. Proctors use a three-step process to replicate the face-to-face proctoring experience over the internet. Through this process, p...

Surveys

Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a robust, sophisticated service for creating and delivering web-based surveys. With over 100 question types available and the ability to create interactive questions and engage survey-takers with r...

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QuickTime Pro

Overview Disclaimer: As of April 2016 Apple does not support QuickTime on Windows. We do not recommend using QuickTime on Windows due to resulting security issues.   QuickTime is a well-known media player ...

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Quizlet

Overview Quizlet is a free online study tool that students may use to choose from a variety of interactive study activities including flashcards, matching activities, and other learning games. Students can crea...

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Role Model Interviews

Role model interviews generally refers to a conversation between two people in which one person acts as an interviewer to ask a set of questions, and the other person answers the question as an expert. Role mod...

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Role Play

In role playing activities participants act as various characters or roles. Role playing activities encourage students to "put themselves in another's shoes" in order to act out a fictional scenario. ...

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Rubrics

A rubric is a system of grading that consists of a criteria chart outlining exactly what is to be evaluated in a piece of work. ...

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Self-Evaluation

Self-evaluation refers to reviewing one's own performance critically. Self-evaluations can be done individually or in the context of a larger review....

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Simulations

Educational simulations imitate a real scenario, process, activity, or state of affairs. Participation in a simulation requires the student to perform specific tasks that emulate real life situations or scenari...

Skype

Skype

Skype is a free, downloadable software package that uses the internet to provide a real-time interactive environment designed for use in distance communication. Skype allows users to make telephone calls over t...

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Social Bookmarking

Social bookmarking refers to storing, sorting, classifying, sharing and searching through a collection of bookmarked links of web pages, images, videos, and audio files that are stored on the Internet. Most ...

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Social Citations

Social citations refers to storing, sorting, classifying, sharing and searching through a collection of internet based bookmarked links of citable sources such as e-journals, news articles, academic studies and...

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Social Libraries

A Social library is a website that allows users to keep track of and catalog media collections ranging from books to CD's and DVDs. Users can share their collections, keep lists and wish lists, and network with...

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Storyline

Overview Using Storyline, instructors can build interactive content for online delivery, potentially increasing the range and styles of active learning. Interactive content options include screencasts, simulati...

Turnitin

Turnitin

Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service used by students and faculty. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people’s written material. The service offers ...

Twitter

Twitter

Twitter is a free social software and microblogging service that allows users to post, or "tweet," 140 characters of text in the style of a blog orRSS feed. Posts can be made directly through the website or thr...

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UFApps

Overview UFApps is a full production service provided by UFIT and provides UF students affordable access to Microsoft Windows based desktop tools, UF services, and select software applications through the cloud...

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Virtual Field Trips

Overview Virtual field trips present a variety of content for student learning in online environments. Virtual field trips tend to be highly visual, and offer varying levels of interactivity. Many resources for...

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Virtual Laboratories

A virtual laboratory is an interactive environment for creating and conducting simulated experiments....

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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is a technology that allows users to interact in a computer-simulated environment. Although there are many different types of VR, there are three types that are particularly useful for educ...

VoiceThread

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a cloud based web application that allows users to post media such as a document, slide show, video, or photo collection that can be commented on by a community and then converted into a flash-ba...

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Web Conferencing

A web conference, also known as a webinar, refers to meetings or live presentations over the Internet. In a web conference each participant is connected to the other participants in real-time via the Internet. ...

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Whiteboards

The term "whiteboard" is used to describe computer software applications that function like dry-erase boards. Virtual whiteboards allow one or more people to write or draw on the whiteboard simultaneously. Whit...

Wikis

Wikis

A wiki is a type of website that permits users to edit available content. Wikis are designed with the philosophy of making it easy to correct mistakes and through collaboration, difficult to make mistakes. The ...

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Writing Learning Objectives

When designing a course it is important to know what you want students to achieve during the semester. Ideally, students who receive a passing grade should master a set of skills they can take with them and app...

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Yammer

Overview Yammer is a social networking service, used for private communication within organizations. Only individuals with an approved email address may join a Yammer network. Students, faculty, and staff at UF...

YouTube

YouTube

YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video content such as videoblogs, home videos, original videos, TV clips, music videos, and move clips. Unregistered YouTube users can w...