Selecting technologies

Learning outcomes x technology tools matrix


Table 1: Sample Learning Outcomes, Rationales, and Activities


The following table provides examples of learning outcomes, the kinds of learning activities that promote those outcomes, and how the activities could be supported by learning technologies.

Desired Learning Outcomes (What?)
Rationale (Why?)
Relevant Activities (How?)
Potential Uses of Technology
  • Information literacy
  • Global practice
  • Digital literacy
  • Ethical practice
  • Preparation for success
  • Exposure to, awareness of , contribute to external
    • activity
    • conversations
    • resources
    • techniques and approaches
  • Appropriate referencing
  • Appropriately equip the 21st Century graduate
  • Managing information load
  • Multi-dimensional evaluation
  • Sharing and reviewing online resources
  • Connecting with outside experts/communities
  • Check for plagiarism
  • Media making/mashups
  • Digital storytelling
  • Copyright/Creative Commons discussions
  • Activities relevant and authentic to discipline
  • Embedded activities for generic attributes
  • Contextual prompts to evaluate sources
  • Social bookmarking
  • RSS feeds/aggregators
  • Blogs
  • Turnitin
  • SafeAssign
  • Slideshare
  • Media (YouTube or podcast)
  • Library
  • Self-directed learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Engaged learning
  • Co-learning
  • Quality learning environment & experience
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Feedback on the course
  • Reflection on learning
  • Global practice
  • Consistency of experience (equity)
  • Problem/case-based learning
  • Flexible access to material
  • Project planning and management
  • Student self-tests
  • Teacher (& technology) as facilitator of learning
  • Choice of modes and activities
  • Access to technology (eg mobile devices)
  • Agreed code of conduct
  • Wiki
  • BB groups
  • Quiz/survey/Respondus
  • Lectopia (Recorded lectures)
  • Media (YouTube or podcast)
  • Choice of (ability to explore) media
  • Online resources
  • Mobile learning (iPhone)
  • Library
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Feedback on performance
  • Collaborative writing
  • Group negotiation and planning
  • Assessment of team work
  • Review (eg groupwork)
  • Publishing
  • Reflection
  • Wiki
  • Blogs
  • Discussion forum
  • Peer review (BB)
  • Working in teams
  • Collaborative practice
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Multiple perspectives
  • (for teacher) management of group work
  • Digital literacy
  • Inclusivity (eg NESB)
  • Collaborative writing
  • Group negotiation and planning
  • Project planning and management
  • Problem/case-based learning
  • Assessing team contribution
  • Media based projects
  • Variety of communication styles supported
  • Wiki
  • Blogs
  • BB groups
  • Peer review (BB)
  • Media (YouTube or podcast)
  • RSS
  • Moderated discussion
  • Critical reviewing
  • Critical thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Feedback
  • Practice of
    • Critical reviewing
    • Critical thinking
  • Reflecting
  • Debating
  • Reviewing
  • Social knowledge building
  • Review/commentary of online material
  • Give & receive feedback
  • Blogs
  • Discussion forum
  • Wimba
  • Seesmic
  • Voicethread
  • Media (YouTube or podcast)
  • RSS
  • Peer review
  • Synthesis of learning
  • Apply learning (at high-level)
  • Able to solve new problems
  • Application of knowledge in integrated way
  • Experience 'authentic' practice
  • Integrative (could be group) project
  • Problem/case-based learning activities
  • Authentic voice via video/audio
  • Simulations eg virtual experiments
  • Animations
  • Group tools
  • Written communication
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Contribute to external
    • activity
    • conversations
    • resources
  • Appropriate referencing
  • Reflecting
  • Debating
  • Reviewing
  • Publishing
  • Check for plagiarism
  • Blogs
  • Discussion forum
  • Slideshare
  • Twitter/ Yammer
  • RSS
  • Oral communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Language proficiency

  • Sharing audio/video material
  • Presenting
  • Digital storytelling
  • Audio/video discussion and feedback
  • Wimba
  • Seesmic
  • Voicethread
  • Adobe Connect (Web conference)
  • Media (YouTube or podcast)
  • Slideshare
  • Podcasting


Table 2: Tools related to activities > contribution to learning outcomes


The following table provides examples of the tools you may be interested in using and looks at the types of activities and learning outcomes that are likely to be relevant.

Potential Uses of Technology
Relevant Activities (How?)
Rationale (Why?)
Desired Learning Outcomes (What?)
  • Social bookmarking
  • RSS feeds/aggregators
  • Sharing and reviewing online resources
  • Connecting with outside experts/communities
  • Exposure to and awareness of external
  • activity
  • conversations
  • resources
  • Information literacy
  • Global practice
  • Wiki
  • Collaborative writing
  • Group negotiation and planning
  • Project planning and management
  • Synthesis of knowledge
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Working in teams
  • Self-directed learning
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • Blogs
  • Reflecting
  • Debating
  • Reviewing (eg groupwork)
  • Publishing
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Feedback on performance
  • Contribute to external
  • activity
  • conversations
  • resources
  • Information literacy
  • Global practice
  • Working in teams
  • Written communication skills
  • Critical reviewing
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • Discussion forum
  • Reflecting
  • Debating
  • Reviewing
  • Social knowledge building
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Multiple perspectives
  • Feedback
  • Written communication skills
  • Critical reviewing
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • BB groups
  • Problem/case-based learning
  • Negotiate understanding
  • Multiple perspectives
  • (for teacher) management of group work
  • Working in teams
  • Self-directed learning
  • Peer review (BB)
  • Assessing team contribution
  • Feedback on performance
  • (for teacher) management of group work
  • Working in teams
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • Quiz/survey
  • Respondus
  • Testing understanding (self-tests)
  • Diagnostic tests (eg testing prior knowledge)
  • Topic-focused testing
  • Feedback on the course
  • Formative assessment (feedback)
  • Summative assessment
  • Course evaluation
  • Self-directed learning
  • Reflective practice
  • Turnitin
  • SafeAssign
  • Checking for plagiarism
  • Appropriate referencing
  • Information literacy
  • Academic writing
  • Wimba
  • Seesmic
  • Voicethread
  • Audio discussion and feedback
  • Video discussion
  • Review/commentary of online material
  • Alternative to f2f or text
  • Oral language skills
  • Oral communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Critical reviewing
  • Adobe Connect (Web conference)
  • Working in a group
  • Connecting different locations
  • Archive conversations
  • Flexible access to activities
  • Presentation skills
  • Oral communication

Can be original work or sourced material.
  • Sharing video material
  • Presenting
  • Digital storytelling
  • Discussion trigger
  • Reflective tool
  • Archiving class activities
  • Digital literacy when part of student work
  • Alternative to f2f or text
  • Accommodates alternative learning styles (visual)
  • View material (locations, experiences etc) not
    other wise available
  • Multimodal/flexible access to resources
  • Revision for NESB or students
    unable to attend class
  • Presentation skills
  • Oral communication
  • Digital literacy
  • Enhance student experience
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  • Presenting core concepts concisely
  • Simulations of processes, hypothetical
    problems or cause and effect
  • Illustrates complex concepts
  • Alternative to f2f or text
  • Accommodates alternative learning styles (visual)
  • Aids knowledge retention
  • Supports learning by experimentation
  • Improve learning outcomes
  • Enhance student experience
  • Lectopia
  • Flexible access to material
  • Revision for NESB or students
    unable to attend class
  • Self-directed learning