If you are looking for ideas on how and where to host your content you will find them here, from virtual learning environments (VLEs) to broadcasting sites. VLEs have the following set of elements in common, but they can also be gained from a combination of applications (McPherson & Nunes, 2004):
On this page: LMS, CMS, hypermedia, wikis, blogs, hosts, social media, web conferencing, virtual worlds.
If you are in an institution with a learning management system (LMS), you can take advantage of all of the features. They are often used to simply load lecture materials into a file folder structure but with much imagination, and a strong grasp of the LMS options, they can be used to support active learning (Littlejohn, 2006). Visit the EduTech Wiki LMS page or Wikipedia for a comprehensive list.
Wikis are a great way to collaboratively create content with a group. Of course, you have to be willing to give up some control.
A Facebook group can be used as an LMS, posting announcements and resources and having discussions, but it requires additional applications to share files in different formats, such as Google Docs, and perhaps a survey tool (Wang et al., 2012). Manca and Ranieri also wrote a literature review on the use of Facebook as a learning environment (2013).
Three-dimensional worlds offer an immersive learning experience but require some dedication and lots of imagination.
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See the full bibliography for works consulted.
Germek, G. (2012). Empowered library eLearning: Capturing assessment and reporting with ease, efficiency, and effectiveness. Reference Services Review, 40(1), 90-102.
Littlejohn, A., Cook, J., Campbell, L., Sclater, N., Currier, S., & Davis, H. "Managing educational resources" In Conole, G., & Oliver, M. (2006). Contemporary perspectives in e-learning research: Themes, methods and impact on practice. Hoboken: T&F.
Manca, S., & Ranieri, M. (2013). Is it a tool suitable for learning? A critical review of the literature on Facebook as a technology‐enhanced learning environment. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29(6), 487-504.
McPherson, M., & Nunes, M. B. (2004). Developing innovation in online learning: An action research framework. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
Wang, Q., Woo, H. L., Quek, C. L., Yang, Y., & Liu, M. (2012). Using the Facebook group as a learning management system: An exploratory study. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(3), 428-438.
Webb, K. K., & Hoover, J. (2015). Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the academic library: A methodology for mapping multiple means of representation in library tutorials. College & Research Libraries, 76(4), 537-553.
Yelinek, K., Neyer, L., Bressler, D., Coffta, M., & Magolis, D. (2010). Using LibGuides for an information literacy tutorial: Tutorial 2.0. College & Research Libraries News, 71(7), 352-355.
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