There are a variety of tools to facilitate conversation and collaboration between you and your students and among students, both inside and outside the classroom. These tools allow you and your students to communicate from a distance and provide a more comfortable method of communication for some shy students.
Badgr is a free and open source platform for issuing, managing, and tracking user achievements in the form of digital badges. Every Badgr user may use the service to collect the badges they've earned as well as design and issue badges that others can earn. Badgr has a built-in integration with Canvas courses at UT-Austin. Download our 1-page resource for Digital Badging. [Free]
Classroom Response Systems
iClicker is a hand-held student remote and is currently supported by UT-Austin. [Students purchase at UT CO-OP]
UT Classroom Database - In order to find a classroom that is properly outfitted and configured to support the technologies you decide to use, please consult our QuickFICs page and find out how to search the UT classroom database.
Discussion Forums, Wikis and Blogs
Discussion Boards in Canvas can be synchronous or asynchronous, meaning individuals may communicate at different times. The instructor typically poses a thread on a discussion board, or a question to the class. Students can then respond to the instructor's thread and to one another’s comments.
There are a variety of tools to facilitate conversation and collaboration between instructor and student and among students.
The Teaching Engagement Program at the University of Oregon has created a handout outlining various approaches to designing online discussions.
Offers an online tool that allows students to ask questions within a thread that supports anonymous posts. It is especially useful for STEM discipline problem-solving and has built-in Canvas integration. [Free]
A popular blogging platform that allows you to post and share information with your class. Students who create accounts in WordPress can be given access to your blog site to upload their own posts. [Free and Paid Versions]
Video Tools (Conferencing, Discussion and Annotation)
Video conferences in Canvas can be accomplished through Big Blue Button. Check out our QuickFIC tutorial for using Big Blue Button in Canvas.
A widely used video conferencing tool that provides integration with Canvas, has high quality video and full-featured apps for mobile devices. [Free]
Developed by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, VideoAnt is an online video annotation tool for mobile and desktop devices. Use VideoAnt to add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos.
Students can collaborate with other content creators, commenting and sharing. VoiceThread provides analytics on user use. Check out the following eBook, How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread by Michelle Pancasky-Brock (CSU-Channel Islands). [Free and Paid Versions]