Digital Tools For Your Student Career

digital toolsThe University of Portsmouth provides a number of digital tools to help support your learning. The main one you will come across is Moodle – a platform that your lecturer can use to post lecture notes, set online quizzes and assignments, link to external resources, and so on. The University also provides you with access to the Google suite of apps for education, which enable you to create, collaborate and share information.

You probably already use a variety of online services in your personal and social life. Some of these services – if used appropriately – may also play a role in your studies.

By combining University-supported tools with the apps and services you use in your personal life you can develop a Personal Learning Environment (PLE). A PLE, which you can access on a mobile device or a desktop, helps you better manage your own learning. A PLE can be rudimentary or highly sophisticated – it doesn’t matter, as long as it helps you learn in the way that suits you.

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A Personal Learning Environment consists of a set of services and apps that help you manage your learning. Very few people need frequent access to the full range of apps that could comprise a PLE; it’s much better to focus on the apps that add most value to your learning and help with your study.

Look at the following activity and think about which apps you prefer to use for each of the situations listed. Click the pink plus signs to find out about a variety of suggested apps for each situation. Are there any apps that you don’t use that you might consider adding to your PLE?

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Our advice for creating your PLE

The University provides a ready-made framework for creating a PLE: Moodle and Google should form the basis for your personal learning environment. Ensure that you know how to use these tools for maximum benefit. Then consider the tasks you are required to do as a student – make notes, share information, collaborate on projects – and think about the tools that might best support you perform those tasks. Remember that your PLE should be flexible: the components can change as you progress through your studies.

Resources

  • AppShelf – A website developed by the University, highlighting useful apps that help support learning: http://appshelf.port.ac.uk/
  • Top 100 tools for learning – There are many tools out there that can help support your learning. Visit this website to discover a wealth of digital tools that might help you in your studies: http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/