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How can digital tools help?

In his video, Diana Laurillard provides an overview of ideas for how technology can transform learning presented this week.

The video shows examples of how we can use digital tools to improve the quality and reach of education. They offer ways of making learning more personalised, and more inclusive. We recommend selecting the English subtitles at the bottom of the screen, as the video contains both English and Arabic.

We also see ways of making it more flexible, which makes it easier for some people to access education. And if we use digital platforms to share professional practice and co-produce educational resources then as professionals we become more productive.

We’ve seen several examples over the last 3 weeks of teachers using digital tools to help learners in different ways. This week we bring that together to consider how to make digital methods work effectively.


How do you feel when you think about digital tools in teaching and learning? Enter 3 words to describe your feelings about using digital methods in the word cloud. You will need to click the back button twice to get back to this page.

View the results

To improve accessibility the results as of Saturday 14th March 2020 are available here as a Google Sheet

If you prefer, you can look at the words others have entered first and use any of those you agree with instead of using new ones with similar meaning. That way we produce a more visible word cloud. It will update as participants add further words.

Are words in the Word Cloud similar to your feelings about using digital methods? Do you feel differently? Come here from time to time to check. Word Clouds can change a lot as more people contribute.

Over to you

In this step, 3 digital methods are already used – the FutureLearn course to participate, the Mentimeter Word Cloud to propose and share ideas, and discussion to discuss them. How do you feel about this and your other experiences of learning using digital methods?

Make your comments by responding to at least 2 other comments, as well as creating your own.

You can see the learning design of Week 4 here, and find out more in the downloads section below.

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