Embed with ease

Virtual learning environments (VLE) such as Moodle, Canvas and Blackboard offer a whole host of features to make learning multimedia rich and interactive but they often don’t have the visual appeal or ease of use as tools that are available online.

Luckily many of these tools provide embed code. This enables you to add resources made elsewhere into your course page; learners don’t even need to know they’re doing an activity on a different website. There are an increasing number of tools which provide embed codes but here are a few of our favourites:

Tools with embed functions

Audio

Vocaroo an online voice recording tool. Simple to use and offers a variety of options – embed code, URL, download as MP3 and QR code.

Voki create your own speaking character great for explaining what is/was cover in this week’s lesson or for introducing an activity/assignment.

Video

There are of course the obvious video hosting websites that allow you to embed video such as Youtube and Vimeo but here are a few more:

Zaption, make video lessons – so much more than just a video. Pause the video to add a question, show an image, provide some additional information through text or direct the learner to a website. Great for flipped learning.

Telligami create your own animated videos, you can add your own pictures. Getting the embed code is a two stage process: firstly create your video, select the Share option and get the link, then paste the link into your web browser, select share and you’ll see the embed code option.

Collaboration

Padlet boards are the equivalent of a notice board – you can pin things to them. The difference is that because they are online you can add multimedia content and web links in addition to text, images and documents. This offers the opportunity to do so many collaborative activities for example, project work and peer reviews.

Bubbl.us  mind-mapping software is a great way to gather ideas from learners. To embed into your VLE course page follow these instructions to get the embed code.

Popplet is another mind-mapping tool (plus an app for iPads). It is really easy to use; try it for yourself on their demo website.

Pbworks is an online tool that enables teachers to set up a place for learners (even without email addresses) to collaborate, build wiki pages, share files etc. A really useful tool if you want to produce something as a whole class or provide a method of delivering peer review opportunities.

Quiz

Studystack offers a wide choice of readily available quizzes or you can register for an account and make your own. The great thing about this tool is you make one quiz and the tool makes a whole range of different versions automatically for you.

Blubbr, a video quiz tool, lets you introduce an element of competition. Learners watch short video clips before answering questions and scoring points. The quicker they answer the more points you gain.

lessons/content

Xtlearn  is a tool that allows you to collect resources together from the internet to make collections. You can order the contents of your collection and add additional items – text, images and documents. This means that you can create different types of resources – collections of useful websites (e.g. Fractions) or activities/tasks (watch this video, do this online quiz etc.)

Xerte Online Toolkit is a content creation tool that makes accessible multimedia rich interactive content. Your organisation could download and host Xerte on their own server or you can get external hosting. The learning objects produced can be embedded on your VLE page.

Prezi an interactive presentation tool that learners can access via a VLE page, these instructions show you how to embed a Prezi on a VLE page .

Surveys/Feedback

Surveymonkey is an online tool for creating and delivering surveys, including embedded on a VLE page. It allows you to analyse the results and to export them too.

Googleforms one of the Google applications offers a way to create online surveys that can be embedded. The results are stored in a Google

 

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