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Creating Digital Learning Enviroments

David Thornburg identifies three archetypal spaces for creating engaging and powerful learning environments...CLICK EACH ICON TO FIND OUT MORE!






The watering hole is an informal space where students can share information and findings, acting as both learner and teacher simultaneously. This shared space can serve as a hub for ideas and can promote a sense of shared culture.Can be useful when: - Encouraging team/group work on a task or project - Mind Mapping initial ideas - Debating and forming opinion



A padlet is like the moment in your lesson when you get groups of students on a table with a piece of flip chart paper.It is a great tool for collaboration, peer assessment, building a project or idea as a group.It can support with informal collaboration and idea sharing, without feeling like they are being supported/observed by the lecturer.

Coggle is a digital mind-mapping tool perfect for group work. Students can gather research on different strands of a topic, re-cap learning from a previous topic or simply generate ideas for a project or piece of work. Completed coggles can be downloaded and saved as evidence!

Create pages for students to collate ideas or research on different topics in one place. Post it notes can be used to cover the board with ideas. Colour coding cancategoriseor RAG rate content.

The cave is a private space where a student can think, reflect, and transform learning from external knowledge to internal belief.This can include: - Independent work on a task or brief - Time to reflect following a ‘campfire’ discussion and gather own thoughts - Reflecting and absorbing feedback from peers or lecturer



There will be moments in a lesson where you need the student to go away and independently gather their thoughts, digest information and respond to a topic or task with the opinion or knowledge.Socrative is a very flexible tool, allowing you to pose questions, quizzes and reflection tasks to get the student into their cave and engaging independently.

Want to allow your students the independence to move away from a live online session to complete work but still want to check engagement? Then Nearpod might be for you! Upload pre-existing PPTs and embed interactive activities and assessments directly into the presentation. Go 'live' for tutor led sessions or 'student-paced' for student led learning. See in real time student's engagement & download post lesson reports.

(A free platform to create digital lesson packages utilising the TED Talks universe. Add quizzes / long answer questions and discussion boardsto interact with lesson input).

The campfire is a space where people gather to learn from an expert.This can include: - Students, guest speakers or teacher sharing their experiences or understanding - Enquiring by asking questions and challenging opinion of the expert or storyteller - Encouraging students to feel empowered to share their learning with peers and teachers



Genial.ly is a presentation / gamification & infographic software which allows you to bring content from multiple sources together - just like this session! Embed all your favourite ILT tools seamlessly alongside multimedia input to create an engaging resource for lessons!

Wakelet is a collaboration platform which can be really useful for putting documents, videos, social media content and resources in 1 central place for the students to see.It can be a great way for the leader of the ‘campfire’ discussion to focus the conversation and storytelling.

(A PowerPoint alternative that adds motion as a transition automatically.Allows you & the viewer to see all of your content & zoom in to any area, giving them freedom to explore your content in a more engaging manner than a set of slides.You can now also have yourself on screen while theprezianimates around you, providing the learner with more visual stimulation during teacher talk.)

Big Question 1:How can online assessment contribute to or ovelap with:Engagement &Pace?Big Question 2: What barriers to assessment does online learning create? Big Question 3: How does online learning support the assessment of individual learners?