Audio is a very powerful tool to use, allowing students, for example to catch up on lectures they missed, learn from podcasts, or improve their language skills. You can also upload your own audio clips into SOL using the 'Media' button in the text editor.
Digital badges can be used to celebrate achievement or to show progress. In SOL, these badges are displayed on the students profile or in a 'public badges backpack'. There are two types of badges; site badges and course badges. Course badges would be the most suitable as these are related to the activities that happen inside your unit.
If you are interested in badges, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements in the first instance.
Thecertificate tool creates PDF certificates/diplomas for students. You can customise a certificate via the settings menu. If you are interested in certificates, please contact email@example.com to discuss your requirements in the first instance.
The checklist tool allows a tutor to create a checklist for their students to work through. The students can tick off each item on the list, as they complete it and the resulting progress of the class can be monitored by the tutor. The student is also rewarded with a progress bar that shows how far through the checklist they have managed to get.
IF you wish to use the same checklist across multiple units you can create the checklist in a spreadsheet file and import it into the checklist tool. There are sample Checklist Import template files available - simply change the checklist items in the first column, save the file to your desktop and then import the file to the checklist tool.
The choice tool allows you to ask a question and set up radio buttons which students can click to make a selection from a number of possible responses. They can choose one or more option and they can update their selection if you allow them. Choices can be useful as quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course, or to gauge progress.
The database tool in SOL provides a way for you or your students to collect and share a selection of online items, for instance images or documents. It allows the tutor and/or students to build, display and search a collection of entries (i.e. records). The structure of the entries is defined as a number of fields which can include text and numbers, URLs, images, uploaded files and other more advanced fields such as checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdown menus, etc. You can also use the database templates.
It is probably best to plan the idea out on paper for your data collection before starting on myCourse. What are the fields of information you are trying to build and what field types? How will this lay out?
If you are interested in the database, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org discuss your requirements in the first instance.
The lesson tool allows you to set up a series of pages that contains content for the student to read and/or questions for the student to answer. The answer to these questions will determine the next page and the content that is displayed. Sometimes it can be used simply to sequence material but the book tool probably serves this type of requirement better if the information is to be presented in a linear format.
With this tool, it is often best to spend a little time planning on paper exactly what you want to achieve using the lesson. Will it be a linear or non-linear experience, will it be graded, can the student only visit the information once, etc.?
If you are interested in lessons, please contact email@example.com to discuss your requirements in the first instance.
The quiz tool allows the tutor to design and build quizzes consisting of a large variety of question types including multiple choice, true-false, short answer and drag and drop images and text. It is a very powerful tool that can meet many teaching needs, from formative knowledge tasks to summative assessment tests.
If you are interested in using quizzes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements in the first instance.
SCORM stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model. It's a technical standard for building eLearning materials. It means that packages can be created through programmes such as iSpring or they can be bought in. This tool can be used with a variety of SCORM packages but they cannot be created in SOL, only hosted on it.
The wiki tool allows multiple participants to create and edit a single document online. It is presented as a web page/document format and can include images, multimedia, links and attachments; multiple pages can also be created. Students access the wiki via SOL and edit the content. These edits are usually tracked as 'history' so changes can be undone if required.
Social media is a term used to describe a wide range of interactive tools, that are based around user created content. The basis of social media is interaction, hence the use of the word social. It is also multi-media content, from games, images and video to blogs, documents and graphs.
SOL allows you to easily share video from across the internet, and present it in several different ways. There are various services, most notably YouTube and Vimeo, which allow you to upload and store video that you have made, for free. Also, look at Library video resources such as Box of Broadcasts (BoB) and Lecture capture as a way of sharing your videos on SOL.