External Learning Tools - An Overview

The External Learning Tools are a series of platforms that significantly enhance the online learning experience for students and teachers alike. The wide range of available tools allows you as a lecturer to organise online meetings, record and store them, and to gather feedback between and from your students.

In this article you will find an overview of the following:

External learning tools

In the Brightspace environment, the available external learning tools are integrated and accessible via the button Existing activities in the Content (sub)modules.

Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom provided by Bongo is an integrated tool in Brightspace that allows lecturers and students to engage each other with livestream video. Virtual Classroom enables live lectures, provides an online environment for discussion, and group work. 

In the meeting you can make use of screen sharing and whiteboard, upload presentation, images. The other integrated functions such as polling, annotations and live chat allows to engage students and assess comprehension while in the meeting. 

Sessions in Virtual Classroom can be shared with external participants, can be recorded and published in the content of the course page.

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MS Teams

Teams, provided by Microsoft, is a platform that allows simultaneous collaboration and communication between individuals in a team. It combines chat, video meetings, file storage and collaboration, and application integration. It can also be used in education to conduct online learning aside from the normal classroom environment.  

Teams application is part of Microsoft 365, which entails users to have Microsoft 365 Apps for business or Enterprise license to use it. Wageningen University members can access it with their WUR account.  

Weblectures

A Weblecture is a recording of a course-related presentation, lecture, or workshop that can be viewed live and after the recording has taken place. 

Weblectures at Wageningen University & Research serve as a reference and are only intended for students in the relevant course in Brightspace. If you wish to include a broader audience you can create a Knowledge clip or a Multimedia clip

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If you have any questions or comments about the service of the Weblectures team or one of its tasks you can take a look at the Weblectures intranet page. If your question is not listed you can contact weblectures@wur.nl.

Knowledge Clips

A knowledge clip is a short video that is made in a studio or on location and is about one topic, with one learning goal. The basic principle behind Knowledge Clips at Wageningen University & Research is that they should serve as a reference and are only intended for students in the relevant course. When needed they can be added to your Brightspace course.

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If you have any questions or comments about the service of Knowledge clips or one of its components you can take a look at the educational video intranet page. If your question is not listed you can contact eduvideo.productionteam@wur.nl.

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Multimedia

‘Multimedia’ are recordings that are made to support educational activities (e.g. presentation, practical, demonstration, interview, test, assignment, feedback, or an assignment) and can be uploaded here by the instructors themselves.

The basic principle behind Multimedia at Wageningen University & Research is that they should serve as a reference and are only intended for students in the relevant course. If you make the recording available via one of the recommended ways on Brightspace all the users of the Brightspace page will be able to see the added multimedia content.

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 If you have any questions or comments about the service of team Multimedia or one of its components you can contact multimedia@wur.nl.

FeedbackFruits

FeedbackFruits is a pedagogical tool to maximise student engagement using a variety of blended and online learning techniques. The platform allows you to organise peer review forums as well as discussion assignments and interactive videos to stimulate a classroom environment.

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LabBuddy

LabBuddy is an e-learning tool that helps students with preparing their lab class and supports them during the execution of experiments with just-in-time information. In Brightspace, LabBuddy is an integrated external learning tool and you can easily add this to your (sub)module.

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JoVE Connection

JoVE is a service with peer-reviewed scientific video protocols and journals. JoVE can be used for advancing research and science education in biological, medical, chemical, and physical research. It concerns separate videos of scientific experiments from laboratories and short e-learnings on basic scientific knowledge. In Brightspace, JoVE is an integrated external learning tool and you can easily add this to your course content (sub)module.

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H5P

H5P (an abbreviation of HTML5 Package) is a functionality integrated into Brightspace that allows creating interactive content within your course. H5P allows teachers to create, share and reuse interactive material such as presentations, quizzes, timelines, 360 pictures, and interactive videos to engage learners in your course. You can learn more about all the possibilities of H5P on their website.