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Cloud-based Learning Tools Notification

Most of us are involved in some kind of social media activity, using it to communicate with friends, family and even colleagues. Social media is about much more than posting family photos on Facebook and tracking news updates on Twitter. It includes many tools for creative communications, collaboration and getting stuff done (e.g. Google Docs). Cloud-based applications can be outstanding tools for optimizing student engagement in blended and online learning. 

Online discussion forums in Learning Management Systems (e.g. Moodle) do not always provide optimal communications and collaboration between the course content and the students participating with this content. Cloud-based learning tools can effectively bridge the gap between Moodle-based course content, learning activities and students. Students and instructors can share their reasoning, collaborate on projects, use tools to build presentations, connect with worldwide experts, and keep in touch as a measure of social accountability.  Cloud-based tools are “outside of Moodle” and include YouTube, blogs, wikis, twitter, Flickr, PopcornMaker, etc.

So what's the deal with the Cloud-based Learning Tools Notification?

Because of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FIPPA) laws, students need to make a conscious choice to decide to use cloud-based learning platforms as an appropriate tool (and not as a distraction!).

At RRU, students are asked to provide a one-time response (consent) regarding the use of these tools. This response is recorded, visible to instructors, and can be changed by students in their Moodle profile any time.  If a student “opts out”, the course instructor will provide an alternative assignment that does not require the use of these tools, but still allows the students to meet the learning outcomes of the assignment.

Need to know more?

  1. See the Cloud-based Learning Tools Notification Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Check out how to use the RRU Cloud-based Learning Tools notification by visiting the RRU Knowledge Base, where there is information for students and instructors, including screenshots of what it looks like when you sign into Moodle. 
  3. There is a lot more to social media than Tool-Talk. It’s all about design for Social Learning!
  4. CTET learning designers and e-learning technologists can assist instructors in choosing tools and practices for the use of social media. For just-in-time help contact CTET Studio.
  5. Confused about social media? Watch this short Common Craft video for an excellent overview of the bigger picture of the "what" and "why" of social media.