5. Choose the learning environments and tools based on your plan

This page introduces you to the learning environments and digital learning tools that are available at Tampere Universities. The image below illustrates the range of tools available and their role at Tampere Universities and will help you select the tool that meets your needs.

The image is interactive, so pressing the red info icons will bring up a description of the tool or category. At the bottom of the page you will find the tools listed by category, with a more detailed description and links to the tool’s instructions.

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Selecting a tool

Inner circle: Primarily select one of these tools because they are available to you free of charge and meet the data protection and information security requirements. These tools also have a long lifespan and will not be discontinued abruptly. To find out more about these tools, type the name of the tool in the software catalog lock, as a search term in the search field of the intranet lock or see the tips available in the Digital Toolkit. The IT Helpdesk will provide you with user support.

Outer circle: These tools are also checked for security and data protection issues, but the use and duration of use depends on the terms and conditions of each service and the contract. Support for using the tool may also not be available. Check the software catalog to see if the tool in question is

  • free of charge and free for all to use, but you have to dowload it to your computer from the Software centre lock
  • a software that is available for a fee or available on separate request or for limited time: follow the instructions in the software catalog lock or contact the IT Helpdesk.
  • Note! Any discipline-specific tools that are not available to the wider community are also included in this circle. They are not listed in the modle, but you can also find them in the software catalog lock or by asking the IT contact person or IT helpdesk.

External services: Before you use any external services and tools (such as social media), you must always read the terms of use. Users are responsible for adhering to the data protection and information security requirements. If you need software that is not included in this page, you can inquire about the possibility to purchase this software by contacting the IT contact person or emailing it-helpdesk@tuni.fi. Before deciding to purchase new software, IT staff will look into data protection and information security questions and the license terms.

Tools and instructions

Before selecting a digital tool, consider the following questions:

  • What must students learn in your course? What type of competencies are they expected to acquire?
  • What methods and strategies will be used to ensure students can achieve the learning outcomes? What will students need to support their learning?

After you answer these questions, it will be easier to select a tool that will facilitate learning and support the achievement of your defined learning outcomes. The tools displayed in the above image can be divided into three categories based on their intended use:

  1. Presentations, materials, sharing information
  2. Learning environments and tools
  3. Assessment, feedback, demonstartion of learning

1. Presentations, materials, sharing information

The tools in this category are suitable for creating, publishing and sharing video and presentation material. In addition to the standalone video meeting and video material services, you will also find a number of tools for creating video and presentation materials on M365 and Moodle.

The following questions will help you choose a tool:

  • What types of learning materials are needed? What types of materials will support learning?
  • Are there any recorded lectures available that you could use? What other existing online materials could you use?
  • What will be the format for creating and sharing materials? (text, video content, audio content, slides)
  • Who will create the materials? (teacher, students)
  • How will you support learning and the acquisition of knowledge, for example, by incorporating assignments and interactive activities into the materials?

2. Learning environments and tools

The tools in this category support teamwork and interaction during learning events. In addition to the learning environments, Moodle and Teams, several M365 tools are listed in this category to enable the group to work together and share information.

The following questions will help you choose a tool:

  • What tools will support your selected teaching strategies and facilitate the completion of your planned activities, such as assignments, interaction and content creation?
  • Where will be course “home base” be located?
  • How will students receive important information at the beginning of the course and instructions for completing the course? How can they access the necessary tools, content and assignments?
  • What content will students be able to study independently? When will they need to interact with their fellow students and receive guidance from the teacher?
  • How will students interact remotely? Are the tools used to facilitate interaction suitable, considering the size of the group and the learning outcomes? How will you support collaboration among students and ensure they receive peer support?
  • When will it be necessary to deliver teaching virtually in real time? When will it be best to use recording?

3. Assessment, feedback and demonstration of learning

Assessments are stored in main information systems for studying and teaching (Sisu, Peppi), but you can collect information on student performance and progress using a variety of tools. Some of them can be found within learning environments (Moodle, Teams), but also among the applications of O365.

The following questions will help you to choose a tool:

  • How will students be required to demonstrate their learning? What will student assessment be based on?
  • What assessment methods are suitable cosidering the size of your student group and the available teacher resources?
  • What working methods could you use to limit the amount of written assignments and ensure that students are able to broadly demonstrate their learning? Can students achieve the learning outcomes by completing assignments, attending reading circles and other learning activities?
  • Can you utilise peer assessments?
  • Can the exam be done completed remotely?

Other resources and instructions:

IT instructions: The IT Services handbook on the intranet offer you easy access to all our IT instructions.

Digital toolkit:The Digital Toolkit is a practical resource that offers you information and advice for using a variety of digital tools for teaching, learning and work-related purposes.

Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC): The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) of the Tampere Universities community is a network that brings together pedagogical expertise and the information and services needed by teachers.

Support services: Support services for developing teaching available in the Tampere higher education community

IT Services: Remember the many electronic service help channels of the IT Helpdesk.

Software catalog lock: All the available softwares are listed in software catalog

The TUNI Virtual Desktop: lock Service that allows you to use the same programmes on your own computer that you have previously used on a computer in a computer class.

Eduhouse: lockSelf-study materials and online training sessions of the Eduhouse portal are available for the staff and students of the Tampere university community.

Page updated: 14.4.2022