Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education

I. Considerations

Essential questions

  • How open (public) or closed (private) does the platform need to be in order to meet the desired results of the course?
  • How important is it to have the grading system and attendance tracking both within the LMS?
  • How does the platform allow for integrating other ICTs within the platform and how important is this in order for learners to meet the desired results of the course?
  • How user-friendly is it for you, the educator, to use and for the learners to use? Will information be flowing mainly unidirectionally (broadcasting content to learners) or bidirectionally (learners will be producing, communicating, modifying, etc. within the platform itself).
  • Related to being user-friendly, how much (teacher-to-student and student-to-student) interaction will take place in the classroom?
  • How appealing is accessing the platform using a mobile device: cell phone, tablet, iPad, etc.

Communicative standards

  • Form valid, reliable, and unbiased arguments in a logical and coherent way
  • Draw inferences and conclusions
  • Make decisions that resolve cognitive conflict by developing understandings of diverse perspectives
  • Set and work towards real-life problems that are relevant and meaningful to the learners and society as a whole.
  • Create innovative ways to communicate (or reach) with others


  • Reading: Virtual & physical libraries and databases, etc.,
  • Writing: Wikis, OneNote, Word Online, Google Docs., etc.,
  • Listening: YouTube, Podcasts, Websites with audio and video, etc.
  • Speaking: Google+ Hangouts, Blab, etc.,

II. Learning Management Systems (LMS)

a. Canvas (Videos)

Examples: Applied Linguistics | Composition | Thesis Seminar

b. Moodle

c. Schoology (Videos)

Examples: Thesis Seminar | Composition (3rd semester) | Composition (5th semester)

d. Edmodo (Videos)

e. Chalkup

Mission statement: solve for the student first; learning is so much better when you're not on your own. No student should feel stuck, as if they have no way to get help to master their coursework; students deserve amazing feedback that shows them how to improve; they also deserve a slick way to track what they have learned so far; technology should be there to boost learning opportunities and provide new opportunities for learning - not just digitize what would have been done on paper; and as a company we won't be everything to everyone. We're passionate about building a collaborative learning platform that is simple, yet powerful.

III. Content Management System (CMS)

a. Google Sites

Examples: Composition | Thesis Seminar | Academic Writing

b. Wikieducator

Examples: Applied Linguistics | Academic Writing

c. Wikispaces

Examples: Academic Writing | Applied Linguistics | Composition | Thesis Seminar | Center for Content and English Language Learning

IV. Grades and Attendance: Engrade