Learning through Acquisition

Making resources available and presenting information forms part of most active learning designs. This might include accessing information through printed materials or the web, watching videos or demonstrations or attending lectures.

Learning technologies can be used to enhance these by improving quality, combining different media, enabling student engagement and by making the process of acquisition more active for the learner. 

Making information and resources available

The web increases the range of ways that information can be presented to students and does provide for opportunities for students to engage with that information or participate in gathering information. For example: 

  • Blogs
  • Social bookmarking – provide a mechanism for curating resources for students; and for students to evidence curation of resources
  • Open Educational Resources

Presentation of Information

Learning technologies can help make this process more active, through interaction and by providing a clearer, accessible narrative through alternative presentation options.


Building in student-teacher or student-student dialogue will help engage students and support understanding. There are many strategies that can be used to enhance the classroom experience, and y providing opportunities for questioning or testing their understanding.

  • Personal response systems
    • Socrative
    • Mentimeter
  • Forums for presenting back / discussing ideas
  • Blogs/wikis for students to feedback understanding

Alternative Presentation

Learning technologies can be used to help promote a clearer structure to the information being presented as well as alternative means of presentation.

  • Desktop recording
    • Echo360 Personal capture
    • Screencast-o-matic
  • Adobe Spark 
  • Podcasts

Example 1

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Example 2

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