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Learning with Technology Toolkit: Choosing the Right Tools

Choosing the Right Tools

There are many types of digital tools you can use to support your learning at university. This toolkit is a collection of learning technologies that can help with tasks like creating content for your assignments, searching for information, sharing ideas and resources, collaborating with your peers, and more. These tools fall into three main support categories: campus, library, and self-supported.

With your NSID, you can download and install licensed versions of the tools you will use most often, like Canvas, Zoom, and Microsoft 365, and enable Multi-Factor Authentication. You can find technical assistance for campus-supported tools at IT Support, and help guides for library-supported tools on the library website. In addition to campus and library-supported tools, you may choose to use others. For these self-supported tools, help can be found online from sites like YouTube or the vendor's website.

In the case of self-supported tools, ensure you are aware of any risks to your privacy before registering a user account. As a rule of thumb, use a Gmail alias instead of your true credentials when creating user accounts on self-supported sites. The following page on Being Digitally Literate provides more information about using digital tools safely and securely.

A complete list of learning technologies and their level of support can be found under the A-Z tab above.

Learning with Technology Outcomes

Learning with technology can enhance, extend and empower your learning.[1] As a USask student, you are encouraged to

  • Enhance your learning by adopting technologies that are simple yet effective in helping you meet your learning goals
  • Extend your learning by applying those technologies in ways that give you more choice and control
  • Empower your learning by adapting those technologies for effectiveness in your academic and professional career
By exploring the resources in this guide, you can safely and responsibly create and consume digital information by knowing when, why, and how to use digital tools.
 Essential Tools | Content Creation Tools | Searching Tools | Referencing Tools
 Collaboration Tools | Self-Assessment Tools | Assistive Technologies

The technologies in this toolkit can help you meet Our Learning Charter pursuits, particularly the pursuit of skills and practice - being able to locate, understand, evaluate and use information effectively, ethically, legally and with cultural appropriateness.

By using this toolkit, you should be able to

Adopt technologies that help you meet your learning goals and needs

Apply technologies in ways that extend your choice and control

Assess & Adapt technologies for effectiveness in your academic and professional career