eLearning Tools

Flipgrid, Articulate Storyline, Kaltura, Camtasia, etc.

Assessing the Tools

There are so many shiny new eLearning tools being developed and pushed onto the market that a page with little or no information on how to assess this stuff would be incomplete.

Educational technology is expensive – especially for radically transformative learning initiatives that are becoming increasingly necessary in higher education and corporate training.

Because I have been both a user and a supplier of various learning resources, my perspective on the costs of instructional technology is unique.

As a user, I have seen enormous benefits to making well informed decisions about the integration of technology in educational programs.

As a consultant who represented various suppliers, I have also gained a healthy appreciation for the implications of such a competitive edtech market.

One of the most reliable assessment tools is the SECTIONS Technology Assessment Framework. It allows one to consider various key aspects, including costs, ease of use, and direct benefits to students.

Using SECTIONS: A Video Overview

For an Open Educational Resource (OER) project in the UBC MET Program, our team chose to apply the SECTIONS Framework (Bates & Poole, 2003) to the assessment activities we designed for our peers.  The above video is an overview of that application.


Bates, A., & Poole, G. (2003). A framework for selecting and using technology. Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education, 75–105.

One of My Favourite Emerging Technologies

The videos show why:

Articulate claims that Storyline, their popular eLearning authoring tool affords high engagement on “any course you can imagine, on any device imaginable.”


This impressive tool affords engaging interactivity for more than just online course content.  It can be used for so many creative ideas – including as helpful way to welcome new students to a large campus, as shown in this example from Korea.

A VERY Versatile Video Platform

In addition to emerging technologies,

 I also love the classics:

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