eLearning Tools

Digital tools and tutorials to make your learning more effective.

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Digital Toolbox

There are a lot of free and online tools that can help you with writing papers, time management, creating diagrams, audio and video conferencing, and collaborating with others. 

Visual Tools

To manage graphics to support your work, you can create drawings or store images using these tools.

  • Gliffy – create flowcharts, diagrams and technical drawings.
  • Flickr – upload images with limit options so only group members can see.
  • Bubbl.us – lets you brainstorm online using visual mind maps.
  • Google Docs – allows you to draw diagrams as a group.
  • EditGrid – create and share spreadsheets.
  • infogr.am – create more than 30 different chart types.

Communication Tools

When you can’t meet face-to-face with your group, using any of these tools will allow you to speak in real-time with other group members easily.

  • Blackboard – your instructor may set up a secure discussion area for your group to work in.
  • Skype – allows you to audio conference with others for free using your computer.
    • Using Skype – tutorial from University of Minnesota.
  • Google Voice – similar to Skype, it runs through your Gmail account.
  • Google Hangouts  – similar to Skype, it runs through your Gmail account.
  • Wiggio – lets you communicate using group email, texting and voice messages, and run conference calls and a chatroom.

Learn more about working with groups on the Library's Learning Commons Group Work page.

Writing Tools

Working on one document allows all members to see the progression of the project and what still needs to be done. Depending on the assignment you have, these tools can be used to build websites, write Word-style documents, or just have a collaborative document for everyone to access and update.

  • Wikis – allows multiple users to add content to a single web-based document.
  • Evernote – allows users to take notes where a "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo.
  • Google Docs – share Word-style documents, Powerpoint-style presentations, spreadsheets, and more with anyone who has a Gmail account.
  • Google Sites – create websites easily and allow changes by whomever you add.
  • Gobby – allows multiple users to edit a text document at the same time, shown by different colours for each person.
  • Zoho Writer – a word processing site that gives template options and ability edit them with others in real time.
  • SocialText – real-time editing for word processed documents.
  • WriteBoard – tracks changes made to web-based documents and allows you to roll back to previous changes.

Faculty Teaching Tools

There are many teaching tools that instructors could use in their courses to improve and enhance the process of teaching.

UBC's eLearning Toolkit provides extensive resources for instructors. Additional tools to consider include:

  • Mobile Learning Applications
  • Question Mark
  • Social Web Tools
  • WordPress Blogs
  • Storyline
  • Powtoon
  • Video/Audio
  • Adobe Connect
  • Blue Jeans
  • Camtasia
  • Evernote
  • Survey
  • Flash Animation
  • Presentation Tools (Prezi, Adobe Presenter, Google doc)
  • JIBC Library - Faculty Resources

Mobile Learning & Apps

As mobile devices become more and more part of our daily lives, we try to find ways to integrate them into our learning and teaching routines. The JIBC has three apps to enhance your learning. 


Blackboard Mobile Learn App

Blackboard Mobile Learn makes it easier for you to keep up with your courses by letting you access them whenever and wherever you want. Get more information from Blackboard on downloading and installing the app.

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ICS/IMS Glossary iPhone App

The ICS/IMS Glossary is an educational resource provided by JIBC's Emergency Management Division(EMD) for students and emergency management practitioners. This is the first free iPhone application offered by JIBC. The glossary is intended for education purposes only and does not necessarily contain all terms or definitions required by the end user.

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ESS2Go App

Designed for ESS reception centre and group lodging team responders, this is an educational tool used to teach about planning and responding to emergencies and disasters – it may also be used for practical purposes. Create and store your team contacts, use function checklists, calculate a number of meals for evacuees, plan for staffing needs, refer to guides/standards, plan with interactive maps, and more! All of the functions in the App with the exception of the interactive map, can be used without internet access.

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Hazardous Materials for Awareness Level Personnel iPhone App

Hazardous Materials for Awareness Level Personnel focuses on recognition of a hazardous emergency, personnel safety, hazard assessment, and the notification of the emergency response team using safe, practical, defensive actions all of which are critical components required when dealing with a hazardous situation. The app is designed to prepare the user for certification at the NFPA 472 (2012) Awareness Level. The app may also be used as a resource for training or review purposes.

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Online Identity & Technology Skills

For your own safety (and potential reputation) you should also be aware of your digital presence when online. When used correctly, your online presence can be used in a positive way, allowing you to showcase:

  • Who you are
  • What you’re up to
  • Your computer and internet skills, or become better at them
  • Your online community (who you associate with)
  • And more!

Online identities and networks are becoming more and more common, and for certain jobs, employers can even come to expect that you too will be apart of it. A well-done, updated, and thoughtful blog or webspace can really showcase your skills; however, a word of caution must be given to this fun and new way to communicate.

Your Digital Tattoo

As social networks become increasingly popular, it’s becoming more common for students start their online presence earlier. Students, however, are not considering what kind of effect the information they share today might have on them and their life tomorrow. You have to remember that whatever you put online stays online. Your digital tattoo is much like an ink tattoo… once it’s out there it can be difficult and painful to remove.

Before you post information online ask yourself:

  • Would I still post it if it was on a public bulletin board on campus?
  • If it were published in the paper?
  • If someone passed the info or photo on to my parents?
  • If I knew a potential employer might see it?, my professors?, Campus Police?
  • Would I engage an unknown person in conversation if we were two strangers sitting on the bus together?

Your digital tattoo can be like a bad conversation that NEVER goes away.  Be aware of your digital footprint and learn more at the UBC  Digital Tattoo Tutorial  created in collaboration with UBC students. 

Appropriate Use of Technology

JIBC requires that students use technology appropriately.  What this means is that there are basic, commonsense rules that govern while using JIBC equipment and systems.

Some simple rules are:

  • don't download or distribute offensive content
  • don't use your class contact lists to spam
  • don't download movies
  • don't engage in illegal activity on our systems

All JIBC students are expected to comply with policies listed at www.jibc.ca/policies, including Harassment - Students, and Student Code of Conduct.

Technology Skills

If you don't know the basics of computers, you might want to start by printing out a basic Technical Literacy module.

It will be difficult to get through your student experience without some sort of Office tool. Regardless of what tool you use, you're going to want to ask yourself the following:

  • Can you create a document, name it, save it onto your computer or memory stick?
  • Can you cut and paste?
  • Can you use track changes?
  • Can you add a comment?
  • Can you format text?
  • Can you attach your document to an email?

 If you struggle with any of the above, Microsoft Office provides free online resources.


Last updated April 3, 2017