Tools – Management

There are tools that online facilitators might explore to help them be more efficient and effective.

Doodlepoll logoDoodle Poll

Great to plan a synchronous session – simple way to collect best times and dates for participants

  • free account – allows one user to send out polls and collect information
  • additional features for $39 US per year
  • US company

SylviaR: I’ve had an account for several years and used it for FLO workshops and other purposes – found it easy to use for myself and the participants I surveyed.

Note: During the September 2015 Section B FLO Workshop, the Week 3 mini-session activity included a task that involved analyzing engagement tools

Fluidsurveys logoFluidSurveys –

Lets you create interactive surveys easily.

  • allows for online, offline, and mobile responses
  • stores information securely in Canada
  • results can be imported with PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
  • has polling capability

Note: There is a free version, but the paid version has more features (and costs less than SurveyMonkey).

Instagram logoInstagram –

Reply to others. Great way to stay in touchpost a picture, video or a comment.

  • Instagram is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr
  • Suggested by Sue N


Marginalia plugin for MoodleMarginalia Annotation (used in the FLO/FDO Moodle platform)

Marginalia is an open source Javascript web annotation system that allows users of Moodle or other web applications to highlight text and write margin notes.

Note: It’s been experiencing some challenging problems during Sept and Nov FLO workshop. Check with SylviaC before using.


During September 2015 FLO (Section B), they set up a mini-session to have participants review tools. One of the tools that was reviewed, was Mendeley. It fits the pedagogical focus of this wiki in that it can be used by students and/or facilitators. It helps to keep you organized, up-to-date on research articles and it allows social sharing. It might be an “engagement” or “collaboraMendeley logotion” tool, although I have hesitations cuz it is so tightly tied to publishers rather than open source. But, a participant in the Sept 2015 B section was very enthusiastic so, I’ll open this “can of worms!”.

Mendeley –

a comparison of 3 reference tools (Mendeley, Zotero and Docear) from 2014 –

PollEverywhere logoPoll Everywhere –

reviewed by AKorens – FLO Sept2015

  • free options allows only one active poll at a time
  • provides instant feedback for polls, quizzes, formative surveys, presentation feedback, audience questions, or even brainstorming
  • quick and easy to create
  • select multiple choice, open-ended, brainstorm mode, or even a clickable map
  • collect responses synchronously or asynchronously
  • participants can respond online, via Twitter or texting
  • paid plans have cool reporting tools
  • helps to gather information from students who may be reluctant to speak out; there are options for anonymous feedback
  • They provide a great guide for educators –

SylviaR looks as though it resides on an outside Canada server which may present privacy issues – make sure to check with students beforehand – looks as though there may be ways to set it up so privacy is protected.

Surveymonkey logoSurveyMonkey

Create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time.

  • international company – offices in Ottawa, Canada
  • free account limits you to 10 questions and 100 responses

Used by JuliaD, MyraR and HollayeM in Adult Learning Mini-session, and DarrylS in Choose Your Tools Mini-session – FLO Feb-Mar2015

Note: During the November2015 FLO Workshop, the Week 3 mini-session activity included a task that involved analyzing engagement tools. RobinM contributed her analysis of SurveyMonkey, based on the following questions:

1. What category does the tool belong to and what does it do?

  • I believe the tool belongs in engagement because it allows a robust way to receive feedback from your class, and group, your audience, your peers, etc. It allows the creation of surveys –from multi choice to full text answers and then provides statistical analysis/compilation tools for evaluation of feedback across respondents.
2. Describe how (and if) it supports (instructor presence; learning or goals of the class; diverse needs of learners; and online community building)
  • In terms of how it supports the 4 items we are discussing here. It provide an opportunity to ask direct questions to your class and for them to engage with you as the instructor versus only hear form the instructor. I think it particular contributes to the learning goals of building a community and facilitating effective feedback and assessment.
3. What are the potential challenges for instructors/learners if using this tool?
  • Much of the quality of how well it meets these goals has to do with how well you, as the instructor, construct the survey, which the app leaves to your discretion. For example, you can create ways to have open ended answers that allows participants to share what they found most valuable or not outside of preconceived notions. As well, you can allow them to add their own questions to the survey! Otherwise, I find this tool to be hugely easy to use.