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Digital learning environment

The Digital learning environment (DLE) is an important hub for the online educational activities of teachers and students. Here they meet each other online. Read more about the components of this environment here.

In the DLE of the VU, the learning management system (LMS) Canvas has a central position. Teachers and students can find documents and presentations there, students hand in their assignments en teachers keep track of grades. Almost every teacher uses a Canvas course to support his or her teaching. 

In Canvas several external educational applications and tools have been added, for more functionality. For example tools for effective peer feedback, examinations, video’s and an extensive disccusionplatform. Most of these are integrated into Canvas:

Apps for Testing and Assessment

For digital examination, VU Amsterdam uses:

  • Testvision: digital assessment and exams 
  • Proctorio: digital surveillance (proctoring / invigilation)

Want to know more? Read what you can do with Canvas as a teacher, here.

Faculty specific apps (information via Faculty contact persons)

  • Labster (Beta faculty): online virtual lab environment
  • LabBuddy (Beta faculty): online Lab Notebook)
  • CodeGrade (Beta faculty and SBE): online programming learning environment
  • Grasple (FGB): online statistics and mathematics exercises
  • Sowiso (Beta): online statistics and mathematics exercises
  • TrainTool (FSW): online conversation practice tool
  • Dialogue Trainer (FGB): online conversation practice tool

Experimental apps (information via onderwijswerkplaats or steunpunt leermaterialen)

  • CopyRIGHT check: plugin for Canvas to check for authorship of documents for 'Reader'-regeling
  • Talis Aspire: integrated library and Canvas system to develop course reading lists
  • Your VUture: digital game for students to get to know VU Amsterdam
  • Xerte: online environment for developing courseware
  • EasyGenerator: online environment for developing courseware
  • H5P: online environment for developing courseware
  • online virtual meeting conference system
  • Padlet: online pinboard
  • Mural: online brainstorming and whiteboard
  • act-E: online curriculum visualisation tool
  • IGuideME: learning analytics and learning nudging