Tool guide

Edulab offers lecturers a wide range of teaching tools whose added value has already been proven by other lecturers. Read the tool guide for more information on which tools will be appropriate for your educational objectives. The guide provides information about the tool and how you can implement it into the education you provide. Naturally, we will also help you to correctly implement these tools into your teaching.

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Active learning involves students actively working with the material, for example:

  • by actively connecting the material to their prior knowledge
  • by practising specific skills in an active and targeted manner
  • by applying knowledge to solve problems


Creating animated videos


Creating knowledge clips

Creating videos with Camtasia

Interactive video

Voting tools

Interactive lessons with Kahoot!

Interactive lessons with Mentimeter

Peer review and tests


Test questions by students

Formatieve toetsing

Peer review

Serious gaming


Online testing involves the use of ICT in the testing and assessment process. In addition to using the administration of tests (via a computer, smartphone or other device), ICT can also be used in practically all stages of the assessment cycle. Both summative and formative tests can be administered online.

Online tests with TestVision

Mathematics tests

Digital marking with Gradework

Monitoring progress of work placement and graduation process

Collaborative learning is a situation in which students share responsibility and interact with each other in order to carry out tasks with a common goal or joint end product. In practice, collaborative learning is often confused with collaboration, although these are actually two distinct concepts: collaborative learning focuses more on the content and the material while collaboration focuses more on the process and the cooperation itself. There is no fixed boundary between the two, but it is important that both the lecturer and the students have a clear idea of the main focus of a collaborative assignment: the material, the process or both.

Peer review

Video pitches peer feedback

Smart collaboration

Collaborative text analysis

Digital bulletin board

Online Surveys

Concept mapping


With Snagit you take snaps of your screen. Then easily adjust these images and share them online. If you want to show others what is happening on your computer, then Snagit may be the program you are looking for.

With the push of a button you capture the image that you see on the monitor. You do this by selecting the entire window or using the mouse to indicate the frame that you are going to take a screen shot of. If you want to accentuate it all more, add arrows or text. Save the image in many different formats or send it directly to the worldwide web. Snagit is easy to use and all screenshots that you see on this website are made with this program.

Not all functions in Snagit are important for everyone. There are many effects that make the program look like photo editing software like Photoshop. However, if you are looking for a complete graphic package, then Photoshop is simply better.

Getting started

You can find SnagIt in the Software Center on your computer. Do you need support? Then ask your Blended Learning Consultant Blended Learning Consultant.


Padlet is a free, user-friendly and Dutch-language digital bulletin board (or 'wall') on which you can post and share things such as photos, videos, links and files. You can then share your wall in a variety of ways to make it accessible to others or to work together with others. Padlet offers both a general (free) account and special accounts for students and lecturers.

Getting started

Log in via

Once you get to your bulletin board, double-click anywhere on it to add your first digital sticky note. You can add a title, text and various types of attachment. Whenever possible, these attachments (website images, photos, videos, etc.) will immediately be displayed visually, which will make it clearer and more visually attractive. Once posted, your sticky notes can be edited at any time, which means the walls are always dynamic.

Click here for more information about Padlet.

Would you like support or a demonstration of Padlet? If so, contact the Blended Learning Consultant.


is a tool that allows you to create mind maps and concept maps, among others. It is a graphics tool that is used to structure knowledge. A concept map, for example, is a visual representation of terms (concepts) and the relationships between them. The links in a concept map can be labelled or unlabelled and a specific direction may or may not be indicated. MindManager is a user-friendly way to create this and many other sorts of visual display.

How can you apply concept mapping during classes?

The structure of a concept map is highly dependent on the context within which it is used. Students can create concept maps on their own, although working together on concept maps boosts the learning effect as it promotes collaborative learning. This is also in line with the theory of social constructivism.

Below you can find a brief step-by-step plan for using concept mapping during contact hours:

  1. Examine whether the topic that you wish to focus on is compatible with the students' prior knowledge.
  2. Explain to the students what a concept map is and how to make one.
  3. Devise a Focus Question:a particular problem or issue that the concept map must help to resolve. This immediately specifies the concept and structure of your concept map.
  4. Identify the core concepts applicable to your concept map (usually between 15 and 25).
  5. Identify the relationships between the core concepts.
  6. Create a 'skeleton map': a concept map that has been half filled-in to help students complete the rest of the map.
  7. Ask the students to create a concept map on a flip chart. Using sticky notes will enable the concepts to be easily rearranged.
  8. The students must also examine and define the relationships (cross-links) between the concepts on the concept map. It is vital that understand that all of the concepts are related. At this level, the students are strengthening their synthesis and evaluation skills.
  9. Finally, the students elaborate and complete their concept map using the MindManager tool, where the results will be saved and can be retrieved and worked on at a later date.

Tips & tricks

  • Working together to create the map promotes meaningful learning among students in a number of ways: students can explain the concepts and the relationships between the concepts to each other and discuss these issues between themselves.
  • Concept mapping also helps to identify topics that students are having difficulty with, enabling lecturers to devote greater attention to these topics.

Getting started

AUAS has a broad licence for MindManager and the tool can be found in the Software Centre.

If you have any questions or require support, contact the Blended Learning Consultant.

What is Qualtrics?

Qualtrics is online survey software that makes it easy to design and conduct online questionnaires. The tool greatly facilitates research as you can set many different types of question and the results are conveniently displayed and easy to update.

Useful information

  • Qualtrics is a web-based tool so you can use it anywhere and at any time.
  • The data can be easily published online or immediately stored in an SPSS or Excel file, and you can also create attractive reports with which to present the data.

Why use Qualtrics?

Although many different websites can be used to create surveys, Qualtrics is the most suitable for educational and professional purposes. The functionalities and options it offers are strongly focused on research and the surveys have a straightforward and professional look.

Getting started

FBE has a broad Qualtrics licence.

  1. Qualtrics can be accessed via
  2. Do you need assistance? If so, contact the Blended Learning Consultant.

FeedbackFruits – collaborative text analysis

FeedbackFruits is an application that can be used with Brightspace. It consists of multiple tools, one of which is collaborative text analysis, with which lecturers can add text-based and video-based questions to teaching material.

What is collaborative text analysis?

Collaborative text analysis allows you to analyse texts online together with your students. Students (and the lecturer) work together on the same documents and both students and lecturers can select excerpts of text and immediately ask questions about it or start discussions. As a result, texts are read more thoroughly and discussions go deeper than when a separate discussion forum is used.

Educational added value

By using online tools for collaborative text analysis, you can help students to analyse literature. Having students work together on text analysis leaves more time for in-depth study during lectures.

It also gets students more actively involved in class, which boosts their motivation, as well as giving lecturers more insight into the students' reading and learning processes.

Getting started

  1. FeedbackFruits can be used with Brightspace, although the tool is not activated as standard.
  2. Contact the Blended Learning Consultant to configure this tool in Brightspace.


OnStage helps education institutions to coordinate, monitor the progress of and safeguard the quality of work placements, graduation processes and minors. OnStage boosts education quality and yields by increasing the transparency of these processes and ensuring thorough documentation and accreditation-proof reporting procedures.

Why use OnStage?

Benefits for students:

  • Easy online searching and application for suitable work placements.
  • Share experiences with other students.
  • Available in multiple languages.
  • Easy submission of work placement documents online.
  • Clear step-by-step plan for assignments.

Benefits for education institutions:

  • Easy matching of students to learning companies.
  • Automatic creation of files for the purposes of coaching and accreditation.
  • Transparent coaching and assessment from the perspective of the professional field and other students.
  • Flexible and AUAS-wide implementation that retains specialist coaching.
  • Professional relationship management for relations with learning companies.
  • Clear and comprehensive reports for the management and Executive Board.

Preparation and matching

How do you ensure a good match between the student and work placement in question? OnStage allows both work placement coordinators and the students themselves to search for suitable work placements that are compatible with the student in question's learning objectives.

Work placement period

OnStage can be used to set up a flexible coaching process based on a simple step-by-step plan that the student, lecturer and work placement supervisor in question complete over the course of the work placement period. You can specify who will perform each specific activity and what information will be recorded in the student's file.


OnStage also facilitates digital submission of papers and reports, allowing education institutions to maintain an up-to-date student file that can be subsequently assessed.


OnStage's evaluation module is a quick and easy way to measure the satisfaction of students, lecturers and work placement companies. The results of these measurements are processed in the student files in real time and can be immediately accessed for the purposes of management reports.


OnStage gives you insight into the current progress of your students' work placements and graduation processes wherever you are and whenever you wish, which facilitates the compilation of accreditation-proof student files. It monitors the entire document and communication stream from start to finish and immediately identifies any anomalies, giving you access to all relevant reports, documents and work placement contracts in a single location.

Getting started

Edulab offers workshops on and support with OnStage. To participate in one of these workshops, contact the Blended Learning Consultant.


Management/business games offer a practical online environment in which student teams can run a fictional business. This is done in a safe environment in which it's okay to make mistakes. These motivational competitions can be used as part of introduction weeks, training courses, national or international competitions, programme modules or final projects.

Click here for more information.

Getting started

Please contact the Blended Learning Consultant for more information and/or a demonstration.


Mentimeter is an online polling and presentation tool that allows you to gauge the students' responses. You can set questions or statements for the students that they can respond to anonymously via their smartphone or laptop. Their answers are displayed immediately, allowing you to adjust the lecture accordingly.

With Mentimeter, you can:

  • Gauge students' opinions and let them ask questions during and outside lectures.
  • More actively involve the students and motivate them by increasing the variety of the lectures.
  • Test how much the students already know about a certain topic and whether their knowledge is up to date.
  • Better prepare students for the lecture by conducting a poll in advance.
  • Instigate group discussions. As the poll results are displayed immediately, they can be used to start discussions during the lecture.
  • Allow students to give answers anonymously. This will help to get shyer students more involved.

Getting started

You can find the Mentimeter instruction manual on the Mentimeter website. Of course, you can also contact the Blended Learning Consultant for support if desired.


Kahoot! is a web tool that enables quizzes, discussions or surveys to be conducted very quickly and easily in class. The students visit the page on their own devices and enter the game PIN. Kahoot! generates a new game PIN for every activity. The questions appear on the screen in class, not on the students' devices. On the students' screens, they are given the answer symbols for the question on the class screen, which they can answer by clicking on the appropriate symbol within the time limit. You can set a specific amount of thinking time for each individual question and you can also add images and videos to questions. Once all students have given their answer, a summary of the submitted answers will appear. The lecturer is free to select the subsequent question, which means he or she can determine the pace of the lesson him/herself, start discussions about particular questions or ask individual students to give their reasons for certain answers.

Getting started

  1. Go to
  2. Create an account by clicking on 'Sign Up'.
  3. Select a 'Teacher' account.
  4. You can use the free version of Kahoot! If you wish to use Kahoot! Plus, contact the Blended Learning Consultant.
  5. . Edulab does not have any Kahoot! Plus accounts, although it can provide information about purchasing licences.
  6. You will then be able to create quizzes, polls and discussions. For more information, see the Kahoot! instruction manual.

Brightspace Quiz

You can use quizzes in Brightspace in a variety of ways, such as:

  • As preparation for a lesson: If you want to check whether the participants understand the preparatory material, you can set a quiz. If desired, you can then adjust the content of your lesson or make it more specialised based on the results of the quiz.
  • As preparation for a final exam: You can help students prepare for the exam material by setting a quiz that they can take multiple times.
  • Adaptive learning: You can make the available teaching material dependent on specific quiz results by means of Release Conditions. For example, extra in-depth material can be unlocked for students with high scores, while students with lower scores will only be able to access the same material as before, although it may be presented differently.

Getting started

  1. Brightspace allows you to use your sandbox to practise setting quizzes.
  2. It also gives you access to an online training course, which provides more detailed information about creating quizzes.
  3. Edulab also offers workshops. View the schedule to see when the next workshop has been arranged or contact the Blended Learning Consultant


In a nutshell, Camtasia allows you to make screen recordings and edit videos. Screen recordings are videos of all the activities you perform on your laptop or computer that you can replay for others at a later date for instructional purposes. As well as trimming images and adding video clips, the editing options also allow you to add effects such as animated videos, text annotations, educational visuals, subtitles and music.

You can use existing PowerPoint presentations, YouTube videos or websites as input and combine them with your own recordings shot with your camera or smartphone. You can then record yourself using your webcam to add instructions for students. To test whether the students have correctly understood the content of your video, you can add interactive quiz questions such as true or false questions, multiple choice questions or open questions. Once your video is complete, you can share it with others via Brightspace or MyMediasite.

No specific prior knowledge is required to use Camtasia: anyone can get started right away. It can be used for blended or inverted learning (flipped classroom) or any other teaching methods that involve the material being provided in advance and then discussed in class.

Click here for extensive information and specifications.

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Getting started

AUAS has a limited number of Camtasia licences. Please contact the Blended Learning Consultant for more information.

Edulab also offers workshops, which can be registered for or arranged via the timetable or by contacting Edulab.

Slack is a smart communication app (described as a 'jazzed-up version of Skype') that helps make work more efficient and reduces email traffic. Slack is specially designed for teams that want to achieve optimally smart collaborations.

What can you do with Slack?

Slack is an innovative and smart messaging app that enables one-to-one chats with colleagues as well as facilitating quick and easy communication within project groups, departments or offices. To do this, Slack uses channels that are straightforward to create and organised conveniently in an easy-to-use display. The creators of Slack thought long and hard about how teams could switch communication channels as quickly as possible, ultimately devised an extremely user-friendly mobile and desktop app in which you can share links via a simple drag and drop.

Getting started

  1. Go to
  2. Click on 'Sign In'.
  3. Create a workspace by clicking on 'Create a new workspace'.
  4. Enter your email address. You will then receive a six-digit code via email that you must enter on the website.
  5. Add a team name.
  6. Add a project name.
  7. Add email addresses or skip this step to create an invitation link.
  8. Create an invitation link by going to 'channel settings' in your workspace.
  9. Click 'Invite new member to join'.
  10. Click 'Invite a new person to your workspace'.
  11. Create an invitation link and send this to your team.

Wat is Pitch2Peer?

Pitch2Peer is an online environment that enables students to upload videos and conduct location and time-independent peer reviews and presentations via the internet. Using Pitch2Peer, students can easily submit creative videos, blogs, presentations and other products and give feedback on each other's products by means of peer review.

Students will be assigned a number of pitches to provide with feedback, and once the feedback session is over, all of the pitches for each course or working group will be displayed in a summary. The feedback will be provided based on specific criteria and/or questions.

Getting started

FASSL has a Pitch2Peer licence, FBE does not. If you are interested in using this tool, then you can request a demo via the Blended Learning Consultant . If there is significant demand for a licence, then we can investigate the possibility of purchasing one.

Interactive Video with FeedbackFruits

FeedbackFruits is a tool that can be used within Brightspace to add annotations to texts and videos. These enable students and lecturers to discuss and write comments on study material and assignments submitted by students.

Interactive video boosts the students' level of involvement by providing videos with integrated questions and discussion points. The tool allows video material such as knowledge clips to be uploaded and made accessible to students. It is also possible to add discussion points and practice questions to the videos in order to guide students in the right direction during their preparation. The students' contributions to discussions and their answers to the practice questions clearly indicate which issues should be focused on during the contact time.

Got any questions? Contact the Blended Learning Consultant.



GradeWork was specifically developed for the marking of summative assignments in the higher education sector. Its purpose is to boost the quality of the assessments while keeping your workload manageable.

For example, it specifies in advance exactly what each student must submit throughout the programme. The work submitted by the students is automatically included in each student's personal file, enabling the lecturer to access and mark it. GradeWork also features an automatic link to a plagiarism checker.

Getting started

Do you need support or do you have any questions? If so, contact the Blended Learning Consultant.

Maple TA

Maple TA is a digital assessment system that allows tests to be administered online. The system's value is the application of the computer algebra system Maple, which enables extensive parameterisation of test questions using not only numbers but also images, dynamic diagrams, formulas and even text.

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Do you need support with Maple TA or do you have any questions? If so, contact the Blended Learning Consultant.

TestVision Online

TestVision Online is a testing system that enables you to work with a variety of different question formats within a secure online platform, each of which has its own specific scoring rules. The available question formats include various types of multiple choice questions, ranking questions, match/hot match questions, text/numerical completion questions, hot spot questions, upload questions and open questions (case studies/essays). You can also add characteristics and multimedia elements (images, audio and video) to the various question formats. These question formats can be randomly included in new tests using a test matrix.

TestVision is entirely web-based and structured in accordance with the latest insights in the field of education studies. It is mainly used for score-based tests (summative), although it can also be used for practice tests (formative).

TestVision can also be used as a digital submission box. Once students submit their tests into this secure environment, they are no longer able to retrieve the submitted work once the test period has expired (in contrast to other programs such as Brightspace or Gradework).

Getting started

Do you need support or do you have any questions? If so, contact the Blended Learning Consultant or your faculty's Online Testing contact.

Peer review

Peer review – a learning activity in which students give each other feedback – is a tool that is used extensively within the higher education sector. Brightspace offers the peer review module FeedbackFruits and digital peer review is extremely easy to organise.

Peer review benefits the learning process by getting students to read each other's products and give feedback on them for formative purposes. Peer review can also have a summative function, i.e. if the feedback is included in the final assessment, although feedback is most effective when used formatively. The goal of peer review is for both the provider and recipient of the feedback to learn from the feedback that is given and received. Giving feedback is a vital skill for students that they will need to have in order to practise their future professions. In addition, any feedback received must result in improvement of the product in question.

Benefits of peer review:

  • Greater insight into the zone of proximal development.
  • Multiple perspectives provide added value.
  • Useful supplement to expert feedback.
  • Reflecting on other people's work helps your own work.

Getting started

  1. Go to your Brightspace course.
  2. Go to 'Content' and select the folder (module) in which you want to place the peer feedback activity.
  3. Click on 'Existing Activities' and then on 'External Learning Tools'.
  4. Click 'Peerfeedback FBF'.
  5. The activity has now been added to the course page.
  6. Click the activity to open and edit it.
  7. Click here to further set up peer feedback.

Optional: You can also participate in a workshop on the educational implementation of FeedbackFruits or make an individual appointment via to discuss how FeedbackFruits can benefit your teaching practice.

Allowing students to set test questions themselves is a more active method of engaging with the material.

Wat is Peerwise?

In Peerwise ontwikkelen studenten zelf toetsvragen. Deze vragen kunnen ze met elkaar delen en van feedback voorzien. Het formuleren van vragen stimuleert om dieper over de stof na te denken en daarnaast leren ze de lesstof vanuit verschillende invalshoeken te bekijken door de vragen te beantwoorden.

What is PeerWise?

PeerWise allows students to set questions themselves which they can then share with each other and give feedback on. Formulating questions encourages the students to consider the material more deeply and answering the questions encourages them to view the material from a variety of perspectives.

How should I use this tool?

PeerWise can be used in all kinds of ways during your programmes, such as:

  • Asking all students to devise a number of test questions and corresponding answers as preparation for a seminar. During the seminar, you can conduct a plenary discussion of some of the questions and explain why you would or would not include the questions in an exam.
  • Asking students to devise questions for a central course database that can later be used as preparation for tests.
  • Allowing students to give each other feedback by indicating whether the formulated questions are substantively accurate and meet the required level. When students receive the feedback, they also have the opportunity to adjust and improve their questions.

Getting started

  1. Create an 'Instructor' account via It will take two to three days before your instructor account is confirmed by PeerWise.
  2. Create a new PeerWise course.
  3. Give students access to your PeerWise course (information on the quickest way to do this can be found in the instruction manual).
  4. During the course, you can use PeerWise to monitor the questions devised and answered by the students.

As part of a SURF pilot at UMC Utrecht and AMC, a video handbook has been developed using screencasts.

The six videos in this video handbook address the following topics:

  1. Creating an account
  2. Creating a new course
  3. Resetting your password
  4. Creating and answering questions
  5. Viewing answered questions
  6. Importing and exporting questions

No licence is required to use PeerWise: this tool is freely available to all.

Got a question? If so, contact the Blended Learning Consultant



The Mediasite Desktop Recorder enables quick and easy recordings of your entire desktop screen. You can also record audio and video. All of the recorded material will then be automatically stored on your own MyMediasite account, with which you can edit the recorded material. You can easily share your videos in a course component or via another online location provided they have been recorded using the Mediasite Desktop Recorder and saved on your MyMediasite account.

How should I use this tool?

  • Part of the knowledge transfer will be done online as this leaves more time during contact hours for in-depth study of the material.
  • Knowledge clips can be used to add 'remote' guest lecturers to a course.
  • Students can view these knowledge videos wherever and whenever they choose and at their own pace, which boosts motivation.
  • Lecturers can then monitor which knowledge clips the students do and do not use and adjust the contact time accordingly.
  • You can also add questions to knowledge clips to ensure students watch them actively.

Getting started

You can record knowledge clips with the Media Desktop Recorder and the footage will be saved to MyMediaSite. To do this, you must first register via You can find the necessary software here (for both Windows and Mac). Once you have registered and downloaded/installed the software, link the software to the registered account to enable automatic uploading of the material.


Now it's time to get started! Log in to your MyMediasite account. If you haven't logged in before, then you must first log in with your AUAS account. Before doing this, you must agree to share your username and organisation.

Log in by entering a one-off username and email address: you only need to use these the first time you log in.

An email will then be sent to the email address entered in order to complete your registration.

You should now be ready to roll! Are you unable to connect to the server? If so, there is an inconvenient yet effective solution: uninstall the program and repeat the above steps.

For the purposes of video storage, AUAS offers the video platform MyMediasite. For videos that involve privacy issues (e.g. videos featuring students), this platform is a much better option than YouTube or Vimeo.



Wat is Vyond?

Vyond is an online program used to create animated videos: short clips using illustrated cartoon characters, objects or text. The program provides cartoon characters, templates, movements, music and other tools to create an animated video based on a predetermined script. The program offers a wide range of standard options for creating scenes as well as giving you the freedom to upload your own images and music.

(Vyond was previously known as GoAnimate.)

How should I use this tool?

Animated videos should be used if a particular issue requires visualisation. The images facilitate the transfer of the information by making the information more attractive. Topics for which you could use animation include procedures, narrative themes and complex concepts, although make sure the information doesn't go into too much depth or detail. Animated videos cannot be used as a replacement for lectures, books or articles: they should be used as a clear and concise method of illustrating a particular topic.

When creating a video (animated or otherwise), it is useful to use a script.

Getting started

Want to start making animated videos? If so, Edulab has a number of Vyond accounts available. The intention is for you to first create your video using the 14-day free trial period, which can be activated using your own email address. All Vyond features are available during the free trial except the option to save your animated video. After the 14-day trial period, your account will be linked to a one-day licence with which you can save the animated video(s) you have created. We advise you to write a script for your video prior to activating your 14-day free trial.


  1. Send an email to that states when you wish to start using animated videos and what your educational objective is.
  2. Edulab will then contact you within three working days.
  3. You may also wish to attend a workshop or arrange an individual appointment to discuss Vyond and storytelling.
  4. Write a script for your animated video: a template for this purpose can be requested via
  5. Design your animated video in Vyond using a 14-day free trial account. When planning your time, bear in mind the time required to process any feedback you may receive from your colleagues.
  6. Ensure your animated video is completed on the day(s) on which your account will be linked to the licence.