Online Guide to New Media    

Welcome! This online guide to new media is an introduction to common tools, media and issues designed to help teachers understand and use new digital technologies to supplement and improve their teaching. The guide is practical and has a focus on technologies that are free to use.   


The Online Guide includes the following: 

        1. Find, use and share images "Pictures say a thousand words!" Explore how to find , use and share images to help improve student learning

        2. Find, use, produce and share digital video YouTube, mobile telephones and simple editing programs make it easy to  incorporate video in teaching activities.

        3. Social bookmarking tools Organize, find and share quality websites together with colleagues around the world.

        4. Document sharing - Google docs and wikis Collaborating on a common document using e-mail can be tiresom. Am I working on the right version? Try Google docs or a wiki in such cases.

        5. Presentation sharing - Slideshare Find presentations, often in PowerPoint, of most any subject. And of course, have a place to share your own presentations.

        6. Podcasting Bring an audio dimension into your teaching. It can be fast, easy and give positive learning effects.

        7. Online Scheduling with Doodle Trouble finding a common time for a meeting among busy colleagues? Try Doodle.

        8. Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources In the digital world the availability of information is mind boggling. However you must be aware of copyright restrictions and where to find resources that are free to use.

        9. Plagiarism Cutting and pasting from digital material is easy but it can also constitute plagiarism.  


The increasing power of computers and particularly their interconnections through the Internet, is changing the social and economic landscape and presenting new opportunities and challenges for learners, educators and academic institutions. The opportunities for higher education institutions to use the Internet and digital tools to reach out to both on-campus and a wider constituency of off-campus students have increased enormously. To get a better understanding of the new media literacies that face us today, watch this short video: 



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We expect that you, as a teacher, would like to know more about e-learning and would like to experiment with new learning activities, presentation forms or ways of creating and sharing resources. The guide should give you practical ideas of how and where to start.  From experience, we know levels of knowledge vary considerably among teachers. We have therefore included links to videos and other websites for further  reading and exploration.

The Online Guide can be accessed both here and through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.



Further Resources

Workshop Materials

The team from Workpackages 5 & 8 organised a one-day workshop on "Innovative teaching tools - Creating content for learning environments" At the Aqua-tnet Annual Event in Vilamoura on 7th September 2011.

Topics included:

  • Video production and sharing
  • Producing podcasts
  • Image production, editing and sharing (explore workshop output here)
  • Creating multi-media resources
  • Creating and analysing surveys (explore workshop output here)
  • Tools for collaboration

You can find the workshop material here.

The wiki used in the workshop on collaborative tools can be found at

See Also....

WP5 Report: Innovation in Aquaculture Teaching & Learning (2009)

WP5 Report: Aquaculture - A Learning Community (2011)

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