You can use a wide range of technologies to support online learning. Your institution needs to consider several factors before deciding which technologies to use and it's advisable to adopt a strategic approach, linking technology choices to operational and technical considerations, curriculum design and identified student needs.
Different technologies offer specific benefits and bring their own constraints and challenges. All of this must be balanced against the preferred pedagogic approaches and levels of support that your institution can offer teaching staff and students.
A holistic approach
Selecting, adapting and integrating technologies for online learning should not be done in isolation.
We recommend that you look at our accompanying guide, scaling up online learning which offers a strategic view of different models and the implications of implementing online learning at an institutional level.
Our accompanying guide on curriculum design and support for online learning will take you through decisions around pedagogy and help you consider what kinds of support your staff and students will need.