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Principal function(s): Course management
ANVILL is a free course management tool for language educators and students. It is a web-based tool for organising courses and facilitating text-based lessons and activities both in blended and online environments. Teachers can create a virtual classroom for their students by using ANVILL. There is no need to install ANVILL, but registration is required for educators. Hosting is provided by the University of Oregon for free. Substantial IT skills are a prerequisite for using ANVILL.
Evaluation: ANVILL is a useful tool both for text-based activities in distance learning contexts, as well as promoting students' learning outside the classroom. With its updated appearance it is also an attractive tool. It is suitable for college-level courses.
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
High. It does not sell users' data, it has enterprise-level security, and there are no advertisements. However, the privacy section lacks more specific information and does not mention whether it complies to GDPR See here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
High. It allows educators to create personalised courses and tasks.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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