What are the most popular, useful, valuable, digital tools for learning?

Since 2007 Jane Hart (from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies) has been compiling an annual Top Tools for Learning List from the results of an open survey. These Top Tools lists now constitute an important and interesting longitudinal study not just into the popularity of tools for learning but into learning behaviour itself.

Learning professionals (and others in related areas) are invited to nominate their Top 10 (digital) tools for learning and their contributions are then used to generate the annual list. From 2007-2015 this was a Top 100 Tools list, but to mark the 10th anniversary of the project in 2016, the list was extended to 200 tools.

The Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019 list, generated from 2,524 votes from 46 countries in the 13th annual survey, was published on 18 September 2019.

At first glance you might think there is very little difference in the list from previous years but whilst there is little movement at the top of the list, the bottom half is quite volatile with, once again, some significant movements in the tools as a number of popular tools have dropped back in the chart, probably as they become more commonplace. There are also 29 new entrants and 13 returning tools on this year’s list. One additional point about the list this year is that no devices have been included on it, e.g iPads, iPhones, etc

Once again, this year, only 22% of voters came from colleges and universities, hence the Top 200 list is therefore skewed towards workplace learning. So in order to identify where and how the tools are being used, it is therefore worth checking out the relevant 3 sub-lists and the specific analysis of the list provided on these pages.

  1. Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning (PPL100) – the digital tools used by individuals for their own self-improvement, learning and development
  2. Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning (WPL100) – the digital tools used to design, deliver, enable and/or support learning in the workplace.
  3. Top 100 Tools for Education (EDU100) – the digital tools used by educators and students in colleges and universities. Note: since only 6% of respondents came from schools, the EDU100 list this year focuses on tools for Higher Education.)

Voting for the Top Tools for Learning 2020 (the 14th Annual Survey) is now open, and the new list will be released in September 2020.