Since 2007, I Jane Hart, have 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.

Now in its 14th year, the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2020 list was generated from 2,369 votes from 45 countries and published on 1 September 2020. 3 sub-lists have also been created to show how the tools are used in context. The rankings in the 3 lists are shown on the PL100 | WL100 | Ed100 page:

  1. Top 100 Tools for Personal Learning (PL100) are the top digital tools used by individuals for their own self-improvement, learning and development
  2. Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning (WL100) are the top digital tools used to design, deliver, enable and/or support learning in the workplace.
  3. Top 100 Tools for Education (Ed100) are the top digital tools used by educators and students in colleges and universities.

The Top 200 Tools for Learning page listing also shows the top of tool (or category they are in), and this view of the tools is also available on the Category page

The survey took place at an unprecedented time following a period of lockdown where remote working and remote education was the norm, so the list(s) provide a unique look into how learning is being enabled and supported in these times. I’ve also provided my own observations on this year’s list in Analysis 2020 together with some infographics that visualise the state of play, and some thoughts on what this means for looking forward to the “new normal”.

Also at this website you will an A-Z listing of all the tools that have appeared on the lists from 2007-2020.

Finally, at the bottom of each of the tools pages is a Quick Guide section that provides basic guidance (with links to resources) on how the tool can be used for learning and development. You will need to be a subscriber to get access to these special Quick Guide sections, find out how here

Jane Hart
September 2020

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