Educational Technology: Collaboration



Over 2,500 educational institutions use Zoom for virtual classrooms, online courses, group projects, and more. With Zoom you can easily bring in virtual guest lecturers, run virtual office hours, promote team meetings for study groups and team projects, and run a 'borderless classroom with remote participants who can see your presentation as well as each other.

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VoiceThread bridges the gap between real-time discussions and standard video lectures or online presentations. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file. You can create VoiceThread in your Blackboard course and use it as a multimedia alternative to the traditional BB discussion thread.

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Piazza is a wiki style Q & A platform that is designed to connect students and professors. Questions and answers are community edited. Students can ask questions anonymously and others can contribute answers. Instructor endorsements of good questions and answers let instructors push the class in the right direction. Because this is integrated into Blackboard users are automatically enrolled and don't need to sign in.

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Campuspress is a managed hosting version of the popular Wordpress blogging platform. This allows instructors to build secure knowledge-building learning communities for their students to create, collaborate and share what they are learning with one another in robust multimedia posts. Faculty who are using the platform are enthusiastic about the quality of student contributions and how the platform encourages students to work together on course projects.

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Yellowdig is an online social learning community that can be used within Blackboard. It has a modern, familiar feel that is similar to Facebook but more structured and course friendly. Yellowdig is a collaborative platform that promotes the importance of sharing ideas to build knowledge and reinforce learning. Students are awarded points for completing/receiving various tasks/feedback: posting, commenting, upvoting, and tagging-activities they are already familiar with. This significantly reduces the learning curve to get students up and running on the platform.

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