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Educational Technology: Collaboration

Synchronous Learning Tools

Synchronous learning occurs in real time. A great example of synchronous learning is video conferencing. With synchronous learning, you can interact with students using video, audio, polling, quizzing, and even sharing your screen. Below are the tools Teaching Innovation and Learning Technology offer for synchronous learning for you and your students.




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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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. With Collaborate Ultra, you can conduct online meetings or interviews, bring guest speakers into your classroom, hold virtual office hours, and meet in real time with your online students.

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Asynchronous Learning Tools

Asynchronous learning allows for collaboration and communication at any time. Examples of asynchronous learning tools are wikis, videos, social learning platforms, and even blogs. Asynchronous learning allows students to provide in depth responses and feel a stronger sense of community online. Below are the asynchronous tools offered by Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies.




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 Blogs

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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