Communicating in Real-Time

Potential uses:

1. Virtual office hours. We used Moodle Chat, but I would use the analogous tool on Blackboard, which is the LMS of choice where I teach.

2. Guest Speakers. Skype would be a tool that can be used to bring a guest speaker into an online classroom.

3. Collaboration: I encourage the use Blackboard Collaborate for any synchronous group work.  The current downside is the need for the instructor reserve time due to limited licenses. Google Hangouts could be an alternative in this case.


Asynchronous Communication

I currently use Blackboard Discussion Forums and email for Asynchronous
communication. Discussion forums are for substantive reflection on subject matter, guided by rubrics. Email is for announcements and one-on-one communication.

Texting and Polling

I would not use texting in my courses in the near future. Sufficient communication means currently exist: LMS, email, office (face-to-face), telephone, social media.

Polling could be used with  a student response system (clickers). We have access to Turning Point clickers. I found this link to be worth investigating after this class


Diigo Assignment

I would not make this a required tool in the near future.  The LMS provides  sufficient ways to share information for now.

Link to tool:


Twitter Account.  Could be a useful tool for providing updates and disseminating important information.


Top Reading(s) – Week 1

1. A study of the 3 aspects of technology that the Pew Research Center has been studying. Broadband, Mobile, and Social Media.