Course Structure #7
7 Opportunities/tools are provided to encourage student-to-student collaboration (i.e., web conferencing, instant messaging, etc.) if appropriate.
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All students have 24/7 access to Collaborate web conferencing to use as needed. They can use open student rooms associated with each course. In addition, students have access to WebEx for meeting including up to eight participants.
Blackboard IM, an instant messaging tool, is available for students to use to connect with the students in their classes and with faculty. Course groups are set up each semester to facilitate communication among students. Students can add other students to their contact lists.
Training is provided to students and faculty about use of Collaborate and Blackboard IM.
In addition to encouraging online networking, the school promotes local connections between students who live in the same geographic area through the use of iSchoolAlert. This is a Blackboard product that allows us to send messages to students based on their geographic location. When events are held in a particular city, we use iSchoolAlert to promote the networking opportunities to students and faculty who live within a specified radius.