Technology Taster: Synchronous Communication

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Lunchtime Technology Taster from 22 January 2009 at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Communicating online at the same time is particularly useful when your students are off-campus. However, there are a few scenarios when it may make sense in a classroom as well. This session briefly demonstrated the three available options accessed for Blackboard: Simple text chat, more advanced text chat plus presentation, and the super-powerful Elluminate, which includes audio/video conferences, which you can use to record lectures as they happen - or to set up your very own virtual office.

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Technology Taster: Synchronous Communication

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  2. 2. Synchronous Communication in Blackboard Tim Neumann Learning Technologies Unit Sub-brand to go here
  3. 3. Contents <ul><li>Synchronous Communication – some remarks </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard: Lightweight Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard: Virtual Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Elluminate </li></ul>
  4. 4. Synchronous Communication <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bridging distance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social aspects: fun, bonding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing in outsiders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activating quieter students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich tasks: collaboration, brainstorming, q and a, chat games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recording transcripts </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Synchronous Communication <ul><li>Issue: Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Java required (not JavaScript!) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.java.com </li></ul><ul><li>Are you an IOE Staff Member and a Windows PC user? </li></ul><ul><li>Your computer may not have the correct version of Java installed </li></ul><ul><li>If the tools don’t work, call Computer Helpdesk: x6696 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Synchronous Communication <ul><li>Issue: Time Zones </li></ul><ul><li>Time Zone Converter: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.timeanddate.com </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting Planner: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.meetomatic.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.doodle.com </li></ul>
  7. 7. Synchronous Communication <ul><li>Issue: Online Behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Chatiquette: </li></ul><ul><li>http://education.qld.gov.au/learningplace/communication/chat/chatiquette.html </li></ul>
  8. 8. Blackboard: Lightweight Chat <ul><li>Simple Chat Tool Communication > Collaboration > join Chat tool </li></ul><ul><li>basic text chat </li></ul><ul><li>permission control </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blackboard: Virtual Classroom <ul><li>Advanced Text-Based Chat Tool Communication > Collaboration > join Virtual Classroom tool </li></ul><ul><li>all features of the lightweight chat </li></ul><ul><li>whiteboard </li></ul><ul><li>group browser </li></ul><ul><li>moderated q & a </li></ul><ul><li>course map </li></ul><ul><li>breakout rooms </li></ul>
  10. 10. Elluminate <ul><li>Full Audio-Visual Desktop Conferencing Tool Communication > Elluminate Live! </li></ul><ul><li>all features of the Bb Virtual Classroom (except moderated q & a) </li></ul><ul><li>six-way audio for voice communication </li></ul><ul><li>six-way video for video conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>fine-grained permission system </li></ul><ul><li>instant feedback with statistics </li></ul><ul><li>quizzes/tests with statistics </li></ul><ul><li>application sharing and many more features </li></ul>
  11. 11. Elluminate <ul><li>Access to Elluminate </li></ul><ul><li>By default, access to the Elluminate Live! Session Manager is hidden. </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Instructors can activate Elluminate at: </li></ul><ul><li>Control Panel > Manage Tools > Building Block Tool Availability </li></ul><ul><li>Check Elluminate Live! Manager and press Submit </li></ul><ul><li>You can now schedule/access sessions under Communication . </li></ul>
  12. 12. Further Information <ul><li>Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan Finkelstein: Learning in Real Time (Jossey-Bass) </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Hofmann: The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide (Pfeiffer) </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.elluminate.com/training </li></ul><ul><li>Templates for Elluminate scenarios are currently being prepared </li></ul><ul><li>and should be available by mid-February 2009 on the LTU Website. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Contact <ul><li>Learning Technologies Unit </li></ul><ul><li>020 7763 2183 </li></ul><ul><li>www.lkl.ac.uk/LTU </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Institute of Education University of London 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL Tel +44 (0)20 7612 6000 Fax +44 (0)20 7612 6126 Email info@ioe.ac.uk Web www.ioe.ac.uk

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