Discussion & Collaboration
There are many technology tools available online that enable students and faculty to engage in discussion and to collaborate on projects in synchronous and asynchronous environments. Tools on this page can be used to encourage student engagement by facilitating projects or activities such as text and video discussion and collaborative projects such as concept mapping, and online study tools.
Flipgrid is a web-based tool used to create video-based discussion boards.
Google Hangouts is a video conferencing tool that can be used to make group or person-to-person video calls from a computer or mobile device. Group voice calls can include up to 10 participants. During a video call, users can text chat and share their screen with other participants.
GroupMe is a free private group messaging tool. Registered users can send and respond to GroupMe messages by text, within the app, or from the GroupMe website.
NowComment is a web-based tool used to facilitate discussion, annotation and close reading around online material. Microsoft Word and Excel, PDF files, images and web page text can be uploaded.
Padlet is a web-based virtual wall or online bulletin board that allows teachers and students to post thoughts or responses to a topic.
Popplet is a web-based collaborative tool used to graphically organize thoughts and information. Mind maps, diagrams, concept maps and presentations that contain text, images, drawings, and videos can be created with this tool.
Quizlet is a free online study aid that can be used by faculty and students to create a variety of interactive study tools.
Skype is a video conferencing tool that can be used to make group or person-to-person calls from a computer or mobile device. Skype to Skype calls are free. Group voice calls can include up to 25 users. The number of users allowed in group video calls depends on the device used. Skype also permits screen sharing and file transfer during calls.
Vialogues is a free tool that allows instructors to design asynchronous online discussions around videos. While the video is essential, the discussion around the video is what makes it a vialogue.
Videonot.es is a free tool that allows instructors and students to take synchronized, time-stamped notes while watching a YouTube, Khan Academy, Vimeo, TEDx, Udacity or Coursera video.
VoiceThread is a web-based application used to create collaborative presentations with media and incorporates asynchronous conversation by text, microphone, web camera or telephone.
Zoom is an online video conferencing tool. The basic (free) plan allows users to host group meetings up to 40 minutes in length with 100 or fewer participants. Features available during meetings include screen sharing, breakout rooms, individual and group chats, and live closed captioning by a meeting participant.