Tools for supporting students
Phone: A phone call to a student can be very effective in getting their attention and showing how much you care about their progress.
Email: Use email when you want to communicate with a student outside the confines of the VLE.
Discussion forum: Asynchronous communication with students can be within the module discussion forums. The forum tools within a VLE allow many different formats, select the one most appropriate to your learning activity.
Live chat: Use a live chat feature for synchronous messaging with a student who is currently online. This tool can also be used for discussions amongst the whole class group.
Annotations: Use video, audio or written annotations on students’ draft work as feedback.
Quizzes: Use quiz tools to create quizzes that check student understanding and give automatic feedback.
YouTube: The commenting feature available in YouTube can facilitate a lot of discussion about particular videos and is a very useful feature from a learning perspective.
Slack: Slack is a cloud-based tool purposely designed for collaboration that is built for discussion-based activities. It can facilitate persistent chat rooms (channels) organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.
Glossary: Use a glossary to encourage discussion. Students can comment on each entry and even rate entries, both of which can facilitate ‘discussion’ between learners.
Resources for supporting students
Teaching in a digital age (BCCAMPUS OPEN EDUCATION): Online collaborative learning