As part of the iLearn upgrade in February, one of the new features is an online collaboration space, aptly called Collaborate!
The use of Collaborate for virtual classrooms was successfully trialled in 2013 as part of LTC’s Faculty Partnership Program in an introductory Chinese language unit. The academic was able to hold a web conference to introduce the objectives and activity for the session, send students in pairs to ‘break out rooms’ to undertake the learning activity, then regroup for a debrief of the activity. These sessions were also recorded and available to students after the live event.
Collaborate allows for real-time, synchronous engagement so there are many possibilities:
- Collaboration space for group work
- Language studies
- Virtual lab experiments
- Guest expert lecture or interview
- Authentic role play
- Student presentations
- Tutoring for external students
- Virtual meeting spaces
- Virtual consultation hours
- Meeting space for academics and their tutors, meeting space for departments, etc
Collaborate tools include:
- Session recordings
- Desktop sharing
- Engagement tools (emoticons, polling, hand raising to ask questions)
- Communication tools (microphone, chat, application sharing)
So now you’re hooked and want to know more? Sit tight and stay tuned, more details will be posted when available for use but if you’re as keen as mustard, lodge a OneHelp ticket expressing your interest in using Collaborate.