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Communication amongst students

Students can support each other both socially and content-based. They are in the same process, struggle with the same questions, and are sometimes alone in an unfamiliar environment. Then, it can really help to form a network. Everyone can easily post messages, but also photos and videos. And both instructors and students can respond. Of course this can be done through the discussion board of Bb. But also a more multi-media social networking environment (e.g. Ning or Facebook) can be suitable for this. 

Which tools are available?

For synchronous communication: 

Blackboard Collaborate: Blackboard Collaborate makes it possible to communicate and collaborate online. This tool is integrated into Blackboard, and is available from within a course. 

Blackboard IM has the same functionalities, of which Blackboard Collaborate is a sub-part, but can be used independently of Blackboard. Is has an instant messaging function (such as for instance MSN messenger or Skype). 

For asynchronous communication: 

Blackboard Announcement, Mail en Discussieforum These 3 tools can be used for both 1 on 1 communication, as for communication between multiple people. When several students have the same question, the question and the answer could be posted on the discussion forum. 

Blackboard Weblog: A type of online journal or  log, integrated in Blackboard and not publicly available, but only to those within the same Blackboard course. 

TUDelft weblog: a type of online journal or log, publicly available. 

Blackboard Journal: An online journal which is available only to the student and the instructor. The chronological display, the way in which it can be commented, and the privacy settings are what make it different from a web log. 

Blackboard Portfolio: Displays the unique development and/or study results of that development of a student. Integrated in Blackboard. 

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