Working in cooperative learning groups at a distance can be a challenge for many learners. There are numerous tools that provide an online shared space that students can use to collaborate with one another. Before you jump into any of these tools, consider what your needs are. Do students need to meet together at the same time? Do your students need to share and work off the same document or presentation? Determining the learning needs of your students before selecting a particular technology tool will help avoid any headaches that may result from learning a new technology tool.
Technology services provides technical support for students, instructors, and staff using the following web conferencing tools.
BB Collaborate (Desire2Learn "Online Rooms"): This tool is available as a tool within Desire2Learn.
Huang, H.W. & McConnell, R. (2010). The Relationship between Synchronous Web Conferencing and Course Satisfaction in a Blended Online Class. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 546-551). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.