How to connect, communicate, collaborate
1 Ways to communicate with students
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There are a number of tools to use within Moodle for communicating with students: 2 synchronous and 4 asynchronous. For flexible (blended) and fully online sites, it is recommended to have both synchronous and asynchronous tools.
|Blackboard Collaborate (see information on this site)||Dialogue|
Echo360 lectures or individual recordings
Note that if you are using Mahara (e-portfolio) it is possible to use forums with a group and for journal entries to be used like blogs.
Outside of Moodle activities, it is possible to use Skype or Google Hangouts for group or one-to-one discussions. External content can be pulled in from Twitter, RSS feeds, YouTube. You can upload your own video recordings created using Echo360 personal capture or Quicktime.
TIP: any recordings should be loaded into Echo360. You need to organise to have your unit connected with Echo360 via the team at email@example.com. And then add the Echo360 block on your site.