NILE GuidesStaff > Communication

Communication aims to highlight and notify, either as a one-way announcement or two-way conversation between tutors and students. Choose from the options below and we’ll recommend the best tool.

Synchronous

Activity occurs at the same time with participants connected using their own device, either from the same location or at distance. Examples include webinars, virtual classrooms and instant chat rooms.

 

Cohort

You want to conduct a live session with a whole module or course. Each member can be located locally or at distance (globally) but will require a good internet connection and suitable device.

We recommend Collaborate because:

  • accounts profiles are connected to central records
  • management – room access is controlled by instructors
  • collaborationshare screens, files, web pages, webcams and more
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Group(s)

You want to conduct a live session with a group, or set of groups, within a module or course. Each member can be located locally or at distance (globally) but will require a good internet connection and suitable device.

We recommend Collaborate because:

  • accounts profiles are connected to central records
  • management – room access is controlled by instructors
  • collaborationshare screens, files, web pages, webcams and more
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Individual

You want to conduct a live session with an individual student. They can be located locally or at distance (globally) but will require a good internet connection and suitable device.

We recommend Collaborate because:

  • accounts profiles are connected to central records
  • management – room access is controlled by instructors
  • collaborationshare screens, files, web pages, webcams and more
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Peer-to-peer

You want your students to conduct a live session between themselves. Each member can be located locally or at distance (globally) but will require a good internet connection and suitable device.

We recommend Collaborate because:

  • accounts profiles are connected to central records
  • management – room access is controlled by instructors
  • collaborationshare screens, files, web pages, webcams and more
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Asynchronous

Participants are connected, but not in the same moment, meaning communication develops over a longer period. Examples include announcements, discussion boards and email.

 

Cohort

You want to send a message to a whole module or course giving an instruction or announcement. This might include a reminder of an upcoming deadline, timetable change or releasing of feedback and grades.

We recommend Blackboard Announcements because:

  • quick messaging – post details simply from within your site to everyone enrolled
  • send to all – optionally send an email containing your message to all members
  • archivingretain a copy of the message within your site for reference
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Group(s)

You want to send a message to a group, or selection of groups, within a module or course. This will be specific to these members, and not the whole cohort.

We recommend Blackboard Email because:

  • address book – contact students without the need to look-up contact details 
  • attachments – add files to your messages
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Individual

You want to send a message to an individual student within a site.

We recommend Blackboard Email because:

  • address book – contact students without the need to look-up contact details 
  • attachments – add files to your messages
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Peer-to-peer

You want your students to be able to communicate with each other in their groups or as a whole cohort.

We recommend Blackboard Group Tools because:

  • discussion board new threads per group or topic
  • file exchange share files between members
  • group managementeasy set-up based on site membership
  • address bookno contacts needed by students
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