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Thursday, March 27, 2008

By Charles Christison, Instructional Designer

Your class has group projects and your group members are scattered around the globe. How do you bring everyone together and collaborate on the projects? Consider using one of the many free collaboration tools available on the World Wide Web. For now, let’s look at an online whiteboard that support collaboration.

These online tools let your group share a whiteboard space for brainstorming and for concept mapping. These sites allow for all to draw and annotate the board. One free online whiteboard is Twiddla. It has just been awarded the SXSW Interactive Annual Web Award for Technical Achievement. Besides the shared whiteboard feature, it has built-in chat and audio tools. This site is free, but you do need to register to have access. To invite people, you can choose to type their email in the invitation box or simply share the whiteboard location (i.e., URL).

Other collaborative whiteboards include Scriblink and Skrbl. All of these are free and have audio conferencing capabilities.

If you know of other collaborative tools that are worth passing on to others, please contact us.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We currently use http://www.batipi.com for our online learning requirements. They provide you with a multi-functional meeting room where you can share whiteboards, audio conference, video conference, share files, etc. Their 24/7 support team is great as well... It isn't free but the nominal charge is worth the quality.
Regards,

March 28, 2008 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Distance Learning said...

Nice article !!

March 29, 2008 at 5:02 AM  

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