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Blackboard Collaborate

Collaborate is a web-conferencing tool that can be used outside of Blackboard or within Blackboard.

Blackboard Collaborate


Canvas has a built-in web-conference

Double Robot

Mobile telepresence devices, such as the Double Robot, is essentially an iPad on wheels like a Segway that allows remote people to be physically present and more collaborative in a classroom or a meeting. To learn more about or to reserve the Double Robot device, please go to our website.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a unified communications platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration. The service integrates with the company's Office 365 subscription office productivity suite. You can access Teams through the Office 365 suite by logging into MyFSU and clicking on the Email icon.

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Facetime is a proprietary videotelephony product developed by Apple Inc. FaceTime is a video chat application with a picture in picture view. With this feature, you can see exactly what your conversation partner is seeing of you. You can also use either the front or rear view camera on your device, as well as easily transition between landscape and portrait view. Also, FaceTime can support high-definition video calls, which creates a better communication experiences.  You can get more information about Facetime at the Mac App Store

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google which includes messaging, video chat, and VOIP features. It combined and replaced their former messaging products, including Google Talk and Google+ Messenger. You can access Google Hangouts by logging into your Google Account.


Join.Me is a free web-based collaboration software application for screen-sharing and online meetings. It is fast and easy to learn.  Click on Join.Me to get started.


One of the most popular web-conferencing tools has been Skype. Skype is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet. Skype also provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit text, video, audio and images. You can find more information about Skype here.


Zoom web-conferencing has been increasing in popularity because it just works. Zoom offers communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.  Go to Zoom's website to create a free account and use Zoom.

Pedagogical Practices in Communication

Different collaboration activities can be made more effective with different technologies.  You may need to web conference to meet .  Group work is best done within a Learn Lab environment. Presentations could be done within a traditional classroom designed for lecture.

Student Centeredness

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Universal Design

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Etiquette for Online Communication

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If you are interested in learning more about the tools listed above, please check the Training Schedule or contact eLearning at (231) 527-2802.