Entries from EnhancED tagged with 'collaborative.workspaces'

Twiddla: Smarter than the Average Whiteboard

Whiteboards have come a long way since the days of squeaky markers and erasers that leave behind a faint residue of yesterday's lesson. Twiddla, an online whiteboarding tool, is a prime example.

Platforms for Open and Social Online Courses

By Jami Carlaccio and Brian O'Hagan Most university instructors use a learning management system (LMS) to deliver their course content, such as a syllabus and readings. They also use the LMS framework for threaded discussions, online chats, and often, the...

Hands-on with “On Air” (a Google+ Hangouts Tool)

By Dan Beeby, Jami Carlacio, Brian O'Hagan, and Steve Welsh Google+ offers a number of features that aim to rethink how people stay in touch and keep connected. One of the social network’s features that provides a unique tool for...

CourseWorks: Out with the Old, In with the New

At CCNMTL, we get a lot of questions from faculty who want to know about the differences they will see when their courses move from CourseWorks to New CourseWorks. Many instructors have already made the switch from the older system...

Use "Contributor" Role for Gated Publishing Workflow (EdBlogs)

Columbia's EdBlogs system turns the blogging concept on its head (or at least on its side). Rather than one author with many commenters, EdBlogs sites are normally set up with each student in the role of "author." This allows any...

Piazza for Class-based Question and Answer

Frontiers of Science (the core science course at Columbia) is now using Piazza as a way to post questions and quickly get student- and faculty-provided answers. At the heart of the system is a question and answer interface with three...

Wikispaces Adds Inline Comments

Columbia's Wikispaces and Wikischolars wikis now have a new annotation feature called "comments." This new feature is the equivalent of using a Post-it note on a page. It allows for inline, contextual feedback within a page without changing the content...

More Help for Assessing Student Work in EdBlogs

Assessing student work in a course blog can be challenging for instructors, especially for large classes. Earlier, we posted an article about a feature we added to Edblogs called the "participant's page." This open-source WordPress plug-in creates a page for...

Notable Improvements in New Dropbox.com Release

In 2009 we described the useful file management features that are part of Dropbox.com's online storage service. Since then, the service has released an update to the desktop component that promises improved performance and broader syncing and sharing options. A...

Online Study Groups with OpenStudy

OpenStudy is a publicly accessible website that allows anyone to set up and join a study group. On this site, study groups are areas where group members can ask and respond to each other's questions via text, and can...

Evaluating Student Work in WikiSpaces - Redux

We recently wrote an article about evaluating student work in a wiki environment, in which we noted some of the challenges that wikis can pose because of their inherent weak structures and hierarchies. Apply Some Structure: You Needn't Use Tags...

Evaluating Student Work in a Blog

The Chronicle of Higher Education's ProfHacker column released an article about rubrics for evaluating student blogs. It's important to be clear with students about how their work will be evaluated, especially if that evaluation happens in a "public" forum (even...

Mahara Open Source e-Portfolio System

Mahara is a free, open source e-portfolio system built on a social networking platform that includes blogging and resume creation features. Mahara is designed to collect and organize all of your digital work such as documents, blogs, multimedia files,...

Visualizing Crowdsourced Data with Crowdmap

Crowdmap is a tool for mapping crowdsourced information--information "outsourced" or gathered by a large community of individuals through an open call for participation. This is a free service run by the team that built the crisis mapping software platform Ushahidi....

Scitable: A Collaborative Learning Space for Science

Scitable is a collaborative learning space for science from Nature Publishing Group where students, instructors and researchers can collaborate on scientific work. The creators of the site believe that science education should be social and interactive, allowing students and...

VoiceThread Conversations Around Media

VoiceThread is a collaborative multimedia slideshow tool that holds images, documents and videos, allowing users to share information and comments using voice (via phone or mic), text, audio files or video (via webcam). Each VoiceThread is a tool for having...

Live Blogging Using CoveritLive

CoveritLive, the live blogging tool that can be easily embedded into your blog, wiki or other website, allows you to quickly launch and host a live online event. CoveritLive is free and requires no downloads. Just go to the website,...

Looking for Whitman Using Social Media

Last fall, Professor Matthew Gold of New York City College of Technology (City Tech), led students in a collaborative multimedia project called "Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman." The NEH-supported...

Drawing Tool Added to Google Apps

Google Docs now includes a web-based drawing tool, which is perfect for collaboratively authoring diagrams, concept maps, and flow charts. Of course, the Google Docs drawing tool is also excellent for solo work. Collaborating on visualizations is typically impractical because...

Google Docs Adds New Features

Google has released new versions of Google Docs with improved features for their document and spreadsheet editors, and they've also turned the Insert Drawing tool into a stand alone collaborative drawing tool for sharing graphics. With the document editor, you...

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