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...

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