Other Course Tools
To use in conjunction with your LMS are several other tools:
- Collaborate Web Conferencing (formerly Elluminate), a real-time (synchronous) web conferencing tool. With Collaborate, you can dynamically interact with your classmates and your course instructor using text chat messages and/or two-way voice. Collaborate also provides whiteboard tools to enable collaboration between you and your classmates, including sharing desktop applications, and uploading PowerPoint presentations. Learn more.
- Confluence Wiki: A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis. Wikis are used in business to provide intranet and knowledge management systems. Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work." Learn more.
- Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning, and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other.Mahara provides users with blogs, a resume builder, a file manager, and a view creator--a tool to help users create arrangements of their content in a particular way for others to see. Learn more.
- Collaborate Voice Authoring (formerly Wimba Voice Tools): This is a suite of audio tools that facilitate vocal instruction, participation, and collaboration in the e-learning environment. Collaborate Voice Authoring is integrated with both the Compass and Moodle learning management systems and incorporate threaded voice boards, voice-enabled e-mail, and embedded voice within course pages, all of which enhance the interaction and student engagement in an online course. Learn more.