Web meeting (or messaging) tools are tools that can be used to help groups (teams) communicate to complete learning activities together - "real-time" (synchronous)

Remember: Contribute only tools that you have tried. Report on features you liked and ones you struggled with. If possible, share a brief statement of what you created or how you used the tool.

Google Hangouts - http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/


Google service to connect with text, voice or video - free
Tested in FLO, Feb-Mar 2015
Note (SylviaR): worked well, fast response, easy to connect everyone - autosaves call and resources shared into the Google account of the host person. Can assign host rights to participants so they can share their screens, You can set up a persistent meeting room location so you can use the same meeting room URL to invite participants for other sessions - have to download plug-ins

Myra Rhodes took us on a more thorough investigation during April 2015 and used the broadcast option to see what that would be like. Here's her contributions (thanks Myra!):

ooVoo - www.oovoo.com/


a free video chat and instant messaging service for any device and Facebook
  • free! - download and install - pay for credits to call landlines and remove ads
  • sign up for account
  • group video chat with up to 12 people
  • send text, picture or video messages
  • available on Amazon Fire Phone, Android Smartphone, Android tablet, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, Windows phone and PC
  • can watch Youtube videos together while video chatting
  • built in self- or group recording feature
used by BrianC Nov2015 FLO

Remind - https://www.remind.com/


a certified private messaging system intended for school use
Suggested by CheriM, FLO Sept2016
  • free with email sign-up
  • privacy terms are certified safe for children -**iKeepSafe**
  • real-time messaging for school, group, or just a single person
  • schedule reminders ahead of time
  • text message to any phone
  • translate messages into more than 70 languages
  • you can see who has read and/or responded to your messages

Skype - http://www.skype.com/en/

popular voice-over-IP (internet protocol) service that provides free calling anywhere in the world where a person has a desktop computer, mobile device or phone
  • video and voice calls with up to 25 participants
  • all participants must have Skype account (free)
  • can chat or message - while in video call too
  • share large photos, files, etc.
Note: updated Skype features high quality webcam video - fast response time - very easy to use - tested during FLO Feb 2015


Call Recorder for Skype - http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/

a Mac-specific tool to record Skype calls
  • try for free - $29.95 to buy - free lifetime updates
  • requires Mac OS X 10.8 or newer and Skype 6.15 or newer.
Tested by SylviaC for Week 5 Looking Back, Looking Forward activity - Nov 2014

Evaer.jpgEvaer Call Recorder - http://www.evaer.com/download.htm

a PC-specific downloadable (purchase) tool to record Skype calls
tested by SylviaR during 2016 FLOs
  • free trial version for download - limited to 5 min recordings; cost for license is very reasonable -The license is valid for lifetime includes 12 months technical support and updates, and 30-days money-back guarantee!
  • Downside - stays active in your system tray - somewhat annoying - had some audio issues with one participant - never resolved why
  • Upside - very versatile - can record side-by-side and shared desktop - nice!
  • saves to your desktop in mp4

WhatsApp_logo.pngWhatsApp - https://www.whatsapp.com/

secure, free, messaging and phone service
Suggested by CheriM - FLO Sept2016
  • free to use BUT uses your phone's Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) so you may incur data charges from your cellphone provider (unless you have a data plan)
  • available for most types of smartphones
  • send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages
  • end-to-end encrypted, your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you're communicating with can read or listen to them, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.
  • owned by Facebook now - see terms of service and privacy - https://www.whatsapp.com/legal/

Webex - https://www.webex.com/

Myra Rhodes took us on a thorough tour during April 2015. Here's her contributions (thanks Myra!):

ZoZoomLogo.pngom - https://zoom.us

free account available - web and video conferencing service based in California, U.S.A.
  • free account - some limitations - can be upgraded to paid features
  • connects all devices and platforms (can connect to full room videoconferencing meetings)
  • HD video and audio
  • screen sharing, file sharing
  • participants can connect without an account
  • can record on your own computer - mpeg4 format
  • https://zoom.us/feature
Note: high quality webcam video - fast response time - very easy to use - tested during FLO Feb 2015

2017 - Facilitating Learning Online workshops are hosted by BCcampus' SCOPE and take place in an open source learning management system (LMS) called Moodle. Synchronous web conferencing takes place using a Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing room(s) accessed through Moodle. The following are help documents and tutorials from various sources - freely available on the Internet


BlackBoard Collaborate - built into Moodle system used by SCOPE online community

synchronous communication with audio through computer or phone, webcam video, shared whiteboard and documents
  • additional features are screen sharing and web tour- default setting is to be "off" but can be turned on
Note: demonstrated during Tues Synchronous Session explorations by MyraR - she contributed the following points - thanks!
  • Chat panel (with all or moderators only)
  • Whiteboard tools so participants can contribute
  • PowerPoint can be imported into whiteboard
  • Page Explorer for navigating the slides/whiteboards
  • Audio setup wizard for setting up microphone and headset/speakers
  • Telephone conferencing in case audience is not equipped for VOIP
  • Ability for up to 6 people to converse on microphone
  • Webcam video and camera preview
  • Hand raising, polling, emoticons and ‘step away’ tools for participants
  • Quiz creation & sharing with multiple choice an fill in blank question types
  • Clip Art collections available as well as the ability to create your own
  • Ability for moderator to grant moderator status to participants
  • Ability for moderator to give participants permission to use audio, video, chat, whiteboard, application sharing and web tour
  • Profile editing including profile picture
  • Breakout rooms and timer
  • Upload and play video
  • File Transfer
  • Blackboard Plan allowing you to load all activities including starting a recording or creating breakout rooms in advance of the session

Note: During the September 2015 Section B FLO Workshop, the Week 3 mini-session activity included a task that involved analyzing a collaborative tools - this is the contribution from the Purple Team

Blackboard Collaborate http://www.blackboard.com/

  • The Blackboard Collaborate is a browser-based web conferencing platform that makes distance teaching and collaboration simple. With features like high-quality, high definition audio and video, and application sharing.
  • The ability to see the instructor as he or she speaks. Some instructors could use the Blackboard collaboration to conduct their office hours online with the students. The ability to easily record and share the interaction with others to watch at a later date.
  • Speedy launching and simple deployment mean educators and students can focus on teaching and learning with less hand-holding. And with broadened device support, including Chromebooks. Designed for one-stop support, the technology facilitates ‘one contact resolution’ by integrating multiple data sources into a single view of the student.
  • This is not a free platform and it could be costly to implement for small scale collaboration. Supporting larger communities outside paid customers could be challenging in using Blackboard Collaborate.

BlackBoard Collaborate -

Blackboard Moderators Guide.pdf
Blackboard Moderators Guide.pdf
Blackboard Moderators Guide.pdf
Blackboard Collaborate Presentation Notes.pdf
Blackboard Collaborate Presentation Notes.pdf
Blackboard Collaborate Presentation Notes.pdf
  • Myra's Follow-up to questions asked during Tues Night Collaborate session -

Tips for using BlackBoard Collaborate

contributed by DebbieM Nov2014
Participant Guide - http://library.blackboard.com/ref/8fb6da4a-0569-4d9e-89f3-c32ec8370cd9/index.htm