7. (29) Opportunities/tools are provided to encourage student-student collaboration (i.e., web conferencing, instant messaging, etc) if appropriate.
Not Observed Insufficient Moderate Use Meets Criterion Completely
All students have 24/7 access to Collaborate web conferencing to use as needed. They can set up their own sessions via the “Online Rooms” integration with the Desire2Learn LMS or via the web conferencing button in Blackboard IM.
Blackboard IM, an instant messaging tool, is available for students to use to connect with the students in their classes and with faculty. Bb IM help desks are available for communication with the school’s Student Services Coordinator and with the Collaborate Drop-in Center assistant.
In addition to encouraging online networking, the school promotes local connections between students who live in the same geographic area through the use of SLISAlert. This is a Blackboard product that allows us to send messages to students based on their geographic location. When events are held in a particular city, we use SLISAlert to promote the networking opportunities to students and faculty who live within a specified radius (10-100 miles).