Post timely information critical to course success
A blog can have a single author, or multiple contributors. In an educational context blogs are being used as simple e-portfolios, promoting deeper learning and reflective writing skills. By linking blogs into groups, peer supported communities can be created. The ability to allow comments from readers moves a simple blog post to a much more discursive learning experience.
Provide students with dates for course related events
Facilitate multi threaded conversations. Simple to deploy and manage, and if planned carefully can promote very insightful and deeper learning outcomes
Send email to other people, either individuals or to groups, on your course.
One to one communication between a student and lecturer or as a personal journal for a student.
Organise projects or tasks by defining priority and tracking status
Deploy a wiki (a site developed collaboratively by a number of users) for a particular topic, or on a per group basis.
Course instructors have the ability to deploy groups in 3 ways; self enrol, manual enrol, and random enrol.
Add information about yourself and other staff. This is a good location to provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in the course
Collaborate allows lecturers to schedule synchronous virtual classroom and webinar sessions.