Online tools you can use

As an online student you have more options to communicate and collaborate with your classmates than you might think. While WebCT has the standard Email and Discussion tools, you might like to have an easy way to share files among your group, podcast a presentation, or chat with someone using a different instant messenger than you are. Here are a few tools that we have found that accomplish these tasks.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets: http://docs.google.com/
Group members can work on documents and spreadsheets simultaneously, store them online, and download them to their desktops.

Gcast: http://www.gcast.com/
You can call a toll free number, record yourself speaking, and a podcast is created automatically. MP3 files can also be uploaded.

Meebo: http://www.meebo.com/
This tool allows you to sign in to one place and communicate with people using AOL instant Messenger, Yahoo, MSN, Google, and others.
If you find anything else that may be of use to your classmates, please post it on the blog.

-Darren Crone

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