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Best Options for Online Communication with Students

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Below is a table of several communication tools you can use to interact with your students.

BB Collaborate Zoom Google Hangouts (and Meet) Discussion Board VoiceThread
Synchronous yes yes yes no no
Asynchronous  yes (if recorded) yes (if recorded) no yes yes
Share Screen yes yes yes no no (in recordings only)
Share document yes yes yes yes no (but can present a document)
Whiteboard yes yes no no no (but can draw in recordings)
Polling yes yes no yes no
Recording yes yes yes no yes
Audio and Video Communication yes yes yes no yes (recordings)
Closed Captioning yes (captioner plus caption file upload only) yes (live auto-captioning plus captioner) yes (live auto-captioning plus captioner) n/a yes (auto-captioning plus caption file upload)
Integrated into Blackboard LMS yes no no yes yes

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Updated on May 6, 2021

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