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Collaboration tools and strategies

Learn strategies and discover free tools to help you collaborate and write successfully with classmates.


Zoom is a free video conferencing and messaging platform that works across any device.

To get the best functionality, download the app to your computer rather than rely on the browser version.

The first of many intro videos on using Zoom:

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is software used by course instructors at Royal Roads University to facilitate online, synchronous meetings or lectures in online classes.  Collaborate sessions can be taped and archived for future viewing. 

Instructors can find out more about Blackboard Collaborate by contacting the instructional designers in CTET here

Google+ Hangouts

Although more of a social interaction site, Google Hangouts allows up to 10 users to have group conversations by text, voice or video, and it's free.

 Watch the video for a quick walk-through of how Google Hangouts works:

A free account provides:

  • space for up to 10 meeting participants
  • screen sharing
  • Internet calling
  • chat feature
  • ability to send files
  • viewer available for: iPad/iPhone or Android