Synchronous communication

Synchronous communication tools enable real time communication and collaboration in a ‘same time-different place’ mode.

This type of communication promotes:

  • Collaboration
  • Allows for immediate response and feedback
  • And can take place irrespective of distance.

Examples of synchronous communication techniques, are:

  • Online conferences
  • Chatrooms
  • Student response systems.

Tools such as Collaborate Ultra also offer functions which allow for simultaneous viewing of whiteboard drawings, sharing of images and simultaneous internet browsing, creating a more engaging learning environment.

Supported technologies

Collaborate Subject Rooms
Get started with using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a real-time virtual classroom and web conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact.

Ultra: Group Conversations
If the class conversation tool is activated on a group assessment item, then students of that group and teaching staff can converse with each other in a chat like panel and can also enter a Collaborate session together.

GoSoapBox is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Student Response System where students use Wi-Fi enabled devices on campus to interact online with their lecturer and peers before, during or after a face-to-face class. The tool promotes student engagement in an active learning approach.  It has features where students can indicate their level of understanding through the Confusion Barometer; and lecturers can create quizzes and polls, discussion topics/questions. All data can be exported by the lecturer for later analysis and response. GoSoapBox is compatible with a variety of mobile devices such as laptop computers, tablets and smartphones.

Staff use

Student use

Students should not register for an account. To participate in a GoSoapBox event they need to:
  1. Open
  2. Type the Access Code provided by the academic staff member
  3. Click Join Now