COVID-19 Advice for the JCU Community - Last updated: 5 May 2022, 3pm (AEST)

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.

Collaborate 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
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.