Kicking off the Semester for Online Students

UIS is very rich in online courses, which is a major draw for tons of our students! There are an abundance of positives when it comes to online courses—the main being the flexibility they offer students.

However, many students find some drawbacks to these courses as well—including the limitations of interaction with their peers. Today, we’re sharing some websites that really foster establishing relationships over the internet with peers! When it comes to online courses, these are invaluable—online tools easing communication can be helpful for study groups for exams and in other situations where student interaction is so useful!

Here are a few tools we’ve found that would be useful:

  • Google+ is perhaps one of our favorites because it integrates directly with Google and all the apps we directly promote for education here at UIS! With Goolge+, students are able to create private groups where they can communicate with one another through discussions, and they can also host Hangout sessions, which would be particularly helpful when it came to study groups. They are able to use their webcams and see one another, share whiteboards, documents and presentations.
  • ExamTime is a tool that is an all-around great option for prepping for exams-students can create flashcards, mind maps, practice quizzes, and more. Additionally, it offers the option of creating online study groups where students can share study materials and host discussions.
  • Think Binder is another tool that is a great option for exam preparation. Students are again able to create online study groups where they are able to share files, share links, chat, and draw on a collaborative whiteboard!

These are great tools to share with your online students (and even students not online!) at the beginning of the semester!

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