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The tools listed on this page can be used to tutorials and seminars online. The tables below compare some of the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of each method. If you want to conduct lectures, please use the online lecture tools.

Online Tutorial & Seminar Tools

 

Summary

Tool

Features

Requirements

Structure

IVLE Chat

Text chat, save text chat

Win/Mac computer, Internet connection, most web browsers

Simple

IVLE Discussion Forum

Threaded discussions, audio message

Win/Mac computer, Internet connection, most web browsers

Simple

Web Conferencing

Audio chat, text chat, application sharing/viewing, virtual whiteboard, shared annotation, session recording

Win/Mac computer, headset w/microphone, IE/Firefox/Safari, Internet connection (broadband preferred), webcam (optional)

Feature-rich

Summary (continued)

Tool

Advantages

Disadvantages

Mode

IVLE Chat

Students are already familiar with chat

Text and audio-only, compared to web conferencing. Can be hard to manage conversation(s).

Synchronous - participants log on during the normal seminar/tutorial time and chat live

IVLE Discussion Forum

Students are already familiar with forums

Discussions limited to text. Delay between sending messages and receiving responses. Need to monitor and moderate multiple threads.

Asynchronous - participants can take part at any time

Web Conferencing

Offers a variety of commmunication and collaboration options

No non-verbal cues from students.

Synchronous - participants log on during the normal seminar/tutorial time and participate live

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