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Collaboration Tools

Your instructor and school control which tools are available. If this tool is not available, your instructor or school may have disabled it.

The collaboration tools allow you to participate in real-time lessons and discussions. Examples of these sessions include online discussions, test review sessions, real-time lectures, and live question-and-answer forums. You may also be able to review recordings of previous sessions.

Course groups can also use the collaboration tools for private sessions open to their course group members only.

Two collaboration tools are available.

  • Virtual classroom includes a whiteboard, chat panel, web browser, course map, and a question-and-answer area.
  • Chat is an exchange of text messages online. You can access chat separately from the virtual classroom.

An accessible version of the virtual classroom tool is available. A link to this version appears when you join a session on the Collaboration Sessions page.

Before You Begin

  • You need the Java 2 RunTime Environment to use the collaboration tools. You can download the plug-in from the page that appears when you join a collaboration session. You must enable pop-ups to successfully run a collaboration tool.
  • To use Safari, you must disable pop-up window blocking.