Asynchronous communication occurs at the participants' convenience. Generally the advantages are that students and faculty are free to interact when they have the time and energy to do so and can, therefore, be more thoughtful. Though generally very text and writing based, asynchronous communication can include videos, graphs, images, and any other forms of multimedia that can be uploaded or linked on the web. There are a range of tools that can be used for this, and each has unique features. The following materials provide an overview of what the tools can do and how to use them. Instructions for using these tools in Blackboard are available from the Instructional Technology Lab.
Using Discussion Boards to Engage Students
Journals, Blogs and Wikis
|Choosing Between Journals, Blogs, and Wikis in your Blackboard Course (by Sue Okun, Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, GWU)|
Wikis in University Teaching and Learning - Richard Buckland UNSW