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Communication and Collaboration

Last updated November 05, 2020

Morningside Zoom

Morningside has a Zoom license for hosting virtual meetings.  All Morningside students, faculty, and staff have a personal Zoom room where they can meet virturally with others.  To get started using Morningside's Zoom please use the following resources

Morningside WebEx

WebEx is another of Morningside College's platform for hosting virtual meetings.  All Morningside instructors have a personal WebEx room where they can meet virtually with others.  Here are some resources for getting started and using WebEx.

WebEx Teams

WebEx Teams is a communication platform that is similar to Slack that Morningside College provides to faculty, students, and staff.  Teams provides a way for groups to communicate with text, video, phone, and files.  Teams works something like a combination of twitter and e-mail.

Google Groups

Google groups is a Google app available to us that allows for easy sharing of files, messages, and online discussions.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a video call application that is free up to  10 participants per hangout. Hangouts has screen sharing and recording capabilities.

Google Jamboard

Google Jamboard is a sharable and collaborative online whiteboard tool. Tools include the ability to draw and sketch with the pen tool, add sticky notes, pictures, text boxes, and shapes. There is also a laser tool that allow users to point to items on the board. Jamboards can be exported as images or PDFs. Jamboad has some limitations so users interested in a whiteboard app should also explore Ziteboard.

Google Meet

Google Meet is the professional version of Google Hangouts.  Intended for business web-conferencing this has many of the features of Google Hangouts without the more casual features of Hangouts.


Instagram is a image and video-based social media network. Could be used as a tool in courses that are heavily visual to share concepts/examples. is a free web conferencing and screen sharing program.  Allows users to share one another's computer screen.


Linoit is a virtual bulletin board where users can post pictures and/or sticky note text.  Could be useful for brainstorming ideas, creating examples of items in different categories, or to organize a project and share resources.


Known first as a place to get ideas for crafts and recipes, pinterest can also be a useful social bookmarking site for any topic.  Instructors can share teaching and learning ideas with others, create boards for different course topics to share with students, or ask students to create boards as part of projects for class.


Padlet is another version of an online bulletin board with a slightly different flavor from Linoit. Padlets can be collaborative and used to brainstorm ideas, collect feedback, make lists, and a different form for discussion forums.


Piazza offers a stand-alone platform for students to ask and answer questions.  There are options for students to post questions anonymously and for instructors to indicate instructor approved answers.  Piazza has the potential to integrate with Moodle for a single sign-on experience.

Remind is a group texting application that allows organizations and individuals to opt into group texts and notifications.  There is no need for the administrator to request or manage phone numbers. Users can schedule messages prior to being sent. Read receipts help see who has and has not read your messages.


Sort of a twitter for work. Sharing files and giving specific feedback on files is easy.  Integrates with many other common productivity and communication applications. Could be helpful for students working on group projects, or for faculty working together on projects. At its essence, this is a tool to help streamline work communication and sharing.


A microblogging social networking tool.  Posts are limited to 140 characters and searchable using hashtags. Twitter can be used by instructor to send out messages to students.  Twitter can also work as an individualized news feed.  Users can create lists within their twitter account to organize the tweets they follow.


An alternative to traditional text discussion boards, Vialogues is a video-based discussion forum.  Users upload a video and then viewers can comment.  Comments are time-stamped as to when on the video the comment is made.  As other viewers watch the comments posted previously are highlighted as the video plays and these comments can be replied to.  All comments are text-based.

Voice Thread

VoiceThread is another alternative to the traditional text-based discussion.  VoiceThread is a media-based discussion platform where users can post images or video. From this media users can post comments or replies in text, audio, or video format.  Free license limits users to 5 VoiceThreads and there is no moderation or threaded commenting features available.  Pro-versions provide these options.


A robust online whiteboard tool that has a few more bells and whistles than Google Jamboard.  Ziteboard allows for drawing and sketching, inserting images, PDF, audio, and video files, and sticky notes. Unlike Jamboard which is formatted to have several boards that you can use, Ziteboard works more as a larger canvas that the user works within. Typing in text and zooming in and out are easier in Ziteboard than Jamboard.