Communication and collaboration

Image: communication speech bubble. By using communication and collaboration tools you mitigate issues around isolation and give excellent opportunites for students to learn with their peers in flexible and innovative ways. Ensure that:

  • RequiredCommunication channels are provided from staff to students, between students, and from students to staff (eg announcements, course support forum)
  • Enhanced.The online space is used for formal and/or informal group activities
  • Enhanced.Where appropriate, the online space supports and extends the learning community. 


  • RequiredBaseline criteria, which should be achieved by all courses
  • Enhanced.Enhanced approaches, which may not always be applicable, but can provide a richer experience for students
  • RequiredFulfilled by Blackboard.Baseline criteria which are automatically fulfilled in Blackboard