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InScribe Adds Synchronous Tools to Virtual Community Platform

Virtual community platform InScribe, which sets up peer-to-peer Q&A spaces where participants can find help and resources, share ideas and connect with one another, is adding synchronous features that enable real-time conversations and engagement.

InScribe communities are integrated into campus systems such as the LMS, school portal or institutional website, so students can access the platform's collaboration tools within technologies they are already using. With the new synchronous session capabilities, faculty, staff and other moderators can host live office hours, coaching sessions, exam reviews and more, the company explained in a news announcement. When students show signs of stress or frustration, faculty can open up interactive help sessions to provide immediate attention. Live sessions can also be recorded and archived, so they can be revisited by participants or by students who weren't able to attend the synchronous event.

"Our digital communities have helped hundreds of thousands of students find answers, build relationships and gain a sense of belonging, all of which contribute to stronger engagement and better outcomes," said Katy Kappler, co-founder and CEO of InScribe, in a statement. "Offering synchronous and asynchronous functionality broadens opportunities to connect, especially at critical times. Students and faculty can use the modality that works best for them, given the nature of the inquiry or information, and everyone benefits from more choice, flexibility, personalization and urgency in the support process."

"We are really excited about the evolution of the InScribe platform, giving us more powerful ways to reach students," commented Maggie Ricci, manager of eLearning Services at Indiana University. "The ability to connect with students immediately and work through their questions and challenges when they are top-of-mind helps keep them engaged, learning, and progressing."

For more information, visit the InScribe site.

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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