Collaboration

Link-Systems Updates WorldWideWhiteboard

Link-Systems International has launched the sixth version of its WorldWideWhiteboard. WorldWideWhiteboard is an online collaborative platform for the education market and, more specifically, higher education institutions.

WorldWideWhiteboard 6.0 can accommodate many different types of user groups, whether one-to-many for an online course lecture, one-to-one for online office hours or online tutoring, or student-to-student for group projects that do not necessitate that students physically meet in one location.

It can also be used for asynchronous communication such as students dropping of questions or papers for feedback from their teachers, tutors or writing coaches. The two distinctly different uses means an institution can use a single platform for multiple purposes.

The platform can also be used for advising, counseling, peer-assisted learning and workshops.

The newest version of WorldWideWhiteboard includes desktop sharing, breakout rooms, queuing for live one-to-one sessions and a chemistry tool set.

"We believe WorldWideWhiteboard 6.0's peer-to-peer study groups will empower students in our college courses or tutoring centers to hold group study sessions online together," said Barbara Illowsky, dean of basic skills and open educational resources for the California Community Colleges' Online Education Initiative. "The California Community College system's colleges can enhance their online programs and reach students who need help from a distance."

Depending on the optional services provided, an annual licensing fee ranges from $1,000 to $7,500.

Link-Systems International also offers a Net Tutor online tutoring service that is powered by WorldWideWhiteboard. Via the platform, instructors at institutions can connect with tutors, guide their focus for the sessions and get detailed reports on usage.

About the Author

Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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