Course Tools and Navigation

The course will incorporate several key technologies for the facilitation of content and to encourage interaction. The key technologies will include:

  • This course hub: This site will include information about the course, descriptions of sessions, session archives, a course event calendar, instructional videos, and other resources. It will also tie together all of the course tools mentioned below.

  • Blackboard Collaborate: This web conferencing tool will be used for the facilitation of scheduled sessions on various course topics. These sessions will be ‘live’ (synchronous), but if you have to miss one or more sessions, they will be recorded and made available for review. To connect to a session, click on It’s important to note that the first time you use this tool, you may be prompted to install software on your computer, which means you will likely need administrative permissions. You should connect before the first session to install and test the software.

  • Google Communities: This discussion forum tool will be used to host asynchronous (not in real time) conversations on course topics. It is our hope that this will lead to a vibrant community of discussion and resource-sharing on the course topics and other topics of interest.

  • Twitter: This popular social networking tool will be used for global discussions related to the course topics. Through the use of the #DCMOOC hashtag, we hope to create and sustain a global conversation about digital citizenship while modelling the responsible use of technologies in teaching and learning. We will also be hosting weekly Twitter chats using the #dcmchat hashtag.

  • Email: We realize that email is still useful for mass communication. We will be asking for your email upon registration so that we can effectively communicate with you for the duration of the course. We won’t overwhelm your mailbox, and we’ll give you an opportunity to easily unsubscribe if you ever feel the need.

  • Blogging: You may choose to blog about the course content and experience. In order to make it easier to find and read the blogs of others in the course, we have created a blog hub at If you would like us to add your blog to the hub, please add your blog address to this form. If you would like to get started with blogging but aren’t sure how, check out the Tutorials page for some tips.