Email provides an effective means of sharing many types of files (note required file extension names) with colleagues or students. You may access your CSUN email through any web browser using www.csun.edu/webmail
Communicating with groups of colleagues
Teachers must often communicate with groups of individuals (e.g. department, student club, administration, etc.) via email. Using an email address book, you may establish groups for quick addressing and mailing. Each individual can be in be in one or more groups.
Communicating with students via e-groups asynchronously
Electronic discussion groups offer great opportunities for extended asynchronous dialog between students and teachers. A teacher may start a discussion thread and require students to post their thoughts, as well as comments on the postings of others. Electronic discussion groups should always be moderated by the teacher.
Teacher's should use classroom discussion boards in order to give every student a voice in the classroom. For example, certain students may not feel comfortable voicing their opinions or even raising their hand to answer questions that are posed by the instructor. Using a discussion forum allows every student the opportunity to answer questions without fear of rejection or embarrassment from their peers.
"Chat rooms" and e-learning systems allow multiple users to communicate at the same time. This can provide teachers with data to make formative assessments. For example, a teacher can pose a question and give students time to form their responses. When given the signal, students enter their comments and instantly the teacher can receive their replies and assess their understanding.
A blog (weblog) is a personal or group website that facilitates regular entries of commentary, graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Create an account and a profile, with a photograph, in Blogger. The photograph will help identify you when you join other blogs. (sample blog)
A social network service provides an online environment for people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Social networking software can be used to develop study groups and other communities of learner