Using Free Web 2.0 Tools to Sustain Course Delivery when the Campus is Closed

A number of free Web 2.0 tools can be used by faculty to continue to teach their courses online in the absence of any support from their home institution in the aftermath of a disaster that would close the campus for a prolonged period of time.

Xavier University, September 2005

These software tools can be considered part of Web 2.0. As part of planning for academic continuity, we have developed tutorials for teaching faculty to use each of these tools in a pedagogically-effective manner. The interesting thing is that many of our faculty now have adopted a subset of these tools for use in their everyday teaching – both online and on-campus. These free tools include:

PBwiki – wiki for collaboration - PAC442 Section D
Blogger – individual and team blogs - PAC442 Section D

Wikispaces – wiki for collaboration - PAC442 Section B
Skype – online conference calls, guest lectures recorded with Powergrammo
Elluminate vRoom – online office hours - Burks Oakley's vRoom
SlideShare – narrated PowerPoint presentations called slidecasts
YouTube – streaming video - Flip camcorder - Burks in his home office
Xdrive – file storage - file storage
Audacity – recording and editing audio for podcasts

Gmail – e-mail
Google Docs – individual and collaborative document authoring
Google Page Creator – web page authoring and publishing - PAC442 Section D
Google Reader - RSS feed aggregator
iTunes - RSS feed aggregator for podcasts
Flickr - Share digital photos – threaded discussion forums