Online discussion in combination with Skype

Online discussion

An online discussion forum is a web-based communication tool (or activity) that enables participants to post messages and to reply to others' messages asynchronously. Unlike the real-time (synchronous) discussions of chat rooms and instant messaging the online discussion typically lasts longer and gives students time to think about what they are going to contribute. This activity is available in iLearn.

Online discussion forums provide an ideal activity for the facilitation of three types of interactions: learner-learner, learner-teacher, learner-content

You can use the online discussion forum to post important messages to the entire class, generate class discussions, facilitate peer review and evaluate students based on their responses to open-ended questions. You can conduct online discussions with your students in iLearn.

In an online discussion, the participants discuss about a specific problem or situation. Learners discuss a predefined topic and practice arguing in explaining their position.

Skype

Skype is a video conferencing tool. In the free version up to 25 participants (caller + 24 persons) can take part at group calls. Up to  10 (9 + host) people can use video stream and the rest would be audio stream. 

In the free version it is also possible to share the screen in calls up to 10 persons.