Just had my first experience using the chat feature to help a student work on some coding in. Killer feature. As I move toward teaching my first fully-online class in May, I'm suddenly wondering if SMC would be a good tool for the students in this class -- with no face-to-face meetings, having live communication within a working document seems important.
The more channels of communication, the better, especially since different students work well with different channels! I didn't realize you were going to be teaching fully online class. For me, there's no going back; I've been fully online since 2002 and I love it. Plus, every year it gets better and better with new tools and so much positive student energy! Students may start out as skeptics (they absorb the prejudices of higher ed at large!) ... but they are so ready to find out for themselves how good/different online courses can be. :-)
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