The communication and collaboration tools available within Blackboard serve as an
integral part of the teaching process. Collaboration tools such as Blackboard Collaborate allow for synchronous (real-time) communication. These real-time tools allow for group meetings,
study groups, and even online office hours to take place. Because these
sessions can be archived or recorded, it is possible for users to review them
at a later date. Asynchronous (not at the same time) tools include: the
Discussion Board, Blogs, Journals, and Wikis.
Announcement and scheduling options include other asynchronous tools
which provide students with a quick glance of updates and reminders from the course