The choice of the appropriate communication tool should depend on the size of the group and the technical possibilities of your target group. In large groups, a rather asynchronous communication or an open structure of communication spaces is recommended in order to address as many people as possible at the same time and not to have to provide important information several times (e.g. announcements, information page, forum, message to all). The more people you want to reach, the clearer your communication channels should be and the less it will be possible to use direct communication channels such as individual emails and video conferences. In smaller groups and research teams, more technically and interpersonally complex tools such as chats, video conferences or virtual classrooms can also be used. Remember that not all students are technically equipped to conduct videoconferences or Virtual Classroom scenarios.
You can use the static information pages to provide, for example, a FAQ, collections of links, recommendations for action or formalities relating to your course.
With the help of the forum, internal FAQs, such as questions about content or organisation, can be answered and help can be provided efficiently for many participants at the same time.more
Under the tab Participants of the relevant Stud.IP event, you will also find "Message to all (circular)" in the action box. These messages are sent as Stud.IP-internal messages and, if the participants have not deactivated this themselves, are also forwarded to the university account as an e-mail.
You can create short video messages, e.g. with the help of Opencast Studio. You can create short video messages, e.g. with the help of Videomanagers.
You can record audio messages with the free software Audacity or simply with any voice recorder on your smartphone or tablet and make them available in the file area of your course. If necessary, the file must be converted to mp3.
Various chat systems are available at the University of Bremen. Within Stud.IP you can use the simple communication tool Blubber,a mixture of forum and chat. The ZfN offers the instant messaging platforms Rocket.Chat and Jabber.