Whiteboards

Last Updated: June 30th, 2017

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Overview

The term “whiteboard” is used to describe computer software applications that function like dry-erase boards. Virtual whiteboards allow one or more people to write or draw on the whiteboard simultaneously. Whiteboards are a common collaboration tool in distance education.

Application to All Courses

Participation:

  • Virtual brainstorming exercises.

Presentation:

  • Visual presentations.
  • Functions to replace the traditional whiteboard or chalkboard.
  • Allows students to write on the whiteboard for examples and presentations

Getting Started

Most whiteboard applications are a part of a learning management system, or part of a virtual classroom.

Whiteboards usually function similarly to a text editing program such as Microsoft Word. In addition, most whiteboards include tools that will allow the user to take screen captures, group objects, load pre-made presentations, and manipulate objects on the screen.

Take a look at an example of how to use the whiteboard feature in BigBlueButton

Additional Resources

Accessibility Statement

Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.

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