Common Web-Based Programs
Some common computer programs college students must know about consist of those that are web-based. As college enters the digital era, more and more classes are being offered in hybrid or completely online formats. Today's students often enroll in online higher educational institutions.
The most common online platforms used include Angel, Moodle, and Blackboard.
Angel allows instructors to monitor students closely and has an integrated email system and group rooms to work on collaborative projects. Moodle is a free platform that allows for many of the same or similar features, but also includes blogs, wikis, and other ways of hosting forums and group discussions. It is popular enough to be used outside of higher education as well.
Blackboard is so popular that many brick-and-mortar, traditional college courses contain Blackboard components. Professors may place grades online for students, lecture notes, presentations, and even homework assignments, creating a virtual space to store classroom materials.
These online computer platforms include places to message and communicate with classmates, professors, and teaching assistants. Likewise, students may access their grades, course materials, syllabi, and readings. Some professors may use these platforms for group meetings and as a substitute to distributing worksheets and reading packets.
Students taking online courses may be required to submit homework, participate in discussion board assignments, and take quizzes and exams through Angel or Blackboard.
One additional platform may be used by online students. That is Elluminate, popular both for online tutoring services, as well as for virtual office hours. It allows for the use of microphones, allows for use of a whiteboard, and includes an instant messaging system.