Overview of telecollaboration tools and affordances

In TILA we have chosen to work with user-friendly and safe tools that allow pupils to engage in intercultural communication. On the one hand we propose asynchronous tools (discussion forum, wiki), on the other we propose synchronous tools (text chat, videocommunication, 3D virtual world). Almost all of them are accessible through our learning environment, the Moodle platform.

Each tool offers its own advantages and challenges. For a quick overview of the affordances of each tool, see below, or click in the alphabet above. For more specific information about each tool, please refer to the different submenus of the ‘Telecollaboration Tasks and Tools’ section on the website.

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Video conferencing


  • Big Bluebutton
  • Google Hangout
  • Skype


  • Multipoint video/audio conference
  • Multiple users can share their webcam at the same time.
  • No built-in limit on the number of simultaneously active webcams.
  • Public and private written chat
  • Document sharing (PDF or Office documents)
  • Desktop Sharing
  • Whiteboard
  • Recording (slides + audio + chat) for later playback

Useful for

  • Communication between two or more people
  • Document sharing => collaboration and talking about the content of documents