This week’s Productive Scholar was all about digital audio discussions. In this session, John LeMasney, Princeton University’s Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach, talked about the audio portions of Blackboard Collaborate, formerly Wimba Voice, which faculty can use to manage Voice based discussions, Voice based emails, and even create podcasts. The great benefit to using your voice over text in discussions is, of course, the added dimension and emotional context of sound. If you’ve ever made a quick phone call to someone who you were having trouble expressing yourself to in an email, you immediately understand the benefit. Watch the screencast below to get started with Blackboard’s collaborate tools, and help your students to express themselves more fully in out-of-class discussions. Make sure to go full-screen to get the best viewing experience.