How I Use It
I routinely use Collaborize Classroom's Free Resources for teaching students how to communicate respectfully, safely and at a level that engages and extends an online conversation. My current 'students' are K-12 classroom teachers, but I use Collaborize Classroom's resources to model and extend the pedagogy to my adult learners who then apply their learning in their own classrooms. I used the Collaborize Classroom's discussion board once as an alternative to my learning management system's discussion space so my students (K-12 teachers) could experience a different (and free) space. I prefer the features and ease of use of my other site and so did they. I will continue to use and recommend Collaborize Classroom's resources as the "go to" place for online and blended discussion strategies for the classroom, but do not recommend the actual discussion space.
Collaborize Classroom's Free Resources are a treasure trove of strategies, guidelines and practical tools to use with students and for teachers to learn about teaching in an online discussion environment. However, their actual discussion board feature does not have the "intuitive" flow or ease of use of other discussion boards found within a learning management system like Haiku or Canvas. The discussion feature would be greatly enhanced if there was a way for students to upload their photo to a profile which would accompany their discussion posts. My students missed 'seeing' who they were talking to in Collaborize. Also, the discussion thread flow is clunky and not particularly easy to use. In the end, if I only were reviewing the Resources available on Collaborize Classroom's web site... it would get a 5 across the board.