Currently I am working as part of a distributed team, which spans several organisations and therefore several internal VLE systems. Trying to join up for co-working and collaboration is then essential to progression. We have decided to tr out Huddle as an environment to enable cross-organisational working. So far, so good. The space is intuitive, have a good range of functions (discussion, wiki, file sharing, meetings, phone conferencing etc) and it’s all under one virtual roof. Huddle is free for one space, and is totally free for charities. The only snag encountered so far is that web-conferencing appears to still be a work in progress, but otherwise it is looking to be a highly functional space.
As we explore Huddle I am quite keen to explore its potential for use with students. A great strength of this is that it has good functionality but does not sit behind any institutional firewalls. It appears, so far anyway, to offer VLE functionality without a barbed wire strength firewall fence being wrapped around it.
Pro’s so far for Huddle
- appears to support a community approach to co-working
- easily managed permissions
- under one roof functionality
- good online support for users
- low cost/free
- potential for work based learners
- useful for subgroup permissions/workspaces
Hurray for Huddle (so far 🙂 )