Remote Communication

Here are some tips to help everyone communicate remotely during fall 2020. Please review the university's Online Learning website to understand the basic framework within which our courses will operate. See also our Design Software page.

What you'll need

  • mid-level computer (see Computer Specifications)
  • Internet connection
  • access to sufficient software for your assignments

Video Conferencing

Most instructors are using Zoom for class meetings. For instructions, see Zoom tutorials. Zoom has some privacy and security weaknesses, so read Zoom Risks and Best Practices and Dalhousie's Zoom guidelines for students.

Most instructors are also using Conceptboard as a collaborative pinup space for their students to display and discuss projects. You have been enrolled in a Conceptboard site for each of your courses. For an introduction, see Conceptboard video tutorial.

For you to discuss projects with other students and with instructors, we recommend Teams, which is part of Dal's Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications. You can form groups, chat, share files, and more. It works on both laptops and phones.  

  • go to, log in, and click on the 9-square grid at the top left
  • click on Teams
  • in Teams: if you wish to download the Teams desktop app, click on the download button at the lower left corner
  • for tutorials, go to the Help menu > Microsoft Teams Help

Collaborate Ultra
Some of your instructors may use Collaborate Ultra for video conferencing with you. They will set it up as a module in Brightspace. To help instructors create a video session, and to help students participate in a session, see the School's Collaborate Ultra instructions. For additional tutorials, start at the Collaborate Ultra help page

File Storage and Sharing

You can store files (up to 1 TB) and share them with someone within Dalhousie. Go to, log in, and click on the 9-square grid at the top left.

WeTransfer and Dropbox
You can share files with someone outside (and inside) Dalhousie. Both are free for basic uses.


Updated 23 Sept. 2020