Teaching: Instructors use it to develop and design courses. Best of the tutorials and guides on course design have been curated from the internet. Instructors get to see how the same courses they teach are being taught in other colleges, what kind of assignments, reading material other professors are using and sharing. They use the discussion forum to discuss course specific issues or general teaching strategies.
Research: Instructors use it to seek other researchers with similar interests who they can collaborate with. It is also helps them disseminate their research reaching wide audiences.