|Blackboard Collaborate has a 250 attendee limit. If you wish to use Blackboard Collaborate with more than 250 attendees view our guide.|
We’re still getting the documentation ready for you
Blackboard Collaborate is a new and exciting set of features and functionality that we are introducing MUCH sooner and more rapidly than originally planned. Please be patient that the documentation may not be as complete and thorough as you are used to with our typical Blackboard online guidance.
Video blog introduction
This video blog was created a few days before Collaborate was made live and was notified to members of the Blackboard-users mailing list.
The video description on YouTube has shortcuts to parts of the video that cover different features and aspects of Blackboard Collaborate.
Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool integrated into every Blackboard course that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate opens right in your Chrome or Firefox browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. It will work on phones and tablets without needing an additional app. Find out more in this guide.
The university has a number of tools for online communication and collaboration such as Panopto, Blackboard Collaborate, and Microsoft Teams.
We will endeavour to produce guidance based on different scenarios such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, vivas, presentations, and inteviews and illustrate which tool works best for each context.
We have prepared guidance on best practices for running Blackboard Collaborate sessions based on feedback from other institutions and experts.
As colleagues build their own experiences at UoS we will continue to update this area with all the lessons we learn as an institution.
Which technologies (such as browsers and operating systems) and what equipment (such as microphones and headsets) works best with Blackboard Collaborate?
We have collated the questions most frequently asked by UoS colleagues about Blackboard Collaborate and have compiled this useful list.
If you already have a question, you may find the answer here.
We added a Collaborate link to the menu of every Blackboard course where possible. We understand if you do not want to have this menu item. This guide explains how you can remove it from your course in seconds.
Blackboard Collaborate is a new service that we introduced in a very condensed time-frame. As such there may be teething problems that would normally have been addressed during a pilot phase.
Whatever the issue facing you, please review these steps that should resolve most issues.
How do you kick off a session on Blackboard Collaborate? It could be a the built-in “Course Room” or a session you have created for a specific purpose.
This guide takes you through what happens when you join a session.
While a “Course Room” is created automatically for every Blackboard course, it is likely you will wish to create sessions to suit different purposes. This guide takes you through the process.
Moderator, presenter, participant, what do these roles mean and what can they do? How can I invite guests from outside the University of just outside of the course?
During a Blackboard Collaborate session, moderators and presenters may open a white board and draw over it. They may also use the drawing tools to draw over a presentation or other shared file.
Moderators may record their Blackboard Collaborate session and, if they wish, make that recording available to participants.
The University has limited capacity to store recordings, so in general we recommend hosting recordings on Panopto and then deleting them from Blackboard Collaborate.
Blackboard Collaborate was designed with accessibility in mind. Follow this link to review the vendor’s latest guidance on using tools such as screen-readers with Blackboard Collaborate.
The Collaborate User Inteface is minimal and easy to get to grips with. A tutorial even starts when you use it for the first time. If you should ever need a reminder this guide covers the basics of the Blackboard Collaborate User Interface.
During a Blackboard Collaborate session, moderators and presenters may share content so that they other participants may see it.
This could be sharing your screen, sharing a browser tab, or sharing a presentation or file.
During a Blackboard Collaborate session participants may enter messages in a chat or share their sentiment about the session such as agreeing or asking the presenter to slow down for example.
You can also set polls to ask for opinions, these are covered in a separate guide.
During a Blackboard Collaborate session it is quick and easy to create an impromptu poll. You may use this, for example, to ask participants to make a choice, to indicate an opinion, or as a test of knowledge.
During a Blackboard Collaborate session, moderators may assign participants into breakout groups, allowing those groups a temporary collaborate area where they can work together before rejoining the main group.
After the completion of a Blackboard Collaborate session you may wish to review who joined the session. You may generate a report on attendance of a Blackboard Collaborate session.
Collaborate looks awesome. Everyone is talking about it. But you don’t use Blackboard and you want to use Blackboard Collaborate. What to do? We have an idea!
There may be times when you can’t use a computer or mobile device but you want to join a Collaborate session. You can dial in with an old fashioned phone, or even make a call on your mobile. It will cost you to do so however, so check with the person who pays the bill before you pick up the phone.