Best Practice when using Blackboard Collaborate

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Blackboard Collaborate has a 250 attendee limit. If you wish to use Blackboard Collaborate with more than 250 attendees view our guide.


Here is an example two slide Powerpoint file that could be used as a holding slide for attendees to view whilst they wait for a session to begin.

Here is an example animated gif you could load when a session opens to explain the Collaborate user interface to participants.

Based on staff experiences and pedagogic good practice we are building a selection of “Lesson Recipes” to help to facilitate learning activities with your students.

The content below is a slightly contextualised version of an excellent blog post by Lloyd Stock which on the Blackboard Community site.  Since that site in not publicly accessible this very useful content is copied and slightly edited for context below.  As we develop further experience at UoS we will provide relevant local examples of good practice.

Blackboard Collaborate permits text chat, polling and many other levels of functionality that translate to a more engaging participant experience.
Having set the expectation for increased engagement, it is important to know how to manage those expectations.
This post provides best practice advice as it pertains to webinars. All the suggestions should be weighed based on the discrete nuances of your objectives for each and every webinar.

This post focuses on best practice with a view to ensuring your webinars are engaging. It therefore mainly focuses on the ‘opportunity’ provided with Blackboard Collaborate. It is not designed to cover areas of ‘risk’ or bad practice, which are generally applicable to all use cases including webcasts, tutorials, office hours etc. As such the following are not dealt with in here or not in any detail:

  • The learning that takes place before and after the webinar
  • Technology problems and service outages
  • Contingency planning for presenters who cannot attend for personal reasons
  • Classroom management challenges
  • Content Best Practices