Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard

Blackboard Collaborate is a system that allows participants to collaborate with each other online. It has been designed with educational uses in mind and has a multitude of features including:

  • Audio-conferencing
  • Real-time polling and quizzes (including multiple choice questions)
  • Application sharing (allowing applications on one computer to be seen by all participants)
  • Text chatting (instant messaging)
  • File transfer
  • Whiteboard (a shared space that everyone can see, allowing attendees to e.g. draw/write on and import graphics, photos and PowerPoint files)
  • Shared web browsing – called “web tour” (allowing attendees to follow one person as they browse the web)
  • Break-out rooms (for small group discussions and collaboration)
  • Recording of sessions (allowing playback at a later time) and capturing of content generated in a session e.g. text chat and Whiteboard.  

In addition, Blackboard Collaborate incorporates management functions to support those running a Blackboard Collaborate session. The most important is the division into two types of users:

  1. Moderators - have access to all the functions and features of Blackboard Collaborate and can assign and withdraw “rights” of participants e.g. the ability to speak. There can be multiple moderators who can “upgrade” participants to moderator status – allowing them access to a greater range of features.
  2. Participants - typically make up the bulk of the users of a Blackboard Collaborate session and have reduced access to the features of Blackboard Collaborate.

Note:
The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher for Windows and Mac must be downloaded and installed to join or playback a Blackboard Collaborate session. It is a utility for Windows and Mac and provides a way to launch your Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings. When you click to join a session or open a recording link, Blackboard Collaborate checks to see if you have the launcher installed. If you do not, Blackboard Collaborate prompts you to download it.

Blackboard resources available include:

  1. Blackboard Help provides documentation for Blackboard Collaborate
  2. Schedule Blackboard Collaborate sessions in Blackboard

Blackboard Collaborate Student Guide for Blackboard

The procedure for instructors that want to use Blackboard Collaborate in their Blackboard courses is as follows:

  1. Instructors can include the Download and Install Blackboard Collaborate for Blackboard knowledge base article link to include in their course. This is a knowledge base article that provides instructions for students to follow to download and install the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher, Join a Blackboard Collaborate Session, and run the Audio Setup Wizard.
  2. Faculty members that have been using the Blackboard Collaborate Course Module in the past should update to the knowledge base article link for new courses. Teaching and Learning with Technology will continue to update the Download and Install Blackboard Collaborate for Blackboard knowledge base article, this will keep the information continually updated in Blackboard for students.

For additional support, please contact the Technology Service Desk.

External Links:

  1. Blackboard Help provides documentation for Blackboard Collaborate: http://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/v12
  2. Schedule Blackboard Collaborate sessions in Blackboard: http://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/v12/Moderator/050_Schedule_Sessions/Blackboard_Learn
  3. Download and Install Blackboard Collaborate for Blackboard: https://servicecenter.twu.edu/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=15488

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Article ID: 15489
Created
Mon 8/1/16 10:27 AM
Modified
Tue 9/26/17 12:27 PM