Blackboard Collaborate is a useful technology that allows teachers to hold class sessions, office hours, and so much more all online, all within Blackboard. All you need to do is create a new session and allow your students to join. You can show PowerPoints, videos, notes, among other things during the session. It allows for text chat, video chat, and audio chat as well. If you would like to integrate Collaborate into your Blackboard, check out this free training that Blackboard offers for it online:
Once you get started with that, Blackboard has a myriad of other resources for faculty and professors to access and learn about the intricacies of Collaborate. Here are some listed in the link below.
Once you’ve trained on it and added Collaborate to your tool bar in Blackboard, you can create a session. Creating a session is simple, if you follow the directions and you can choose different settings to fit your preferences. When the session is created and students go to access it, they are prompted to download a launcher, which may look something like this:
If they are a first time user, they should download and install the launcher. However, if they have done that previously, there is a line underneath that reads “Already installed the launcher? Launch Blackboard Collaborate now.” Non-first time users should click that to prompt the start of the session. The session may take a few moments to load since it so large in nature. After a few moments you and your students will be engaged in a Blackboard Collaborate session!
Here is tutorial from Blackboard on how to install the launcher on your computer.
While this post is not an exhaustive and comprehensive look at all the features of Blackboard Collaborate, the PDF at the end of the post should shed more light on everything. Take a look and explore the world of web conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate!