Using Collaborate Successfully
Using Collaborate Successfully
Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing that offers you an interactive experience through your computer, tablet, or mobile device anywhere, anytime. A fully interactive web conferencing environment and asynchronous voice authoring capabilities allow for greater engagement so that you're not missing a thing.
- Watch "Navigating Inside a Collaborate Session" to experience a brief tour of the interface.
- Watch the Introduction to Collaborate webinar recording.
- Test your mic, your webcam, and test your wi-fi speed.
- Having audio issues? Use your phone for audio.
1. Hold a Live Class Remotely
- Download Quick Start Guide for Collaborate for step-by-step instructions. The guide also includes tips for running a great live session.
- Watch How to create a Collaborate session.
- Watch How to join a Collaborate session via guest link.
- Record your live classes for students who are unable to attend. Please be as flexible as possible with attendance and participation policies.
- Reach out to students who miss a live class. The students might be experiencing technical difficulties or limited access to technology hardware.
- Keep track of students using the Attendance Reporting for Collaborate.
2. Use Breakout Groups for Small Group Work
To facilitate collaboration during a live session, use Breakout Groups in Collaborate. Breakout Groups are separate areas off the main room. You can assign attendees to a group where they can complete collaborative activities. Breakout Groups have their own private audio, video, whiteboard, application sharing, and chat. Breakout Groups cannot be recorded.
- Get started with Breakout Groups by watching a video from Blackboard.
- See how students can share files in the Breakout room.
- Learn more about Breakout Groups with step-by-step instructions.
3. Try Collaborate Polling with Your Class
- Poll your class during a discussion or lecture in a live session.
- Create a multiple-choice or yes/no poll.
- Show the poll responses to students.
- Learn more about poll for Collaborate live sessions from Blackboard.
4. Record Your Lecture
Use Collaborate to record your lecture.
- Be authentic. Students don't mind if you make a mistake or flub a few words. Students don't care if you have bad hair. They are interested in the authentic, passionate you. If you make a mistake, move on and continue with the recording. Don't spend a lot of time editing the video.
- Upload and share your PowerPoint or PDF files to Collaborate.
- Watch a video about sharing files in Collaborate.
- Start a recording.
- Share your recording with students through a link.
4. Set Up Your Office Hours and/or Set Up Sessions for Group Work
- Watch how to create a Session.
- Learn about Session settings.
- Communicate a schedule with students.
- Explain to students how to access sessions.
5. View Collaborate Reports
After you finish with your Collaborate session, you can download a quick report of who was in attendance and how long they were able to attend.
- In Collaborate, click on the circle with the three buttons, which is to the right of the session name.
- Select View Reports from the drop down menu.
- Click on View Reports.
- The report can be downloaded as a CSV file.
6. Plan for Bandwidth Limitations
To conserve bandwidth and increase the strength of your Collaborate live sessions with students, the following tips may make the connection better:
- Turn off all webcams.
- Turn off student audio. Students can use the chat window to ask questions.
- Upload PPT file to Blackboard and ask students to download, open and follow along without screen sharing.
- Break class into groups. Each group would meet live at a different time and day.
- Keep lecture to 20 mins. recordings.
- Create a script in the PowerPoint Notes. Printing ‘Notes pages’ to PDF allows students to read your notes and see the image at the same time.
- Use Discussions forums in place of in-class discussions. Ask the students to initially post on Weds/Thur and then reply to their peers at least three times.