Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing application from Elluminate and Wimba that can be used to create an in real time online class room. It is equipped with voice-over IP, talking head, application sharing, PowerPoint, video, web tours, closed captioning and more. Sessions can be recorded and archived so that students can access tutorials as needed.
Prior to accessing a blackboard session you will need to make sure your computer supports it.
- Go to www.elluminate.com
- On the top right of the page select the “support” menu
- From the pulldown menu, select “support for blackboard collaborate.”
- From here click on For First-time Users: Getting Started
- Click on Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
- Scroll down to the first link under step one entitled system requirements for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing. This link will check to make sure your system supports blackboard. You may have to download java in order make it run on your system.
Now that you know your computer can support blackboard you can join your virtual online classroom. To do this log into Moodle.
- From your Moodle homepage click on the course of choice.
- From the course homepage you’ll locate the collaborate session and select the name of the session. On this page you will see the start and end date as well as the time of the collaborate session as well as any other instruction or details your professor might have provided.
- At this point you will select the Join Session link.
- If there isn’t a join session link check the date and time of the session to ensure that the session hasn’t ended and that you haven’t selected the wrong one.
- If you are at the correct session and it hasn’t yet stated you may just be early. A 15 minute boundary time is the default setting for collaborate, although an instructor may choose to change it. This boundary time allows students to configure audio etc... before the session begins.
- You will be prompted to download a java web start application. Select trust, run and/or okay to pop ups in order to download and run.
Once your session is over the instructor has the opportunity to save the recording of the entire session, hopefully they ran audio :) You can refer back to blackboard sessions by going to the course homepage on Moodle. On the right hand side under Activities click Blackboard Collaborate Sessions. This will bring you to a list of all the recordings and you can choose which one to review.