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Blackboard Collaborate Classic Resources for Faculty

Blackboard Collaborate Classic is a web-conferencing system that allows for syncronous (live) meeting sessions with students, faculty, staff, guest speakers, or external parties. It can be used inside of D2L or in a standalone account.

What are Options for Using Blackboard Collaborate Classic?

  • Course Orientations
  • Weekly meetings with students in hybrid courses
  • Optional meetings with students in traditional courses
  • Common meeting room for student study (not monitored by instructor)
  • Small group rooms for students to meet synchronously to discuss projects
  • Tutoring sessions provided by instructor, staff members, and/or other students
  • Advising sessions/Office meetings with students or other colleagues
  • Recording of video demonstration (using the whiteboard) to be reviewed by students asynchronously

What Type of Interactivity is Possible with Blackboard Collaborate Classic?

  • Instructors can use the backgrounds and clipart to create ice breaker activities for students
  • Instructors can use the whiteboard and pen features to work/solve problems (teacher-student or student-student)
  • Students/Instructors can use shapes to create diagrams to convey messages or complex processes.
  • Create (either in Blackboard Collaborate or PowerPoint) polling (yes/no) or multiple choice questions. Students can use the polling options in the participant panel to answer questions.
  • Create breakout rooms to randomly or strategically partner students. Each group will have their own whiteboard and chat area. After completion of group work, the instructor can copy the group whiteboards back to the main board to review as a class
  • Instructors can allow students to use video, text chat, and voice chat to ask questions, make comments, etc.
  • Students can use the hand-raise feature to maximize usage of classroom time and organization.
  • Instructors can provide guest speakers (who are not enrolled in the course) a link to enter and participate in the session.
  • Instructors can grant students special permissions to share content and present to the class.
  • Instructors/Students can share their screen to demo special software/files
  • Instructors/Students can share websites via a virtual tour

What Should be Considered Before Using Blackboard Collaborate Classic?

  • It is advised that instructors and students (who will be speaking during the session) use a headset/microphone. It is advised to pull the headset in BEFORE opening the session. If faculty/students will be using video, they will need a built-in or external webcam.
  • Instructors and Students should complete the audio setup wizard as soon as they enter the session to ensure that their microphone and speakers are functioning appropriately. It is advised to start the session 5-10 minutes early to allow time for students to enter the room and complete the audio setup wizard.
  • Instructors should post a notice on the whiteboard as students enter the session providing instructions of how to complete the audio setup wizard as well as how to use the talk and chat function. (The instructor can create this as the first slide in their PowerPoint. An example for copy is located below).
  • Instructors and students will be prompted to download the Blackboard Collaborate launcher the first time they open a session on a computer. Instructors will need to download this the first time they use Blackboard Collaborate on their home or office computers. Students will need to download the launcher on their home computers. If students are using a lab computer on-campus, they will NOT need to download the launcher (it is already installed). They will, however, need to use as headset to avoid distracting others. After the launcher has been installed, future session will open with the software (it does NOT need to be downloaded every time.)

Using Blackboard Collaborate Classic on a Mobile Device?

Faculty Training Videos (for Blackboard Collaborate Classic inside of D2L):



Faculty: Suggested Opener Slide for Blackboard Collaborate Classic Sessions:

  • It is suggested that faculty place a welcome message at the beginning of their session. This message should remind students to complete the audio/setup wizard as well as test their talk and chat functionality. Below is a copy of a PowerPoint slide that the faculty member can download and copy/paste into the front of the slides that they upload into the session. It is suggested for faculty to arrive to the session early and post this as students enter the room.

How can Blackboard Collaborate Classic be used outside of D2L?

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