Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
What is it?
Blackboard Collaborate is a collaborative web conferencing platform that can be used for large and small group meetings and collaborative projects, office hours, class and guest presentations between remote presenters, and lectures or orientations with real time Q&A. Up to 250 people can be attendance. The session can stream audio and webcam video from up to six people at once if all have USB headsets and high speed Internet connections. Slides and images import quickly to the shared whiteboard. Two-way desktop sharing allows remote participants to view, and request to interact with, presented content. Sessions can be recorded and playback links posted in a course or web page.
How do I get access?
Schools, departments, and program managers can request a departmental meeting account. Staff should contact their manager to obtain session access. Request an occasional Collaborate session through the Ask a Librarian service with at least 48 hours' notice.
To request a departmental scheduling account, use this form: http://tinyurl.com/CollaborateAdmin
Course managers and instructors have 24/7 access to sessions from inside active courses. While a 24/7 meeting room, separate 24/7 instructor room and session scheduling tool is now available by default from the Course Tools menu, course managers and instructors need to request installation of a Collaborate Sessions access button and two short instructional modules.
If Collaborate is needed Winter quarter, or master course shells any other quarter, instructors and course managers use this form: http://tinyurl.com/requestbutton
Who do I contact if I have problems?
If you are having problems with Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing
Sue Wolff or Matt Lechner, or Ask
a Librarian. For other technical problems, visit the CityU
24/7 Help Desk or call 866-379-0288 to get help over the phone. Blackboard Collaborate also offers 24/7 toll free support at 877-382-2293.
Where can I learn more?
Blackboard Collaborate is a robust tool that requires advance training and support for administrative staff. Request web conference training through a phone call to the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at 4562, email LRC@cityu.edu, or use the Ask a Librarian service. A member of the Academic Technology team will follow up within 48 hours to discuss the simple software installation, audio equipment issues, and learning resources available to you and your participants.
Even experienced web conferencing moderators must ensure their operating system updates are current, Java is current and enabled, and that their security suites allow Java and associated .jnlp files. Perform this quick system check all the way through Step Two which launches a test session to configure audio. Then review the recorded Moderator Orientation. Most participants will be successful after the system check and viewing the recorded Participant Orientation.
For all conference administrators and moderators who schedule sessions, the Academic Technology team provides personal, interactive training on an as-needed basis, usually within a week of request. The one-hour required training takes place online in Collaborate.
A drop-in, unstaffed Collaborate practice session is always open for any CityU faculty, staff or students. Students inquire of instructors or email LRC@cityu.edu.
Need more help? Ask a Librarian!