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  • Rebecca Waldo EDTE 350
  •  Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) is an online conferencing tool available in Blackboard.  The session is set up by an instructor, presenter or other moderator and students/participants can log in through Blackboard, dial-in, or access the session via URL link.
  •  Once logged in, the participant can communicate with the moderator and/or other participants via type-chat, microphone, and video.  The session can be recorded and viewed in a variety of formats after the session for anyone that couldn’t attend the live version.
  • The program opens to a window like the one above. Everything is laid out in plain view. As the moderator, you have access to more tools and presentation options.
  •  Their website has many tutorials and videos: http:// www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Services/On-D  The following is a video tutorial for Blackboard Collaborate participants: http:// www.brainshark.com/blackboardinc/vu?pi=zGLzYw5XBz35
  •  For the most part, Blackboard Collaborate is used at colleges using the Blackboard LMS.  Instructors use the program for weekly meetings, study sessions, and individual tutoring.
  •  For tutoring and general Q&A sessions, most moderators use the main screen.  There are options to load PowerPoint Presentations, view documents, and even open up web pages.  The moderator can withhold options from participants during these times.
  •  I have used it in lecture settings for online courses, presenting to students and clarifying difficult topics.  In addition, I have used the program to run professional development sessions for remote instructors.This collaboration connects people who may normally feel isolated.
  •  Blackboard Collaborate is an extremely useful tool in distance learning.  It connects faculty to faculty, students to faculty and students to students.  The program has become increasingly intuitive, which is great for adult learners who may have trouble with new technology.
  •  The biggest weakness, that I have seen, is the program’s large bandwidth needs. This causes many people to become disconnected during the sessions.  The need to download each individual session can also cause problems.  Not having the right version of Firefox or Java can also hinder the process.
  •  Even with some of the technology issues, I think this program is invaluable to distance learning.  6 out of 7 of our instructors use the program for weekly lectures.  Once our students are counseled on troubleshooting, there are rarely repeat issues.
  •  Blackboard’s On-Demand website: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collab orate/Services/On-Demand-Learning- Center/Web- Conferencing.aspx#documentation  Blackboard training video: http://www.brainshark.com/blackboardinc/vu ?pi=zGLzYw5XBz35Sgz0  Image from one of my sessions.