Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate


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An introduction to the Blackboard Collaborate online web conferencing system being offered at Vancouver Island University.

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  • Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate

    1. 1. Introduction to Collaborate Online Meeting Rooms Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application DeveloperCentre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning Vancouver Island University
    2. 2. Introducing Blackboard Collaborate• Blackboard Collaborate is a web-based video and audio conferencing system which allows real- time communication between instructors and students• Similar in operation to Skype and Google Hangouts however Collaborate is: – Hosted in Canada – Integrated with VIU user accounts – Integrated with Desire2Learn and your class lists
    3. 3. Communicating in the Collaborate EnvironmentYour ears and mouth Sennheiser SC260 headset | CC Logitech USB desktop microphone | CCMacbook Pro | CC Your eyes IMG_2289 | CC
    4. 4. Audio and Video Panel One speaker at a time, controlled by the moderator. Consider the metaphor of the talking stick. Whoever holds the talking stick has within there hands the power of words. Only they can speak while holding the stick, and the other council members must remain silent. 1 Push to talk when the microphone is free Do not forget to press the button again when finished to release the mic1
    5. 5. Roles in the meetingModerator – Moderators have access to all BlackboardCollaborate features, including the ability to grantModerator status to Participants. The person conductinga session, such as the instructor, is generally theModerator.Participant – Participants have restricted access toBlackboard Collaborate features. Students are typicallyParticipants, although Moderators can grant ParticipantsModerator status as well as individual privileges such asspeaking and whiteboard access.
    6. 6. Protocol for online meetings• Just like in the classroom, protocol for how we interact with each other should be made explicit• If you would like to ask a question please click the hand icon in the participants panel• Please indicate if you are away with the away button
    7. 7. Title bar Welcome to Collaborate!Menu bar Audio and video panel Collaboration toolbar Talkbutton Participants panel Chat panel
    8. 8. Participant interaction Indicate you Respond to a have stepped Yes/No away question Apply global Use to restrictions expressemotions Apply individual restrictions Raise your hand to request the microphone
    9. 9. Raising your hand and giving feedback
    10. 10. Launching the Audio Setup Wizard
    11. 11. Audio: Who is talking?
    12. 12. Using video
    13. 13. The chat window One can also send a private chat to any participant in the room by right-clicking theusers name in the participants list and selecting ‘Send a private chat’
    14. 14. Whiteboard The whiteboard is also used as the space to share presentations via the load content button
    15. 15. Application sharing• Allows you to share an application on your desktop with participants
    16. 16. Web tours• Allows you to share a website with participants or allow participants to share websites with the group
    17. 17. Saving session artifacts• File  Save  Chat… (text file)• File  Save  Participants list… (text file)• File  Save  Quiz… (If applicable)• File  Save  Session plan… (If applicable)• File  Save  Whiteboard… (Save as PDF or PNG)
    18. 18. Recording the session• Use screen recording software – CamStudio (Free and open source for Windows only, no post production editing) – Active Presenter (Free for Windows only, with post production editing) – Camtasia Studio ($299 one time license PC/Mac)
    19. 19. Launching a Collaborate Room ‘Online Rooms’ tool now available in D2L DEMOSupport document: D2L_Accessing_Collaborate.pdf
    20. 20. Collaborate Meeting Invitation Weekly discussionFrom: learnsupport@viu.caYou have been invited to attend an online Collaborate meeting: WeeklydiscussionThe meeting is scheduled for the following date and time:Starts: 3/12/2013 10:15:00 AM Canada - VancouverEnds: 3/12/2013 11:15:00 AM Canada - VancouverSession Link: may join the session 15 prior to the start time.To join the meeting, click on the appropriate link above.Ensure your computer has a microphone and speakers to enablespeaking and listening during the meeting
    21. 21. Discussion• How do you imagine using Collaborate in your courses?• What questions or concerns do you have?• Not using D2L? Please get in touch with me to arrange a room
    22. 22. For more help• Blackboard On-Demand Learning Resources• Moderators Guide
    23. 23. Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application Developer Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning Follow me: Blog: Presentations: work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License. To view a copy of this license, visit