Blackboard Collaborate incorporates many features and tools that can be used by the moderator/instructor in a grouping of easy to access menus.
The Session Menu includes links to start recording your session, using your phone for audio, helping you navigate through Collaborate through the “Tell me about Collaborate” link, and leaving your session. Click on the Session Menu toggle button ( ) at anytime to open and close the Session menu.
To record, open the Session menu and select Start Recording. The recording camera appears on with a red dot while recording is in progress.
To finish recording, open the Session menu and select Stop Recording.
You can also view reports from the list of sessions in Blackboard Collaborate.
- Find the session you want to see a report on, and select the Sessions options menu ().
- Select View reports.
The Collaborate Panel allows you to control your settings, share content, view the attendees list, and view the chat box.
Audio and Video Setup
Before each session, be sure to check your audio and video settings. To set up your camera and microphone, select the My Settings icon ( ) in the Collaborate Panel. Under Audio and Video Settings, choose Set up your camera and microphone.
There is a two step process to setup your audio and video.
When you complete the setup, Collaborate will alert you that your microphone and camera are ready but still turned off (the off being noted by a / through the microphone and video icons as shown on the following image). When you are ready to run your microphone and video on, use the Mini Menu controls to click on the microphone or video to turn on.
The Share Content tools allows you to share a whiteboard, share applications, share files, conduct polls, and create breakout groups. Moderators and Presenters can share PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, and images in GIF, JPEG, and PNG formats.
You can also choose to allow attendees to mark up your shared filed during a session in Session Settings – go to My Settings and then Session Settings to make your choice. For more information on sharing content, please access the Blackboard Collaborate Help page on Sharing Content.
To access the Share Content Menu, click on the Share Content icon () in the Collaborate Panel to bring up the Share Content Menu.
The Attendees List allows you to see who is participating in your session. With a quick glance, you can see the role of each attendee, attendees with raise hands, attendee status or feedback, and attendees with their microphone turned on.
The Attendees list is located in the Collaborate Panel by clicking the Attendees List icon (). Point to an attendee to view more information. The moderator controls are next to each attendee’s name in order to promote them, mute them, or remove them. Attendees can raise their hands () at anytime during your session. You can choose to call on them or close the notification and call on them later.
The chat tool allows you to communicate with your students via text. The chat tool is located in the Collaborate Panel by clicking .
The chat room has a general chat open to everyone as well as a private chat function, if the moderator makes it available to students. See Blackboard Collaborate video for more information on private chat features.
The Media Space in Collaborate is where the content of the session is being displayed. The content you share is automatically the main focal point of your screen.
Tools that appear in the Media Space area directly related to what is happening in the session at the moment. In the following image example, the Text/Draw tools appear since the whiteboard is the content type being shared.