Learn@Illinois Moodle - Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a tool that allows for students and instructors to use audio, video, chat, and file sharing (PowerPoint, whiteboard, web-tours) to hold live online meetings, lectures, and discussions.

Examples of Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

  • Virtual office hours
  • Online lecture and discussion sessions
  • Individual meetings with students for projects
  • Student group meetings

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I record my sessions?
    Yes! Check out this page from Blackboard Collaborate: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Get_Started/Record_Sessions.
  2. How do I add a session to my Moodle course?
    Follow the directions here: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Schedule_a_Meeting/Schedule_Sessions_in_Moodlerooms
  3. Can my session be graded?
    Yes. However, you will need to take attendance/participation for the session and update scores manually.
  4. How can I assure that the person I am meeting with is the student enrolled in my fully online course?
    You can use this in conjunction with the I-Card Photo Block to verify student identity in online courses.

Best Practices

  • Communicate dates in a way that is easy to maintain
    • Rarely use hard due dates (e.g. September 22, 2017) - opt for relative dates (e.g. Tuesday of Week 1) whenever possible
    • Use the year when typing hard due dates so that if it does not get updated, it will be clear that this is the wrong date.
    • When you would like to collect submissions at midnight, consider using 11:55pm instead. Students are often confused when something is due on Monday at midnight, but the system says that it is due on Tuesday at 12:00am.
  • Provide students with the Collaborate Ultra session in advance of the first meeting to allow them time to set up audio and video.
  • For fully online courses, make it clear in the course explorer whether live sessions are required.

Links to Blackboard Collaborate Documentation

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Keywords:lecture, office hours, synchronous, chat, meetings, live session, virtual classroom   Doc ID:71103
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-02-27 14:40 CSTUpdated:2017-12-08 14:25 CST
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