Learn@Illinois Moodle - Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Activity (Updated)
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.
For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleCollaborateUltraNew
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
- How do I add a session to my Moodle course?
See our Creating a Single Session in Collaborate Ultra page.
- Can I record my sessions?
Yes! Check out the Record Sessions page from Blackboard Help.
- 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.
- Can my session be graded?
The sessions are not automatically graded. However, there is a new "View reports" feature in the Collaborate Ultra interface that allows you to see who entered the session and for how long. This information must be manually translated into a manual grade item or entered into the Collaborate Ultra session grade as an override.
- 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.