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

Select Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

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. How do I add a session to my Moodle course?
    See our Creating a Single Session in Collaborate Ultra page.
  2. Can I record my sessions? 
    Yes! Check out the Record Sessions page from Blackboard Help.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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.

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Keywords:lecture, office hours, synchronous, chat, meetings, live session, virtual classroom   Doc ID:88907
Owner:Natalie L.Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2019-01-08 15:38 CSTUpdated:2019-01-09 16:18 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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