Web conferencing and collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing and collaboration tool that can be scheduled and managed from within the University’s Learning Management System (LMS). The tool enables engagement, discussion, collaboration and interactivity between participants who are not physically co-located.

Uses include:

  • Teaching and/or facilitating group activities with off-campus participants
  • Conducting webinars
  • Guest lecture presentations
  • Running meetings
  • Providing a virtual office session time for student queries

Users can participate using mobile devices with the Collaborate app

Web Conferencing interface

The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing interface consists of the following areas:

Web Conferencing interface

The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing interface consists of the following main areas (moderator view):

Diagram of the Web conferencing interface

Web conferencing interface

  1. The Menu bar, containing the File, Edit, View, Tools, Windows and Help menus.
  2. The Audio & Video panel, enabling you to participate in conversations either using a microphone and speakers (or headset) or via a teleconference. You also can transmit and receive video during the session, and preview your video before transmitting it.
  3. The Participants panel, providing a list of all Participants and Moderators in the session. Above the Participants list is a small toolbar containing buttons for participants to raise their hands or step away from the session, along with menus for selecting polling responses and Yes/No feedback options.
  4. The Chat panel, enabling you to send Chat messages to everyone in the room or to Moderators only – you can also select individuals and send private Chat messages to individual students or moderators.
  5. The Main toolbar contains three buttons for switching between the three content modes (Whiteboard presentation area, Application Sharing to view items on the moderator’s computer desktop and Web Tour for showing external sites). It also contains an Information menu for obtaining session information, and starting the Timer, a Load Content button for loading content into the session and the session Record button.
  6. The Content area is the main presentation window, which is used to load presentations.

Want to use Collaborate?

Contact the Sydney eLearning helpdesk to get you set up with the tool. There are also regular workshops advertised on CareerPath to get you started, so please register for an introductory workshop. Support resources can be found at Collaborate Support