Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing and collaboration tool that allows you to teach using a remote access classroom with virtual presentations and whiteboard, audio and video functionality.

Colaborate interface

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

  • The Menu bar, containing the File, Edit, View, Tools, Windows and Help menus.
  • The Audio and 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.
  • 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 feedback options.
  • The Chat panel, enabling you to send Chat messages to everyone in the room or to Moderators only - you can select individuals and send private Chat messages to individual students or moderators.
  • The Main toolbar contains three buttons for switching between the three content modes (Whiteboard, Application Sharing and Web Tour), an Information menu for obtaining session information, and starting the Timer, a Load Content button for loading content into the session and the Record button.
  • The Content area is the main presentation window, which is used to load presentations.

Collaborate setup in the LMS

Contact the Sydney eLearning helpdesk to help you set up the initial Collaborate room in your LMS website. Your website will need to be upgraded to Collaborate before you can use the tool.

Collaborate can be used to:

  • communicate with rural and remote students
  • introduce guest lecturers or external professionals
  • run group scenarios in 'breakout' rooms
  • run a virtual office online