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I've never used Collaborate before... How do i get started.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing/webinar platform designed for use in online teaching. In a Collaborate virtual classroom, you can present Powerpoint slides, share your screen and write on a whiteboard. You can even split your class into groups for breakout sessions.


Within the Blackboard system, Collaborate ultra is a 'tool' and can be found in the course tools area of the Blackboard site of each module you teach.


Below are an overview diagram* of the Blackboard Collaborate environment, a template email that you can use to send to your students to help them access your Collaborate classroom and a single 'holding' Powerpoint slide that you can use at the start of a session.


*NOTE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A HIGHER RESOLUTION COPY OF THE OVERVIEW DIAGRAM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS WEB PAGE


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A high resolution version can be downloaded below in the Tool Kit

Template joining email from you

Dear (Participant/Student)


This is just a quick note about joining my online classroom. Please join via the relevant Blackboard site. Click on the link called


[INSERT NAME OF LINK IN THE BLACKBOARD SITE NAVIGATION PANEL]


* Ensuring a good experience *
The webinar will take place in a Blackboard Collaborate™ virtual classroom. You will need to make sure you have a good internet connection, your computer speakers are turned on or headphones are plugged in as audio will be via VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). A bit like skype.

* Browser based *
The webinar will be hosted in a browser window (no additional software needed). We recommend using Chrome™ for the best experience. Please check you have the latest version if not you may need to update it.

* Join Early *
If you can, join a session early and get to know your way around. You can then also set up your audio and video.

* Learn More *
Follow these links to learn more:


Where to find and join a Collaborate session Student?

How to participate in Sessions in Collaborate?


If you have any further questions about this webinar, the webinar series, or Blackboard in general, please send me an email and I will try my best to help.


Best wishes


(Lecturer)


NOTE: A word version of this template email can be downloaded below in the Tool Kit

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The overview diagram, template email and 'holding' slide can all be downloaded below in the Tool Kit