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Session Best Practices

Prepare for your session with these easy steps.

Schedule a meeting. Send your participants what they need to attend your session. To learn more, see Schedule a Meeting.

Check your audio, video, and application sharing. To learn more, see Get Started.

Prep your materials. Upload files and arrange the windows. The first time you share your application screen, your browser may require you to install the Desktop Sharing extension. To learn more, see Application Sharing Support for Chrome or Application Sharing Support for Firefox.

Determine audience participation. Use your personal and session settings to set how you want to interact with participants during your session. To learn more, see Monitor Participants.

Ready. Set. Teach.

Just because you are not physically in the same room with your students doesn't mean that your lecture should be drab.

Allow early arrivers. Let your participants join the session early. This gives new participants a chance to get familiar with the room and what they can and can't do. Join the session early yourself and practice using the tools.

Introduce yourself. Don't assume that your participants recognize your voice. State your name the first few times you speak. Let them get to know you.

Introduce guests speakers. You can invite a guest speaker or encourage group collaboration in your course by promoting any participant to be a presenter or a moderator. Presenters are allowed to share their screens and upload images or PowerPoint® files, but cannot modify other users’ permissions the way a moderator can.

Highlight key points in your presentation. Move through PowerPoint presentations using the arrows available. Use the annotation tools on the whiteboard or in presentations to add text, pointers, or different shapes.

Include Q&A. Encourage participants to ask questions. As more participants speak, the Ultra experience of Blackboard Collaborate automatically follows-the-leader, displaying the name of the current speaker on the screen.

Mute yourself when not speaking. Nothing is more distracting than hearing outside sounds like typing or a side conversation.

Make eye contact. If you are sharing your video, look at the camera and not the session. It may feel weird but it helps participants feel more like they are a part of the session and less isolated.

Explore the pages in this section to learn more about conducting your session.