Collaboration tools allow users to participate in real-time lessons and discussions. Examples of these sessions include real-time, online classroom discussions, guest speaker led sessions, teaching assistant sessions, and live question-and-answer sessions. You can create recordings of sessions and make them available for review.
The Java 2 Run Time Environment is required to use the Blackboard Learn collaboration tools. The plug-in may be downloaded from the page that appears when a user joins a collaboration session, or may be found at http://java.sun.com/products/plugin/index.html.
Take care to uninstall any existing Java plug-ins before installing a new version.
To open the Collaboration Sessions page, click Collaboration on the course menu or from the Control Panel.
The following table describes the available functions.
|Filter the sessions listed on the page||The arrow next to the drop-down list and select the type of session to display. Click Filter. The filters include: |
|Search for a session||The Session Name, Start Date, or End Date option and then enter a value in the field. Click Search.|
|Enter a session||Join from the session's contextual menu.|
|Access the recording for a session||Recording from the contextual menu.|
|Add a new collaboration session||Create Collaboration Session|
There are two roles available for users in collaboration sessions, passive and active. The session moderator controls user access and functions during a collaboration session by assigning passive or active roles. For example, session moderators determine which users can chat, send private messages, or ask questions during a session by assigning specific access rights to the different roles. The student icon will appear in the Role column next to those students who are designated as active.
Student roles can change throughout the collaboration session. Those who are currently set to passive, but would like active rights can signal the session moderator by clicking the hand icon. The moderator can then make that user active.
Be aware that for any browser supporting pop-up window blocking, it must be disabled or your institution's website made a trusted site for the collaboration tool to work properly.
An accessible version of the collaboration tool is available.
A link to this version appears when Join is selected on the Collaboration Sessions page. This link will open the accessible version of the collaboration tool. Links to items that appear in the virtual classroom, such as items in the course menu and group browser, will appear in this version. Documents created on the whiteboard may be viewed if the session moderator takes a snapshot. A link will be created to the snapshot for users to view.
The sound of a door opening or closing is audible to all participants whenever a user enters or leaves a session through the accessible version.