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What is Collaborate?

Blackboard Collaborate can host virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces to offer more opportunities to engage multiple learning styles while you improve your teaching and learning outcomes.

  • Available as a tool in every Blackboard course or orginization!
  • Live web conferencing sharing slides, applications (Excel, Word, ect...) and webpages
  • Live office hours with video
  • Pre-recorded lectures (flipping the classroom concept)

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Overview of Blackboard Collaborate

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Blackboard Collaborate in Action

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Collaborate at USD

Collaborate is rapidly being adopted by many entities on campus. 

  • Instructors who need to travel or be away from campus can still conduct a class session at the regularly scheduled time ... virtually!
  • Others have found that pre-recording their lectures in conjunction with their PowerPoint slides offers their students an effective supplemental resource on-demand. 
  • Live Classroom is also being used for virtual meetings for time-strapped committees on campus.
  • Language instructors are finding that Collaborate Voiceboard can significantly enhance learning of new languages. 
  • Students have responded positively to the availability of virtual office hours that are being offered by some instructors.
  • Student feedback has been positive about Pronto and the ease with which it allows them to connect to their classmates quickly.

Why do I want it?

Collaborate allows you to …

  • Offer virtual office hours, eliminating extra travel and supports USD’s Be Blue Go Green initiative!
  • Conduct a live class session even if you are on travel.
  • Pre-record lectures and make them available via a link.
  • Podcast simply and easily from within your Blackbaord course.
  • Expose your students to tools they will be using in the business world.
  • Keep your students connected even when they are not in the classroom.
  • Participants can join froma Mobile Device (iPhone/iPad)

How Do I get it?

  • That’s the easy part!  If you have a Blackboard course you already have access to all the Collaborate products.

    • Attend a brief training session
    • Add a Collaborate session to your course!

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Collaborate Session Pre-work