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Being Mindful of Student Bandwidth Usage: 5 Quick Collaborate Tips

Internet bandwidth is a hot commodity right now as anyone who can is working and/or learning remotely. As a result, many web conferencing tools, including Blackboard Collaborate, are experiencing issues with lagging and poor connections. Adding to this, many students do not have high-speed Internet connections and even some high-speed providers may be experiencing high[…]

Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

Captioning Made Easy with Yuja

The good folks in the Learning Technologies office have already blogged about captioning using YouTube. With this post, I want to show you one more awesome thing about Yuja (in addition to adding quizzes in videos, and syncing that with the Blackboard gradebook. Yuja does the captioning for you. That’s it. That’s the post. Let[…]

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Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra with Accessibility in Mind

In order to serve any COD students who may need accommodations (and to help our those who may just have different learning preferences), all Collaborate Ultra sessions, especially those you’re doing synchronously, need to have captions. In order to make it possible to add captions, you have to: 1) Record the sessions 2) Make it[…]

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Remote Teaching Webinar Recordings

We will be adding links to the recordings of each of the topics covered by our online sessions here. If you don’t see the session you’re interested in, please check back later– we are still in the process of recording. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Explains how to web conference using Collaborate Ultra and shows the essential[…]

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Don’t Throw Pedagogy out The Window

First off, we’re all stressed out, and this Tik Tok of Gloria Gaynor washing her hands for 19 seconds while singing I Will Survive is EVERYTHING. Don’t say I never give you anything nice. [Tik Tok is generally bad but every once in a while, there’s a stroke of genius.] Obviously, we all have a[…]

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Updates for Summer 2019

Blackboard Collaborate got a recent update. What does that mean? There are a lot of really cool new features and tweaks that can make Collaborate even better to use. Easily Identify Connection Issues Collaborate can now determine if moderators and attendees are experiencing connection issues that can identify with their ability to participate in the[…]

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Student Presentations

Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Student Presentations

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra can be a great tool for many different kinds of course activities, but it’s not just for instructors. You can also utilize it for student presentations. Through Collaborate Ultra, students can share a PowerPoint or other supplemental materials with their audience and speak directly to you and their fellow classmates. This can[…]

Using Blackboard Collaborate for Language Learning 5 Ways

5 Ways to Use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Language Learning

There are a lot of ways that Blackboard Collaborate Ultra can be a useful tool for learning (and one that’s often underutilized given the positive research on its use) but it can be especially helpful for those teaching foreign language classes, online or off. Here, we’ll discuss some of the ways that Collaborate Ultra can[…]