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Go Ultra: Why We Recommend Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Connecting with students through synchronous sessions or recorded lectures can be great, but not all solutions are created equally. Some tools may have issues with security (Zoom, ahem) or may have a steeper learning curve for users. If you already have an online conferencing tool you like, great! Keep using it! But if you’re in[…]

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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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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[…]

Tech Minute

Tech Minute: Clearing or Ignoring Test and Assignment Submissions

Most of the time, student test taking and assignment submission goes off without a hitch. However, sometimes an assignment or test needs to be reset so that a student may either retake or resubmit it. Here’s the best practices for this process: Have questions about this process? Please give us a call at (630) 942-2490[…]

Find Us at In-Service!

In-Service is fast approaching and we’re getting ready to share all kinds of great back-to-school tips, tools and support with you! Here’s where you can find us during In-Service (find the full schedule here). Thursday, August 15th We’ll be leading a number of the breakout sessions on Thursday: SRC 2025 Course Preparation: Export/Import, Date Management,[…]

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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[…]