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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[…]

Tips for making collaborate more accessible

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[…]

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 Virtual office Hours

Quick Tip: Using Collaborate for Virtual Office Hours

Even if you’re teaching course in a traditional classroom setting, sometimes students simply may not be able to make it to in-person office hours. Having a virtual option for office hours is an easy and attractive alternative, both for students and for you as their instructor. Not only does it make it easier for students[…]