Blackboard Collaborate offers a robust tool set that allows you to web conference and connect with one student or your entire class. You and your students can collaborate using audio, video, and recording capabilities. You can also use private and public chat, a whiteboard, application sharing, a clip art library, and the ability to add and edit content at any time.
In addition to the capability of scheduling web conferencing sessions, for every course site, Blackboard Collaborate generates two types of rooms that require no scheduling.
Course Room: A default room provided for your course that lasts as long as the duration of your course. By default, the room is titled with your course name and is always available.
- By default, students enter your Course Room as participants. Instructors and administrators enter as moderators. You can allow all participants to join as moderators so collaboration can start without your presence.
- If you have supervision concerns, you can completely turn off your Course Room at the course level.
- Use your Course Room to acclimate students to your course setup, introduce new concepts, host Q and A sessions, lead study sessions, and grade group presentations.
My Room: A default room provided for each instructor that lasts as long you retain an account on the system. By default, the room is titled with your name and is always available.
- My Room is accessible from any course where you have the instructor role.
- You can disallow participants from a certain course to enter your room.
- By default, students enter your room as participants. You can allow all students to join as moderators or only allow select users from a course you teach to join your room.
- Use My Room to provide office hours or help to users across all your courses. When privacy is a concern, create a new session and restrict access to only the user you need to discuss an issue with.
- Each instructor in a course has a separate room.
The teaching assistant role does not have a default My Room, but can schedule a session and enter as a moderator.
Blackboard Collaborate can be accessed from within Blackboard at https://campus.georgetown.edu
6. Enter a Name and the Start Time and End Time for the session.
NOTE: Once a session expires, it can no longer be edited or extended. Users wishing to run a session for multiple days should use the repeating session function or ensure the appropriate start and end dates are selected upon creation.
To generate a public link to join the session:
Tools > Collaborate > Create Session > Save > click on chevron next to session name > Allow Guests > click on gray "Off" to turn to ON > copy Public URL > click on Done
To make a recording link public: