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Bb (Blackboard) Collaborate is an online classroom environment.

What?

Bb Collaborate Ultra enables the delivery of a virtual classroom for online learning, mentoring and meetings in a collaborative environment. It is integrated with the CloudDeakin learning management system.

Bb Collaborate Ultra features real-time text and talk over the web, a whiteboard area, polling/quizzes, sharing applications, session recording and breakout rooms.

Bb Collaborate Ultra is fully integrated with CloudDeakin and is supported by Deakin eSolutions. It enables a classroom environment regardless of the moderator or participant’s physical location.

Examples of ways that Deakin staff have used Bb Collaborate Ultra include:

  • Discussions
  • Brainstorming (using whiteboard)
  • Group work (breakout groups or private sessions)
  • Guest (remote) presentations
  • Instant feedback and polling
  • Quizzes
  • Demonstrations
  • Staff to student catch-ups
  • Collaboration and document sharing
  • Student collaboration spaces
  • Online lectures or tutorials.

 

Why use Bb Collaborate Ultra for Teaching and Learning instead of Skype for Business (Lync)?

  • Bb Collaborate Ultra includes online classroom tools such as the ability for a student to virtually ‘raise hand’.
  • Bb Collaborate Ultra allows different permissions for moderators (teachers) and participants (students).
  • Bb Collaborate Ultra is integrated with CloudDeakin
  • All Bb Collaborate Ultra recordings are automatically stored in the CloudDeakin unit site.

Required equipment

To participate in a Bb Collaborate Ultra session, you will need:

  • A headset (microphone and speakers)
  • An internet connection
  • A link to the session (available through your CloudDeakin unit site)
  • A computer.

Create a session

To create a Bb Collaborate Ultra session link you will need to have unit chair access to your CloudDeakin site:

  1. Log into your CloudDeakin unit site. Click Resources > Add Existing Activities > Additional Applications. Choose Blackboard Collaborate Ultra from the list. (Note: this step only needs to be done once per unit.)
  2. Click on the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link. Click on Create Session and add a session name, and start/end times. Click Save.

Note: if you are from the Faculty of Health, your CloudDeakin support team will create the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra links for you.

See the video below for further information about creating a session.

Video: Add a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link to CloudDeakin

Problem

Suggested solution

I can’t hear
anyone / others can’t hear me!
  • Make sure you click the ‘Talk’ button (bottom of your screen) before speaking.
  • Check that you haven’t accidentally pressed the ‘mute’ button on your headset cord (light flashes when on mute – press the button again to turn off mute).
  • Still having audio issues? Unplug and re-plug your headset. Exit out of the session (close like a web page), then while your headset is still plugged in, re-enter the session.
  • Call Deakin eSolutions for assistance: Internal phone ext. 888, or external ph. 1800 463 888

Where’s my
recording?

Go into your CloudDeakin unit site and click on the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link in the resources. Click on the Menu icon Session menu on the left-hand side on your screen, and then click on Recordings.

You will see your recordings if they have been recorded in the last week. If recordings are longer than a week, you will need to change the date range. These are available in MP4 format.

I want to
invite a guest to the session

Moderators can click on the session link and then copy the ‘Guest link’ and send it to anyone not enrolled in the CloudDeakin unit site (your guest does not need a Deakin login).

Do I need a new session for each week of classes?

You can create a session that is open all trimester or all year if you want. That way students only have one link to click on. Please add a news item or set up a calendar entry to remind students when they need to attend the session. (Info on using the calendar in CloudDeakin).

Recordings – What happens to my recordings if my session is open all trimester or all year?

Any recordings made from a session open for an extended period will be stored as separate files within CloudDeakin. The file names include a date/time stamp.

Recordings – Can you delete recordings?

Yes. Click on your recording in the list of items in CloudDeakin. Cancel the prompt to download (or other errors that pop up). The ‘Play’ window should then load. Click the ‘Delete’ button to delete the recording from CloudDeakin.

Recordings – Mobile devices

People on mobile devices will be able to play recordings as the recordings in MP4 format.

I want to create a session that is not linked to a unit site

You have two options:

a) Set up a Bb Collaborate Ultra session in your CloudDeakin sandpit (play area) and then send your participants the
guest link. If you don’t have a Sandpit in CloudDeakin, contact eSolutions on extension 888 to have one created.

b) Contact your Faculty CloudDeakin support team, and ask if a special Bb Collaborate Classic link can be setup outside of CloudDeakin.

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