Collaborate: Creating a Session in your Moodle ISU Course Moodle ISU


Collaborate is a web conferencing tool.  It can be used as a virtual classroom with whiteboard, chat, audio, video, application sharing, polling, and other tools to engage students in a live synchronous online environment.

Click here to access other Collaborate Guides and Resources

This guide will help you:

Adding a Collaborate Session

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the week or topic where you want the new activity.
  3. Click on the Add an Activity or Resource link in the lower right corner of the block.

  1. Click Blackboard Collaborate option.
  2. Click Add button at the bottom of the screen.

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Basic Session Details

  1. Type the title in the Title textbox.
  2. Type the session name in the Session Name textbox.
  3. Type a description of the Collaborate session in the Description textbox.

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  1. For deciding when the Session begins Select the date and time you want your session to being from Session begins dropdown menu..
  2. For deciding when the Session ends Select the date and time you want your session to end from the Session ends dropdown menu.

Note: Hours are displayed on a 24 hour clock or military time.

Common module settings
For more information on Common module settings, see Groups and Groupings.

Restrict access
For more information on restricting access, see Conditional Release.

Activity completion
For more information on activity completion, see Activity Completion.


  1. Will allow you to decide how much time before the start of a session in which users can join the session. It is displayed in minutes.
  2. Selecting Yes on display early session entry time will show when participants entered the session.


Session Attributes

  1. Recording mode will decide the mode of recording in the Blackboard Collaborate Session.
  1. Manual - A chairperson must start the recordings
  2. Automatic - the recording starts automatically when the session starts
  3. Disabled - Recording is disabled
  1. Select the maximum number of simultaneous talkers from Max talkers dropdown menu.

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Note: Maximum number of simultaneous talkers or the Max talkers needs to be configured in the Blackboard Collaborate Session before the start of the session.  This sets the limit of maximum microphone privileges available in the session.  Microphone privileges may be turned off/on during the Collaborate session.  It is generally recommended to have at least 3 maximum talkers in the session.

  1. Checking the box Restrict session Participants will create a private session that can only be accessed by invited Participants. Moderators and Participants can be managed from the view session page.

Note: This option does not apply to sessions with a Group Mode of visible or separate. Participation in that type of session can be managed via group membership.

Session Grading

  1. Check the box next to Grade this Session, if you would like your students’ participation to be graded.
  2. Select the type of grade you would like to give to your students
  1. Scale Grade- if a Student attends the session, they will be assigned the best grade in the selected scale. For example Selecting Scale type and will give every student that attends the session a satisfactory under their grade for that session.
  2. Point Grade- If a Student attends the session, they will be assigned the full point grade selected for this session. For example Selecting Point type and giving them a maximum points of 50 will give every student that attends the session the 50 points.

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Group Settings

Note: The moodle grouping option is STRONGLY not recommended. The moodle grouping option does not work as expected within a collaborate session. If you need to use breakout rooms for group work, please contact the ITRC.

Once you have the settings in

  1. Click Save and display to go to the assignment
  2. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click Cancel to NOT save the assignment.

Note: The new assignment will always appear at the bottom of the list within the week/topic you have chosen.

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