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 on the radial button next to the Collaborate option.
  2. Click on the Add button at the bottom of the screen.

Customizing Collaborate Session Settings


  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.

  1. Click on the Date dropdown menu.
  2. Click on the Hours and Minutes dropdown menus.

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

  1. Click on the Max talkers dropdown menu.
  2. Select the maximum number of simultaneous talkers to be configured in the Collaborate 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. Check the box next to Grade this Session, if you would like your students’ participation to be graded.
  2. Click on the Grade attendance dropdown menu to select a grade.

Common Module Settings

This section sets how the activity uses Groups and manual grade calculations.  For more information on Groups and Groupings, please see Groups and Groupings.  For more information on manual grade calculations please contact the ITRC.

Note: Please be aware that groups and groupings inside Moodle are different than break out rooms in Collaborate.  You will not need to change this setting in order to use break out rooms during a Collaborate session.

Restrict Access

This section sets the conditions under which students may interact with this activity. For more information on Conditional Release/Restricting Access, please see Conditional Release.

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