Collaborate: Moderator Basics Collaborate
Collaborate is web conferencing or a virtual classroom with whiteboard, chat, audio, video, application sharing, polling, breakout sessions and other tools to engage students in a live synchronous online environment.
This guide will help you to:
Hot Tip: You can copy the links in the participant resources section into your Moodle course for your students to access before your first Collaborate session.
Note: For information on the new collaborate launch tool, including how to download it, see Blackboard Collaborate Launcher
Hot Tip: Before accessing your Collaborate session you will need to check your system.
Note: The first time you join a session, you will be asked about the connection speed of your computer. Select the appropriate option in the dropdown menu.
Setting Participant Permissions
As a teacher you have full permissions when joining the session in your Moodle ISU course. By default all your students will join the session with minimal permissions. There are two ways to set permissions, globally for the entire class, or individually.
Note: Before you set up permissions it is highly recommended that you use the Audio Setup Wizard.
2. Click on Audio Setup Wizard.
A pop up box will appear that will walk you through setting up your speaker and microphone volume levels.
There are two ways to set the Global Permissions:
Note: If there is a square around the icon, that permission is turned on.
Note: If there is a red x on the icon that permission is turned off.
Hot Tip: Chat and Audio are the most common global permissions. You can give other permissions to individuals who need to present.
Note: You may also take away permissions from specific individuals.
Note: If there is a square around the icon that permission is turned on.
Participants must have video and audio permissions before they can use this block. There are only 6 live video feeds and 6 live microphones that may be used simultaneously. For an efficient session participants should turn off their video feed and microphone when they are not actively using them.
You must have a microphone on your computer to use the audio option.
Note: It is always helpful to use the Audio Setup Wizard before you and your students begin the session. This ensures that your microphone and speakers are working properly.
Note: A microphone icon will appear on the button to let you know your microphone is on.
Note: Your computer may ask for your permission to access the microphone. Click the allow button to use the audio.
You must have a webcam on your computer to use the video option.
Note: A webcam icon will appear on the button to let you know your video is on.
Note: Your computer may ask for your permission to access the webcam. Click the allow button to use the video.
Hot Tip: You can click the preview button to make sure your camera is positioned correctly before you click the video button to activate a live video feed. The preview button is on the right side of the video button and has a magnifying glass on it.
Note: Video requires a large amount of bandwidth, if participants do not have high quality internet connections, or slow computers, you may encounter technical difficulties when using the live video feed.
You may load powerpoint, jpeg and collaborate whiteboard files onto the whiteboard.
Note: Currently, Macintosh users with the Yosemite version of OS will not be able to upload Powerpoint files. Blackboard is aware of this issue and is working on it.
Note: The first time you load a powerpoint file you will need to indicate if you would like the upload utility to use PowerPoint or OpenOffice. Select the appropriate option.
Note: The file must be closed in other applications before it can be loaded. It may appear that the process is deleting your file, but do not worry, your original file is safely saved on your computer.
There are many other tools within Collaborate - breakout rooms, timer, polling, application sharing, web tour, etc. for information on using these functions register for a workshop at https://sites.google.com/a/isu.edu/itrc-calendar/home or contact the ITRC for an appointment.
For more information please visit http://www.isu.edu/itrc/collaborate.shtml
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