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Instructor Quick Guide to the Virtual Classroom - Bongo
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Instructor Quick Guide to the Virtual Classroom - Bongo

What is Bongo? 

Bongo is a video assignment and virtual classroom technology that is easily integrated into Brightspace.

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October Roadshow - Bongo Intro

Resources for Using Bongo

Bongo Learn - on this site, there is a wealth of resources covering the following topics:

  • Virtual Classroom Basics (How Can I Use Virtual Classroom?)
  • Initial Setup
  • Troubleshooting
  • Presentation Features
  • Communication Features

Bongo Features and Tutorials

  • Instructors - Schedule & Invite: Schedule a Virtual Classroom meeting & invite others (even external participants like a guest speaker)
  • Recording: Record sessions, then archive or submit as assignment videos.
  • Desktop Share: Share an application or additional resource through your desktop.
  • Upload Presentations: Upload a presentation or present with the whiteboard.
  • Annotation Tools: Show & annotate content during live sessions.
  • Change Presenters: Allow multiple people to share and present during the same session.
  • Breakout Rooms: Divide participants into small groups for discussion.
  • Polling: Assess participants’ comprehension & keep them engaged.
  • Live Chat: Facilitate conversation & questions through text.
  • Share Files: Post files for the group or individual participants.
  • Attendance Log: View a list of participants who attended your Virtual Classroom meeting.

Resources for Beginners Using Bongo

Initial Setup of Virtual Classroom

Presentation and Communication Features

In the Virtual Classroom

Instructor Grading and Feedback

Schedule Virtual Classroom

Invite Others to Virtual Classroom

Launch and End Virtual Classroom

Add a Brightspace Video Assignment - There are four types of video assignments (see table below for more information on each of these types):

  • Individual Project
  • Q&A
  • Group Project
  • Interactive Video

Share Your Webcam

Annotation Tools

Share Your Desktop

Upload Presentation

Change Moderators/Presenters

Call in to Join Virtual Classroom

Create Poll


Create a Breakout Room

Grade with A Rubric

Evaluate and Grade Submissions

  • Navigate to the Gradebook
  • Evaluate Learners
  • Grade Learner Submissions
  • View Completed Peer Review
  • Create and Edit Preset Comments

Grading Types - You have multiple grading types when creating an assignment.

  • Percentage
  • Rubric
  • Pass/Fail
  • Auto Pass
  • 5 Star

Reset Learner Submission

Video Assessment Tools and Ideas for Bongo Integration

Topic (Articles)


Video Aid

Individual Project Overview - Want learners to give a presentation or demonstrate a skill through video? Individual Project could be a great fit.  In an individual project, learners record or upload a video of themselves presenting on a topic or demonstrating a specific skill. With the screenshare feature, learners can also enhance their project with visual aids.

See the examples below:

  • Self-Introduction - Creating a self-introduction assignment can be a great place to start. That way, both you and your learners can explore the platform.
  • Reflection Questions - Reflection Questions help guide learners' thinking before they start an Individual Project. Learners write responses to these questions after viewing your text/video instructions.

Setup Individual Project

Setup Individual Project

Question and Answer Overview - Want learners to think on their feet with timed responses in an asynchronous setting? Our proprietary Q&A technology could be what you need.

  • Oral Quizzes
  • Check for Understanding
  • Skill Demonstrations
  • Interviews
  • Terminology/Pathology Practice

How to Setup Q&A

Question and Answer Advanced Settings

Group Project Overview - Learners collaborate synchronously and asynchronously to complete a group activity. Individuals have the ability to create milestones, evaluate their peers, meet with group members virtually, and compile all of their submissions within the project dashboard. The end product is often presented as one cohesive group presentation.

  • Capstone Projects
  • Group Presentations
  • Roleplay Activities

Setup the Group Project

Create and Manage Groups

  • Instructor Formed Groups
  • System OR Learner Formed Groups

Customize Toolset

Group Project Advanced Settings

Interactive Video Overview - In an Interactive Video assignment, learners watch an instructor-provided video and respond to related prompts

  • Checking for Understanding
  • Video Quizzes

Setup Interactive Video

Preview of Interactive Video