Collaboration Tool

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Feature discontinued as of May 8, 2017

COLLABORATION TOOLS (Chat and the Virtual Classroom) will be discontinued on May 8.

See Blackboard's Webinar tool for synchronous collaboration, Blackboard Collaborate.

Collaborate provides synchronous communication and interactive capabilities that include the use of the Whiteboard and Chat panel. We will be shutting off Blackboard’s Virtual Classroom and Chat tools in favour of these capabilities, which are available in Collaborate. 

 

COLLABORATION TOOLS allow users and Instructors to engage in synchronous communication. Instructors or Teaching Assistants may wish to use these tools to hold virtual office hours or online tutorial sessions.

 

Create or Edit a Collaboration Session

In Blackboard instructors can use either the Chat or the Virtual Classroom collaboration tools:
•    In a Virtual Classroom users can engage in real-time discussion with other users, access the Web, and engage in question and answer sessions. Users may also access the Whiteboard to display text and images.
•    In a Chat session, users interact with each other in a text-based environment. Chat can be used as a stand-alone tool or as a part of the Virtual Classroom. There is a 1,000 character limit for individual Chat messages. Users in a Chat Session may send messages to the group or send private messages to selected users.

 

To create a collaboration session:

  1. Go to Control Panel. Select Course Tools and then select Collaboration.
  2. On the Collaboration Sessions screen, click on the Create Collaboration Session button.
  3. On the Create Collaboration Session screen:
    • Provide a Name for this session.
    • Set Dates of Availability. Users will be able to view and contribute to the Collaboration Session between the dates and times entered.
    • Click Yes beside Available to make the session available to students.
    • Select session type (Virtual Classroom or Chat).
    • Click Submit.
  4. You will be brought back to the Collaboration Sessions page, where you will see your new session listed as a link. The type of session you are entering is listed next to the session name, under Tool.
  5. In the Collaboration Session screen, enter a session by clicking on the session name.

To edit an existing collaboration session:

Click on the Contextual Menu Button  beside the session you want to edit. Select Edit from the drop-down menu. This will take you to the Edit Collaboration Session screen, where you can make your desired changes. Then click Submit.

Note: Ensure that your browser allows pop-ups and that you are running the latest version of the Java 2 Run Time Environment.

The plug-in may be downloaded from the page that appears when you join a Collaboration Session, or may be found on the Java website.

Also, take care to uninstall any existing Java plug-ins before installing a new version.

 

COLLABORATION TOOLS (Chat and the Virtual Classroom) will be discontinued on May 5.

See Blackboard's Webinar tool for synchronous collaboration, Blackboard Collaborate. Collaborate provides synchronous communication and interactive capabilities that include the use of the Whiteboard and Chat panel. We will be shutting off Blackboard’s Virtual Classroom and Chat tools in favour of these capabilities, which are available in Collaborate.