Blackboard Collaborate™ gives you the functionality you need in a 21st century teaching and learning environment, such as two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording. Educators and students can engage as if they were in a traditional classroom, with as good as, or even better, outcomes.
Since 2009, the Wimba Classroom collaboration tool has been integrated into Blackboard at Marshall and has been used by faculty, staff, and teaching assistants for online web conferencing activities ranging from online lectures, office hours, to group activities.
In July 2010, Blackboard purchased both Wimba and Elluminate (another competing web conferencing platform) and developed a new “next generation” product that combines the best features of both Wimba Classroom and Elluminate and released a new web conferencing platform, Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard Collaborate includes a redesigned, easier-to-use interface that simplifies many of the tasks presenters typically perform. Institutions like Marshall that currently have Wimba Classroom are encouraged to begin transitioning to the new Blackboard Collaborate as soon as possible. Blackboard Collaborate 12 is available campus-wide during the Fall 2012 semester and will replace Wimba Classroom by Spring 2013. We are currently already running Blackboard IM.
To see Blackboard Collaborate in action, short demos are available online at:
To see the Collaborate Solutions Brochure:
- Mobile Web Conferencing from iPhone or iPad
- Echo Cancellation
- Improved Classroom Management
- Student engagement via whiteboard, polling, emoticons, and breakout rooms
- Enhanced Closed Captioning
- Ability to assign a grade to a live or archived session in the Grade Center
- Link to Collaborate 12 inside the Course Calendar
- See and hear multiple speakers at one time
To familiarize yourself with Collaborate and how it works, please take a few moments to review the Blackboard Collaborate Platform Overview.