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Many Fall 2020 semester courses will include the option of participating virtually. There are three main options for providing you access to virtual courses: Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom. Your instructor will provide you with information regarding which option they have chosen to deliver your course content.
Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual course component that is tied directly into your Blackboard courses. The instructor can choose whether to create sessions for every class meeting, or just use the Join Session link to join the main class room each time. Collaborate allows you options for chatting, giving feedback, raising your hand, presenting to the class, polling, and breakout groups for group work. Students can also access Collaborate via their courses on the Bb Student App.
- Get Started with Collaborate Ultra
- Accessibility in Collaborate Ultra
- Audio and Video
- Call into a Session by Phone (Teleconference)
- Chat and Private Chat
- Breakout Groups in Collaborate Ultra
- Polls in Collaborate Ultra
- Collaborate Ultra in the Blackboard App
- Report an Issue
- View session recordings
Students can join a Collaborate session on their mobile device by downloading the Blackboard student app and clicking on their course name. Faculty will need to download the Bb Instructor app. Users can see the course menu from the mobile device window and access Collaborate.
If students or faculty are having issues with their microphones, they can use their mobile device as a microphone. There is more than one way to call in to a Collaborate session with dial-in available.
- From in the session: If you have joined a session in a browser and need to use your phone for audio, open the Session menu on the top left corner of the screen and select Use your phone for audio. The phone number and the PIN needed to access the session via phone are listed.
- From a list of scheduled sessions: Select the name of the session you want to call into. Select the Anonymous dial-in information from the menu. Use your device to call the number and enter your PIN.
For the best experience for teachers and students alike, please use Google Chrome Browser or Edge Chromium. If you do not see a link to Collaborate on the course menu, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your course name and section.
Recorded sessions are saved as MP4s. Recordings including audio, any content shared, speaker video if used, any captions that may have been entered during the live class session. You can view recordings in courses you are enrolled in. Instructors must allow session recording downloads in order for you to see and download the recording of the session.
To get to the recordings, click on the Collaborate link on the course menu. This is the main Collaborate page. Using the Menu above the name of the course room, click to expand the menu. On the left, you see options for Sessions and Recordings. Select Recordings. You may need to use the date filters on the page to see previously recorded sessions. You can click on the name of the session to view the recording.
Your instructor may opt to just access the main course room every time you plan to meet, but some instructors will choose to create session links for each time you are supposed to meet. To find the Session links, click on the Collaborate menu above the course room name and select Sessions. You may need to filter the sessions by date to see upcoming or previous sessions.
Microsoft Teams Meetings
Microsoft Teams Meetings are also a way to conduct a virtual classroom. As part of our expansive Office 365 Tools, Teams meetings can be linked directly in your Blackboard course, sent to you as a weblink, or your instructor may be utilizing a Class Team. Your instructor should provide you instructions on how to access the Team Meeting for class.
Team Meetings have audio, video, chat, raise hand, live captions if needed, interactive tools with feedback, and a variety of other services that instructors can access–sharing video, files, browsers, the entire desktop, etc. The instructor can also share their screen and give others access to participate in presenting.
Instructions have a few ways that they will send you invites for class meetings. If your instructor is using a course team, you will either be invited by link to your Marshall email, or you will see a link to the meeting on the Posts page in Teams app. If your instructor is adding Team meetings to Blackboard, then you should have a Class Meetings content folder on the course menu (unless you have been instructed to a specific area by your instructor).
From the Teams app, you can click on the Calendar and view all of the Team meeting requests that you have been sent. Five minutes prior to the start of the meeting, a Join button appears on the meeting time. You can either wait for the join button, or you can join by double-clicking the meeting invite to open it, and click Join Meeting link in the body of the calendar invite.
If your instructor is using Zoom for your virtual class, you will see a link to Zoom or Zoom Meetings on the course menu of the course. You will click the Zoom link to go to the Zoom homepage and access meetings there.
If you have issues with internet service, or you encounter issues with your microphone, you can join and manage Zoom meetings using your mobile device. If internet quality is your issue, then turn off wifi on your mobile device and allow it to connect to the Zoom app through your phone service provider. Students can also join Zoom meetings via the mobile app, or use their telephones for their audio devices if your instructor has enabled this feature on your Zoom meeting.