Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing

blackboard collaborate logoBlackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing is a live, virtual classroom that allows for audio, video, and chat communication.  Attendees can communicate with the presenter using public or private chat as well as audio and/or video.  Status indicators allow attendees to indicate hand raising, confusion, and other traditionally visual cues with the click of a button.
 
Presenters can create common viewing experiences by showing PowerPoint slides, working on an eBoard, sharing websites, or sharing applications.   Advanced Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing users can also incorporate polling and break-out rooms.  Polling can be used for both informal surveys and quizzes.  Responses are archived.  Break-out rooms give the presenter the option to break a larger group of attendees in to smaller groups for discussion and activities.
 
For increased access, meetings can be archived for those who could not attend the live meeting or for future reference.  They can also be made accessible to students with visual and hearing disabilities.
 
There are two ways to use Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.  One option is to use the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing feature that is integrated into iCollege.  This classroom will provide easy access for students enrolled in courses.  The second option is to request a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing meeting space that is independent of iCollege.
 

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Integrated with iCollege

Instructors can create a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing for use within iCollege by choosing Wimba Classroom from the Add Content Link dropdown menu on the home page or any organizer page within the course.    Then students can link to an existing room or create a new room for use with students enrolled in that course.  This option provides the easiest access to Wimba Classroom for online meetings related to a particular course.
 

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Online Meeting Room

Both faculty and staff can request an online meeting room (http://www.gpc.edu/oit/gpcmeet/) that is independent of iCollege, but requests should be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.  These rooms have the same features as a room integrated with iCollege except that anyone with the link to the room can enter and participate rather than being limited to those enrolled in the course.

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