Collaboration Time: Incorporating the Blackboard Online Meeting Tool into Your Classroom

Brief Abstract

Join us in this Discovery Session to learn more about the Blackboard meeting room tool, Collaborate, and innovative ways for faculty to incorporate the tool in their online classrooms. The session will include a short presentation, live demonstration, interactive discussion with peers, and opportunity for Q&A.

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Melissa Houston is a Faculty Support Agent (FSA) with the Center for Faculty Excellence at Walden University. In her role, she supports faculty digital fluency needs through live sessions and webinars as well as by developing job aids, video tutorials, and other faculty resources. Melissa began supporting Walden faculty as a Graduate Assistant before transitioning to the FSA role. Melissa is pursuing her PhD in Forensic Psychology. She completed her M.S. in Forensic Psychology at Walden University and B.S. in Human Services at SUNY Empire State College.

Extended Abstract

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is an online meeting room tool built into the Blackboard classroom accessible to both faculty and students.  Collaborate can be used to host live meetings for a variety of academic purposes such as virtual office hours, faculty/student meetings, presentations, webinars, lectures, group work, and more.  The Collaborate meeting room incorporates innovative tools and technology such as webcam, audio, screen and file sharing, live polling, and breakout groups to build a sense of community and increase engagement in the online classroom environment. 

Individuals who attend this session will be able to identify ways to use Collaborate in their own classrooms and discuss strategies for getting the most out of the meeting room tools when hosting online meetings.  Participants will also develop technological skills including navigation and how to create online meetings. 

This session will be structured around interaction with and among participants.  The presentation will include a short slide deck combined with a live, interactive screen sharing demonstration of Collaborate.  Participants will engage in lively group discussion to brainstorm how they might use Collaborate in their classrooms. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and openly discuss the tool with the presenter and their peers.  Take-aways from the session will be developed and made available as digital handouts for participants, including a summary of ideas and helpful resources.