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January 17, 2012 / dlitgroup

Blackboard Collaborate Pilot *Update*

image of laptop showing a Blackboard Collaborate Session

A Blackboard Collaborate session open on a laptop.

I just attended a virtual workshop with Sharri Goddard of Blackboard Collaborate and a number of GRCC faculty from on-campus as well as exotic locations such as Holland, MI and even the Chicago-area! It was a wonderful training – two hours and full of great information on the basics of using the Blackboard Collaborate tools. If you missed the session, you can view the recording here: http://bit.ly/collabtraining.

The next big step is to provide you some training on how to access and add Blackboard Collaborate sessions and recordings to your Blackboard courses! Even though we are currently just piloting Blackboard Collaborate, we do have it fully integrated into our Blackboard system at GRCC which makes it very easy to use! Your students will not have to go anywhere special or create a special username – when they click on a link to a Blackboard Collaborate session in your Blackboard course or organization, they will go right into the virtual room and be identified with their first and last name exactly as registered in your course.

Join me, Meegan Willi, on Friday, January 27th from 10:00-11:00 am to learn how to access and use Blackboard Collaborate in your courses. To participate, you can simply log into Blackboard and go to your GRCC Faculty Organization and click on Bb Collaboration in the navigation bar and then click on the Blackboard Collaboration Training link to launch the virtual session window.

Screen Shot of a Blackboard Organization

To access the session, log into Blackboard and go to the GRCC Faculty Organization. Click on (1) Blackboard Collaborate in the navigation and then (2) click on Blackboard Collaboration Training to launch the virtual session window.

I highly recommend viewing the recorded workshop or visiting the Blackboard Collaborate On-Demand Learning Center to become familiar with the basics of the Blackboard Collaborate tool prior to the training on January 27th. In addition, you will be more successful if you can visit Blackboard Collaborate’s First Time User Center prior to the training session. This will ensure that your computer is equipped with what is needed on training day. Headsets with microphones are also encouraged for each participant.

See you on the 27th!

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