Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens straight away in your browser (Chrome for the best experience), so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. And you can record it and make it available afterwards. Find guidance and videos at https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra
You can use a Collaborate session just with a cohort in BREO, one-to-one or one-to-many through the tool link inside any BREO unit – find it in the Tools area under Control Panel in your units on BREO.
You can have a discrete session, timed for one slot, or you could leave a session open for any students to drop into as and when they please. You can set up ‘Office Hour’ for students at a set time to keep in touch with students especially when they are on placement, for example. And, of course, it is a core element of delivering distance learning.
Outside your own class, you can set up sessions for running webinars with a selected group of participants or you can even publicise a url and promote your online webinar to anyone who sees the url, perhaps in a community you are part of or a research group.
For anyone who does not have a relevant BREO unit, you’re not excluded! You can use Collaborate outside BREO too – just contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you direct access to your own Collaborate session.