Blackboard Collaborate is an online Web-conferencing program that can be used for virtual meetings or class sessions. Participants can speak to one another using a headset microphone, see one another using a webcam, write to one another using text chat, view PowerPoint slides and share applications or a whiteboard. Training is recommended before requesting a Collaborate “room” and facilitating a session.
Collaborate Voice Tools
The Collaborate (formerly Wimba) Voice Tools suite is a collection of four distinct voice-recording tools that offer live audio and playback functionality, offered in conjunction with Collaborate. When adding an activity in Moodleroooms, you can create simple podcasts, which students can subscribe to and which can support your teaching and their learning. These can be fully integrated into an online course or used as a stand-alone, web-based resource to supplement a traditional independent study.
The suite includes:
- voice discussion board: a threaded audio discussion board where both instructors and students can post and listen to voice recordings
- voice presentation: instructor-added Web content adjacent to an associated recording and student-posted audio comments
- voice podcaster: podcasts created and delivered by the instructor, downloadable by students as a series of audio recordings (via the course homepage or Activities block in a Moodlerooms course, or software such as iTunes or comparable software) to mp3 players, such as iPods
- voice authoring: allows instructors to record vocal messages for playback on a webpage (i.e., announcements on the main course homepage).
- Collaborate training opportunities are listed in the college’s technology workshop calendar (college login required).
- Collaborate has reference guides for participants and moderators on its website.
- Center mentors can contact their local faculty instructional technologists for more information.
- For help adding Voice Tools to a Moodlerooms course or to request a Blackboard Collaborate room, submit a technology support request.