Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning tool that allows instructors to create synchronous, virtual classrooms to make web conferencing with student simpler, easier, and more reliable. It’s built right into Illinois Compass 2g, making online course delivery easy and productive.
Synchronous Online Course Sessions - Collaborate allows you to hold virtual class sessions with students dispersed around the globe. You can present your PowerPoint, share media, respond to student questions and even create breakout rooms to have students work collaboratively during a synchronous class session.
Virtual Office Hours - By allowing students to participate in office hours virtually, you open up the opportunity to engage with more students without having to tie yourself to your physical office. Students can ask questions, discuss class material, go over assignments, and more, whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.
Online Study Lounge - Unlike a chat box or discussion thread, Collaborate offers easy, real-time communication, increasing the opportunities for students to meet virtually and help prepare for upcoming exams, or complete group assignments. By adding an online study lounge to your Compass 2g space, you increase the chances for students to engage with and learn from one another.
Online Group Work and Presentations - Having student groups prepare and present documentation of their coursework is a great way to help them reflect upon their learning and build their presentation skills; with Collaborate, you can offer a similar opportunity for your online students. Student groups can meet online at their convenience to create and practice their presentations, then use Collaborate to present virtually to you and the class.
Share Your Computer Screen - The tools in Collaborate allow you to share exactly what’s on your computer screen with all participants. That means you can not only share your PowerPoint presentations, you can also demonstrate software, annotate images, explain complicated illustrations and highlight key phrases or concepts within a text.