Blackboard Collaborate is a tool that allows instructors to hold interactive classes online and online office hours. Blackboard Collaborate is also used by students who need to participate in group work and crate group presentation. To get started using Blackboard Collaborate, here are a few tips for an easy, and stress-free session.
Finding Blackboard Collaborate
If your instructor requires you to use Blackboard Collaborate, you can find it in the Course Tools. On the left-hand side of the screen, select Tools. When the menu pulls up, click on Blackboard Collaborate.
Once you select the icon, you can begin using the tool.
5 Tips for Blackboard Collaborate
There are a few tips and tricks to make using Blackboard Collaborate easier when you log in.
1. Install Adobe Flash Player
To use Blackboard Collaborate, your computer needs the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. The Adobe Flash Player tool is free to users and can be downloaded directly from the Adobe site: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
If you don’t want to install McAfee or True Key, make sure you uncheck the boxes.
2. Log in Early
Some instructors allow you to log in early to Blackboard Collaborate. Doing so allows you to get acquainted with the session and its tools, and to check your camera and mic.
Adjust and Test Mic and Camera Settings
When you log in to Blackboard, check your settings, and adjust and test your camera and mic. If you see lines through the mic and video icons, they are muted.
To enable audio and video, click on the icons.
If you see an alert telling you that you blocked permissions, click Allow and Remember.
To adjust speaker and mic settings in Blackboard Collaborate, click the purple arrow on the bottom right-hand side of the screen. When the menu expands, you can turn up the volume, locate the audio PIN, and enable closed captions if available.
3. Use Your Phone
If you do not have a microphone, you can either listen in or record audio on the telephone. Go to the settings menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Click ‘Use for telephone for audio.’ When you select the telephone option, a phone number and PIN will be provided to you.
4. Enable Notifications
When you are in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you can enable notifications. Collaborate notifications allow you to see and hear the following:
- Someone joins or leaves the chat
- Someone posts a chat message
- When closed captions are available
- When someone raises their hand
5. Try the Options
Before everyone else joins, you should try out the features. You can look at a list of the participants, try out the chat option, and raise your hand for a question.
If you are having trouble with Blackboard Collaborate, read more about Troubleshooting Tips.