Session Best Practices
There are several best practices that are recommended to ensure a successful experience.
This includes making sure you have the correct equipment, having a strong internet
connection, smart scheduling, prepping for your session, accessibility considerations,
how to facilitate dynamic sessions, and good session follow up.
See the Session Best Practices help article for more information.
Audio is great for when you want to have conversations with your students. Audio helps
you transfer your passion through tone and inflection. And if your students also share
their audio, you can get get a sense of how they are doing through their expression.
See the Audio help article for more information about why to use audio and how to manage audio
The Ultra experience of Blackboard Collaborate makes it easy to share your knowledge.
You can upload content, including PowerPoint® presentations, or share your desktop screen to show more details.
See the Share Content help article for information about sharing your camera, files, PowerPoint slides,
whiteboard, and other applications.
Make your sessions more engaging with Chat! Most students are extremely comfortable
with some form of text-based communication. You may see students participate who might
be hesitant to speak up in audio/video settings.
See the Chat help article for more information about the chat functionality.
To facilitate small group collaboration, you can create breakout groups that are separate
from the main room and assign attendees to them. Breakout groups have their own private
audio, video, whiteboard, application sharing, and chat. Any collaboration that takes
place in a group is independent of the Main room (and other groups).
See the Breakout Groups help article or view the Breakout Groups video for details.
Polls are great to engage your attendees and keep them interested. They have so many
For example: Keep your attendees' attention by giving them opportunities to participate. Start
a discussion by asking your attendees their opinion on something. Ask questions to
see how well they understood what you presented. Or use reflective questions to help
them retain what you presented.
Attendees respond to your poll by selecting one of up to five responses. You decide
how many choices attendees see.
See the Polls help article or watch the Polling video for more information about using Polls.
Open the Attendees list to view all attendees. Open the Collaborate panel and select Attendees.
At-a-glance you see:
- The roles of each attendee. We've grouped attendees by roles to make it easier to
see who can do what in the session.
- Attendees with their hand raised. Those with their hand raised appear at the top of
their role list.
- Attendee status or feedback.
- Attendees with their microphone turned on.
Browse through the list of attendees or open More options at the top of the panel and select Search. You can hide the Participants and Presenters lists.
Point to an attendee to view more information, such as their network connection. Moderators
can select Attendee controls next to an attendee's name to promote them, mute them, or remove them.
See the Manage Attendees help article or view the Attendee Management video for more information.
Live Closed Captioning
The Blackboard Collaborate Ultra includes live closed captioning. This provides an
accessible learning experience for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well
as for students whose native language is different from the moderator's.
See the Live Closed Captioning help article or view the Closed Captioning video for more information.
When teaching remotely you want every available tool in your disposal to engage your
students. Video helps you transfer your passion through gestures and other non-verbal
cues. And if your students also share their video, you can get real time feedback
in the form of smiles, eye-rolls, and head nods.
See the Video in Collaborate help article for more information.
Record your sessions so that your students can access presentations whenever they
need them. Stop and restart whenever you need to, and when finished, and share with
Recorded sessions are compressed and saved as MP4s. Recordings include activity in
the live session.
- Any content shared or active speaker video. If both are shared during the session, only the content shared is recorded.
- Captions entered during the live session or added later by a moderator. Only one caption track is available. If your session had more than one caption track,
only the first available one is captured.
- Chat messages in the Everyone channel. Private messages and chat messages in breakout groups are not recorded.
Only moderators can turn recording on in sessions.
Everyone can view the recordings from any device as often as they want. There are
no view limits.
Recordings need to be converted into a playable format before viewing. The first time
a recording is accessed the conversion begins. It may take a few minutes but once
is has been done the recording can be viewed by everybody.
See the Recordings help article for more information about recording in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.