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Introducing Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Following our summer upgrade, we have upgraded the web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate to the new and improved Ultra experience.

The Ultra tool makes it easier than ever to host online interactive sessions within your module. It includes audio, video, text chat, an interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint display, application sharing, breakout rooms, live closed captioning, polling and session recording.

What’s different about Ultra?

Unlike Collaborate Classic, the Ultra experience entirely takes place on the web browser, therefore there’s no need to download a launcher.

Ultra will adjust accordingly for your internet connection speed, so even if you have a poor connection, you can continue to participate in a session.

For the best experience, use Chrome or Firefox as your browser, which allow application sharing.

Each module and organisation has an Ultra room which is always available as long as the module or organisation is available. You can set up individual sessions within these rooms, and provide students with a link in your module.

Lastly, the new Presenter role allows students to present in Collaborate Ultra without giving them full Moderator privileges. They are able to upload and share content, and raise or lower hands to facilitate questions and answers.

How do I start using Collaborate Ultra?

For further help on how to get started using Collaborate Ultra, visit our help pages for step by step guides.

Alternatively, join in on one of the web based sessions hosted by OD&PL which give a brief introduction to the tool. You can book via this link.

If you’d like to ask a question about Collaborate Ultra, there are also 3 drop in sessions scheduled for support and advice.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 15:00 to 16:00
Tuesday, November 07, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00

You don’t need to book onto these – simply click on this link to join to room at the time and date that suits you.

Collaborate: Staff online drop-in sessions

Do you have a question about how to use Blackboard Collaborate to deliver your online events?

Feel free to ‘drop-in’ any time on any of the dates below where facilitators from the VLE Service and SDDU will be online to answer any questions you have on the use of Collaborate.

The sessions are more suitable for colleagues who have already attended the First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate Training or for colleagues who have some experience of delivering online events and may be migrating from another platform (such as Adobe Connect).

When:

Thursday 20th October, Monday 21st November or  Tuesday 6th December

Session time: 12:00 – 13:00

Session link: here

Joining the Session 

  • All staff managed Windows desktops already have the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher already installed.
  • If you are using your own PC or Mac see this guide.
  • Access the test room to configure your audio before the session.
  • Please ensure you have an appropriate headset available as you will be expected to ask your question using audio.
  • Type in your name when requested. It might take a few minutes to join the room so please be patient.
  • For technical issues please email itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk or phone 0113-3433333.

We look forward to meeting you online.

Collaborate: Staff online drop-in sessions

Do you have a question about how to use Blackboard Collaborate to deliver your online events?

Feel free to ‘drop-in’ any time on any of the dates below where facilitators from the VLE Service and SDDU will be online to answer any questions you have on the use of Collaborate.

The sessions are more suitable for colleagues who have already attended the First Steps with Blackboard Collaborate Training or for colleagues who have some experience of delivering online events and may be migrating from another platform (such as Adobe Connect).

When: Tuesday 19th July, 12:00 – 13:00

Session link: https://goo.gl/P0UqLL

Joining the Session 

  • All staff managed Windows desktops already have the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher already installed.
  • If you are using your own PC or Mac see this guide.
  • Access the test room to configure your audio before the session.
  • Please ensure you have an appropriate headset available as you will be expected to ask your question using audio.
  • Type in your name when requested. It might take a few minutes to join the room so please be patient.
  • For technical issues please email itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk or phone 0113-3433333.

We look forward to meeting you online.

Staff Drop in Clinics

Staff:

Any VLE functionality you’ve been avoiding? Want to ask an expert? Great ideas but don’t know where to start? Interested in using Blackboard Collaborate?

We are offering staff drop in clinics on the following days:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Staff Only
When: Monday 11th April, 14:00-15:30
Location: Irene Manton North Cluster

All staff
When: Wednesday 13th April, 10:00 – 11:30 and 14:00 – 15:30
Location: Teaching Room 2, Level 1 Laidlaw Library

All staff – Virtual drop in
We are also offering an additional virtual session using Blackboard Collaborate.

When: Thursday 14th April, 10:00 – 16:00
Location: Online using Blackboard Collaborate
Session link: goo.gl/Sg1teR (this link will only work when the session is underway)
Note: You will need download and open the .collab file to access the session. The file will be saved to your downloads folder. Detailed information on this is available in the guide.

Prepare for the session:

  • Ensure your PC has the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher installed. All staff managed Windows desktops already have Collaborate installed, if you are using your own PC or Mac see the guide.
  • You will need a microphone.
  • Access the test room to configure your audio before the session.

Want a drop in clinic in your School or Faculty? Dial 33333 and ask for a callback.

Online collaboration tips

The Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom was launched earlier this academic year. It includes audio, video, text chat, an interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint display, application sharing, breakout rooms, polling, quizzes and session recording.

Whether you are new to Collaborate and want some ideas on what can be achieved, or are an existing a user in need of some inspiration, read our collection of example setup scenarios focusing on student led sessions, access for external speakers, virtual office hours and cross module rooms.

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/staff/collab/collaborate/rooms/setups/

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk.

PowerPoint and Blackboard Collaborate

There is known issue preventing staff from uploading PowerPoint files to Blackboard Collaborate meaning that slides need to be added by exporting them as images. They can then be loaded into a Collaborate session.

Note: Images converted using PowerPoint for Windows that are more than 9 slides will need to be reordered upon loading into Collaborate.

For instructions on how to do this, and further information on Blackboard Collaborate see our guide.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk.