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**NEW** Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing

Personal interaction between you and your students is one of the most valuable elements of quality teaching and learning experiences. However, it can be challenging to maintain high levels of interaction when your students are not in a classroom, such as in blended or online courses, or with students who are not often on campus. Web conferencing tools, when properly implemented, promote collaboration and interaction while still allowing flexibility in travel and space. These tools allow you to conduct live class sessions with students online as well as to offer virtual office hours to students who are not on campus. Students can use web conferencing to collaborate on group projects, as well.

The new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is now available for all faculty and staff at UNMC! Collaborate has been completely redesigned to make anytime synchronous collaboration simpler, more reliable, and more enjoyable with exciting new features like:

  • Brand-new architecture that runs directly in a browser – no need for Java!
  • A modern aesthetic and streamlined interface
  • HD audio and video
  • Quick & easy file and application sharing
  • Mobile access to live sessions (via the Bb Student app) and recordings
  • Instant and convenient text chat

Interested faculty and staff do not need any previous experience with Blackboard Collaborate or any other web conferencing system to quickly learn to present and communicate with Collaborate Ultra.

Description

Blackboard Collaborate is a comprehensive online learning and collaboration tool designed specifically for education. Faculty, staff and students can create live sessions easily and free of charge, and engage an interact for teaching, learning and other purposes.  You can create a session from a course, a community or even a direct session!

Blackboard Collaborate helps you to create virtual classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces that open more possibilities for effective learning experiences and interactions through online, blended, and mobile learning.  It helps to open up all-new aspects of real time, or anytime, learning to engage more faculty, staff, students and guests and improve outcomes. For first time users, click on the one-time only System Requirement check.  Blackboard will let you know if you have everything you need to get started.  The process is simple!

**If interested in using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, please contact blackboard@unmc.edu.

**Training sessions will be offered in Spring 2016. For questions, please contact Faye.Haggar@unmc.edu.

 

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