Blackboard Collaborate Original - Student-to-Student Interaction Template (UW-Madison)
How to set up a virtual student collaborative space using Blackboard Collaborate.
You can set up a Collaborate session for your students to provide a virtual space for them to interact and collaborate.
Examples: out of class group work, virtual study hall, Q&A sessions, information sharing.
Recommended Organization: In order to set up a virtual space for your students to collaborate and interact you will need to make a session where everyone who joins has moderator privileges. Since multiple students and/or student groups can effectively use a collaborate session at the same time, we recommend setting up a single collaborate session that lasts the entire length of the class. Since this is an informal collaborative space that you will not be monitoring, we also recommend disabling the recording feature. Finally, show your students how to use Collaborate ahead of time, send them to training or make sure they know where to find resources that will help them navigate and use Collaborate (Such as This).
Setting up a Collaborative Web Conference: To set up a virtual space for your students to interact first click on the "Communications" dropdown menu in the navigation bar and select "Web conferencing"
(Note: If you cannot find the web conferencing button it is likely because your navigation bar has been customized. To learn how to insert a link to web conferencing in your navigation bar please see This kb document)
Clicking on the "Web Conferencing" link will take you to the web conferencing homepage in your course. On the home page find and click the blue "New Conference" button.
Next, fill out the required fields (such as naming the web conference). While filling out the properties for your new web conference, make sure you set a start and end date to coincide with the length of the class.
Then, under "Advanced Properties" make sure you check the box next to "All attendees join as moderators" as well as "Participants have unrestricted access to resources
Next, click on the dropdown menu under "Archive Mode" and select "Disabled."
Finally, click on the Add Attendees button. This will take you to a screen where you can add attendees. Click on the "Groups" tab and select the whole course to give every student in the course access. (Note: If you have created groups on the D2L course website, you have the option of creating Collaborate sessions for specific groups instead of for the entire class)
After you hit the blue "Add" button it will return you to the session set-up page. Double-check all your settings and click the blue "Save" button at the bottom. This will create the Collaborate session and make it available to your students.
For information on how to set-up and use various tools in Collaborate, please see the following templates: Here