How to set up audio for Blackboard Collaborate.

Whether recording a session or listening to a previously recorded session, you and your students will need to run the Audio Set-up Wizard in order to hear any audio associated with a Blackboard Collaborate session. Running the Audio Setup Wizard will ensure the microphone and speakers you are using are configured to work with Collaborate. You will only need to run the Audio Setup Wizard one time. NOTE: If you use multiple web browsers, you will need to run the Audio Set-up Wizard once for each browser.

To access the Audio Set-up Wizard:

  1. From the main Blackboard Collaborate interface, select Tools > Audio > Audio Setup Wizard.
  2. Follow the prompts to test your speakers and microphone.

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How to Deploy a Recorded Blackboard Collaborate Session

To deploy a recorded blackboard collaborate session:

  1. Access the recording though Control Panel > Course Tools > Bb Collaborate > Recordings and choose the recording you want to deploy.
  2. Click the action link next to the session title and select Add Content Item.
  3. Modify the session name if needed and select the content area where you want to session link to appear.
  4. Provide optional descriptions, comments, or display dates.
  5. Click Submit. A link to the recording is added to the selected content page.

How to Run a Blackboard Collaborate Session

You’ve created and deployed your Blackboard Collaborate session and now you’re ready to meet with your class online. Follow the steps below to run your Blackboard Collaborate session.

NOTE: You will follow the same steps to record an asynchronous session for your students to access and watch on their own.

  1. From Control Panel > Course Tools > Blackboard Collaborate, click the session you want to access. NOTE: Java is needed to launch a Blackboard Collaborate session. You may be required to download and launch a Java applet to continue. You may also be prompted to select your connection type.
  2. Once the Blackboard Collaborate session opens, load any content (e.g. PowerPoint slides) and test your microphone/webcam, if necessary. Click here to learn more about the available Blackboard Collaborate Session tools.
  3. Once you are ready to begin, click Start to begin recording the session.
  4. Once the session is finished, click the Recording button to stop/pause the recording. NOTE: Recording button is actually a “Pause” button. Each session is a continuing recording session for the duration of the scheduled time. You can click on the Recording button to pause the recording and then click on the Recording button again to resume the recording. NOTE: Recorded session cannot be created until every student leaves the room.
  5. Click OK to verify you want to stop/pause the recording.
  6. When you are finished with the session, click File > Save > Chat or Participants list or Quiz or Whiteboard to save data any from the course meeting, if necessary.
  7. Close out the session window. Click OK to confirm you want to leave the session. NOTE: The session will remain open and accessible until the predetermined end time.

How to Create a Blackboard Collaborate Session

Yes! Blackboard Learn has a built-in virtual classroom system called Blackboard Collaborate (not to be confused with the Learn tool called Collaboration). You can use Blackboard Collaborate to meet with your class synchronously at a predetermined time. You can also record lectures in Blackboard Collaborate and have students view them at their convenience.  Follow the instructions below to create and deploy a Blackboard Collaborate session.

Step I: Schedule a Session
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Blackboard Collaborate.
  2. Click the Create Session button.
  3. Edit the session name, if desired.
  4. Set the Start Date and End Date.
  5. Edit other settings as desired.
  6. Click Submit to create the session.

Step II: Deploy the Session

You have two main options when deploying a Blackboard Collaborate session.

Option 1:

  1. After the session has been created, access it from Control Panel > Course Tools > Blackboard Collaborate.
  2. Click on the action link next to the session title and select Add Content Item.
  3. Select the content area where you’d like the Blackboard Collaborate link to display.
  4. Enter any optional instructions or display dates.
  5. Click Submit to populate the session in the content area for students to access.
Option 2:
  1. During the creation of the new session, click on the Content Area tab on top of the Create Session page.
  2. Follow steps 3-5 from Option 1.

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