What do you like best?
Blackboard Collaborate provides an important venue for students who are more introverted but who still want to engage with course content. It allows the deeper thinkers to reveal their advanced observations while serving as a great place for the hesitant learner to develop their responses to instruction.
What do you dislike?
Sometimes the text boxes and other dialogue components within Blackboard Collaborate can malfunction. The student or participant will be typing, video-chatting, or recording, and the box they were using will simply disappear from view. This could be a problem with hardware rather than Collaborate, but in our experience, it has happened frequently.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Be aware of its benefits and its potential drawbacks.. Blackboard Collaborate can allow students to use the digital tools that they are native to, but it can also create digital conflicts that require monitoring and moderation by the instructor.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
The student who might not be as engaged in the "live" classroom is made more comfortable by the degree of separation provided by BB Collaborate. Much like the student who fears eye contact being made more comfortable with glasses, BB Collaborate provides an extra "buffer" that allows students to become more authentic and think out their answers.