Blackboard Collaborate

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At the core of Blackboard Collaborate, web conferencing gives you the functionality you need to support a 21st century teaching and learning environment, such as two-way VoIP, multi-point video, built-in phone conferencing, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, mobile collaboration, and session recording.

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What do you like best?

Very easy to use. A beginner can practically jump in and figure out how to use this platform on their own.

What do you dislike?

I dislike some of the limitations such as not being able to upload and/or play some file types. Our company also experiences many "hiccups" which cause the participants and moderators to get bumped out of Bb and cannot reenter.

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Very easy for the users. The curriculum portion seems a bit more difficult to learn how to create initially. Otherwise, a very good platform with many features which allows you to customize it for your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Blackboard allows the company I work for to delivery e-Learning courses to a large group of people. Many of these people are brand new to e-Learning and not very tech savvy. Blackboard makes it easy for them to access the coursework and live sessions. This eases much of the anxiety they experience with entering into something unfamiliar to them.

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Blackboard review by <span>John D.</span>
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Good, but not quite perfect yet

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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.

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Blackboard review by <span>Ruth E.</span>
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Decent product for group collaboration

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What do you like best?

It is easy to use and to connect with other members and instructors to view live presentations and each other. Many features to it such as hands up, mute users and share documents with each other. It also records live streaming so that those can't attend or missed the live seminar can catch up by watching the recordings.

What do you dislike?

There is not much to dislike about it. The only thing is you might have to install plug in to be able to use it. There are times we hear echo sounds when someone trying to connect to it. But these are minor issues and the pros overcomes the cons.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This product has a lot of features to it. It is easy to use and can be learn within minutes. Just play around it and you will be fine. The nice thing about it is that the host can record the presentations so that it can be viewed later.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to connect people where ever they are in the world into one place and interact with each other. We can discuss and show presentations among each other as if we were live in person.

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Blackboard review by <span>Liz C.</span>
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It gets the job done. Most of the time.

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What do you like best?

I enjoy being able to remotely meet with people.

What do you dislike?

It's clunky, first time users have to download and it is not intuitive at all. Like I said above, it gets the job done, but would not be my first choice as a virtual meeting space.

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Again, it gets the job done, but the set up process in extremely clunky. Not only do the first time users have to download and install things, but every time you set up a new room you have to run multiple things and depending on the browser you're using, it hides it, or pops it out to a new window. It's just not user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have faculty who use it for office hours, class presentations, online help sessions.

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Blackboard review by <span>Kingsley S.</span>
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Decent Platform for universities

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What do you like best?

Easy access to courses and course materials

ease of use.

user friendly.

collaboration with professors and share documentations.

Access to content collection .

Can see professor live during lesson times.

Can communicate with professor using inbuilt audio features. Can raise hands to ask question using the raise hand feature.

What do you dislike?

the layout could be better and eye catching. Too many sub \-sections within the layout. Needs constant updating. No access to other university resources

Recommendations to others considering the product

Might be difficult to use at first but play around with it and it will become natural. Ensure you have strong wifi or wired connection so that there is no buffering during lesson times. In addition, have a good headset or computer speaker.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Collaborating with professors on classes i registered for. The benefits i gained were face to face screen feature of blackboard collaboration. In addition seeing course materials etc

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Blackboard review by <span>Jason D. W.</span>
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What do you like best?

We use Blackboard collaborate for our online professional development sessions. The ability to have one designated meeting link makes it easy for us to offer varied sessions but only one link. We can share the link easily via emails or flyers. If a person lost the link we have it posted on our website and they can access it very easily. The phone in part is also great for those that do not have a built in mic to their laptop. The ability to record, save and share sessions is a great feature also. It is pretty intuitive to use and very little learning curve. I highly recommend it.

What do you dislike?

That our version it tied to a closed Blackboard course. We have an open source course for their professional leaning community that cannot be ties into collaborate. We still can use it and share links but it is a hang up having to maintain two "courses".

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very good web based conferencing software that does not require any downloads to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to have one designated link has allowed us to streamline our sessions. Previous software each session had its own link and this lead to some logistical nightmares.

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