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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Blackboard review by <span>Nathan  R.</span>
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Collaborate has its limitations.

What do you like best?

I enjoy the ability to be able set up one Collaborate room for multiple courses. Additionally, the ability to share content and the white board helps with visuals.

What do you dislike?

My biggest gripe with BB Collaborate is how it is cumbersome if you do not have it in a course shell. I believe that being able to access it freely would allow it to become more efficient. The learning curve for setting up rooms and sessions is a little more steep than I would like. One of biggest hurdles in implementing technology across a college campus is ensuring that it will be easy to learn. Studies show that overly difficult tech can hinder student performance and faculty buy in. Therefore, having a difficult virtual meeting system hurts the overall mission of providing quality online education. If the users are tech saavy, then it usually is not an issue. However, it can be an issue when working with non-traditional students who have not grown up with technology in the "classroom."

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be aware that you this product is best used within the BB LMS for college courses. If you are looking for an external virtual meeting system, then you would be wise to look into something more akin to Zoom or Skype.

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

We're using it to help faculty reach out to their students virtually. The big benefit being that it's integrated within Blackboard. Faculty tend to be hesitant of employing tools that exist externally from Blackboard--like Zoom. Since Collaborate is within Blackboard, faculty tend to gravitate toward it a little more easier.

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My Experience with Blackboard Collaborate

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.

Recommendations to others considering the product

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.

What Web Conferencing solution do you use?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Recommendations to others considering the product

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.

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

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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