Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Biology eAcademy: Blackboard Collaborate and Our PLCs

Humboldt State University campus, Arcata, Cali...
The CSU is using Blackboard Collaborate for 19 campuses. The Professional Learning Communities that are coming out of the eAcademies will be meeting  every two weeks in Collaborate. The Biology eAcademy will be continuing using Collaborate.

Brett Christie opened up Collaborate and uploaded his PowerPoint presentation to the Collaborate whiteboard.

Collaborate is online meeting software. It includes video, audio, text chat, and a whiteboard. It has polling functions, the ability to share resources, give web tours, screen and application sharing, and many other useful features. You can use Collaborate to capture lectures and screencasts. It allows for breakout rooms, multimedia playback, and sharing files.

We use Collaborate at Humboldt State and any of our faculty can contact me, Morgan Barker, or Margaret Arroyo for support. It is also integrated with our installation of Moodle. Instructors have used Collaborate for optional weekly meetings, online office hours, mid-term and finals review sessions.

Information on using Blackboard Collaborate for screensharing:

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