To integrate technology into all of our courses and programmes, the University of Reading uses Blackboard Collaborate to carry out web conferences between tutor and students.
This allows students to tune into lectures and learning materials from wherever they are, and tutors to create virtual classrooms to engage the students they teach online.
Tutors are able to record lectures and share them on Blackboard, so learning material is always available online. Being able to use technology in this way gives students a deeper education experience as they are able to access course resources whenever they like.
APPROACHES AND TEACHING TECHNIQUES
There are many different Blackboard Collaborate approaches and teaching techniques tutors can apply to their courses for a more enriched learning experience for students.
We have put together comprehensive instructions on getting started with Blackboard Collaborate to help tutors.
It is possible for tutors to record their Blackboard Collaborate sessions so students can watch them again or at a later date if needed.
MANAGING YOUR COLLABORATE SESSION
The session leader is able to invite participants who aren't enrolled in the Blackboard course to take part, and can manage the roles in a Collaborate session.
During a Collaborate session, tutors are able to share additional content with participants including blank whiteboards and files.
PROMOTING INTERACTION AND COLLABORATION
To encourage interaction and engagement from participants during a Collaborate session, there are a number of built-in tools a tutor can use.
PRACTICAL RESOURCES FOR STAFF TO USE
Our practical resources for Blackboard Collaborate help tutors to get the best out of their sessions and to give students the best learning experience possible.
COLLABORATE CASE STUDIES
The TEL team have compiled a list of Blackboard Collaborate case studies to demonstrate how some of our Schools and Departments have used it effectively.
Blackboard Collaborate is accessible for screen reader users and allows navigation and live closed captioning using keyboard controls.