Experience Blackboard Collaborate!
Blackboard Collaborate is UWF's online classroom for eLearning that allows instructors to conduct classes and hold online office hours over the Internet. Blackboard Collaborate combines on-screen content, audio, video, and a comprehensive set of online tools to simulate a traditional class setting. Blackboard Collaborate sessions take place in real time, with students and instructors working from their own computers. The sessions can also be recorded for future reference or for those who couldn't make it to the live session.
The tools available in Blackboard Collaborate provide limitless possibilities for innovative instructors. Application sharing, web tours, and multimedia allow instructors to provide visual demonstrations of classroom topics. Breakout rooms provide the opportunity for students who live far away to work together in small groups. Quizzes and class polling let instructors gauge student's understanding during class. Direct messaging, full duplex audio, and video from webcams make class a two-way conversation. A whiteboard for on-screen annotation and displaying PowerPoint delivers content just like a traditional class.
Blackboard Collaborate is known for making its online classroom available to all students regardless of their Internet connection. With Blackboard Collaborate, even students using dial-up Internet are not left behind. This gives instructors the freedom to use the tools that best communicate their subject.
Instructors using Blackboard Collaborate must have speakers or headphones and a microphone. All students must have computer speakers or headphones. Student microphones are recommended. Webcams are optional.