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  • Hi everyone

    Just extending my network here to find out what advice anyone could give me about training and support guidance on Blackboard Collaborate which we are slowly rolling out to academics at the University of Leeds.

    I have created a scoop-it link of just a few resources for the moment at http://www.scoop.it/t/support-for-research-and-innovation-universit...

     If anyone would be willing to share any more up-to-date resources on Collaborate please do let me know and I will add them to this scoop-it link for the benefit of everyone.


    Beth Snowden

    Academic Staff Development Officer

    • Hi Beth,

      Here is our university support link:  http://coursessupport.gmu.edu/coursetools.cfm?categoryname=Bb%20Col...

      This should give you a sense for the issues we have needed to support with the Java-based version.  If you have the newer and incomplete Ultra version that isn't Java-based, then some of these resources won't be of use.  I believe we will migrate over to Ultra slowly in the spring.



  • Hello, I'm Allison Hamilton. I work for Ultimate Medical Academy a for profit Allied Healthcare school. I have been our Collaborate "specialist/SME" for about 3 years.

  • Hi


    My name is Meg. I am the Learning Technology Development Manager at Edge Hill University. We've just licensed a Departmental License for Collaborate and we're using the latest Blackboard Building Block.


    We've had some successful pilot projects leading up to this and are now pretty comfortable in terms of understanding the product capabilities & advising / supporting staff & students. What we're now needing to do is develop our metrics monitoring & produce some formal policy/procedural guidance for sessions & recordings management, archive practices, etc. I'm wondering how best to encourage usage within the parameters of our agreement (ie. storage/conversion/session /download/user quotas).


    Has anyone developed anything like this already that they'd be willing to share?  What advice/management strategies do you employ?


    Best wishes



  • Hi everyone! We're excited for our presentation on GEC 2012 this November 14, 4 p.m. Asia/Manila time.

    Here's our link to our presentation.


    We do hope that somebody could help and guide us out during our presentation.

    See you everyone!

    - Rolan

    - Rosalina

    - Lucila

  • My Profile: eTwinning ambassador, quite interested in educational projects all around the world. We have tried to integrate in our projects with other countries ICT tools to improve languages and general learning in our pupils, such as chat, collaborative mental maps and posters, videocalls and all the tools we can use in blogs, wikis and websites to make sure our communication and aims are successful. Actually we are quite interested in opening new projects with other countries all over the world with Iearn or Skype in the classroom. We are working hard to motivate our teacher to start working in this line, such as joining The Global Education Conference and to use Blackboard Collaborate. 

    Collaborative Bilingual Blog: http://schoolsanmiguel.blogspot.com.es/

    My classteacher blog for pupils: http://elperchero3.blogspot.com.es/

    ICT blog: http://grupoticdeyolandaegea.wordpress.com/

    Scoop it: http://www.scoop.it/u/yolanda-egea#pg=1&mi=topics&si=curate...

    eTwinning profile: http://www.etwinning.net/es/pub/profile.cfm?f=3&l=es&n=46563


  • Hi everyone, My name is Heather Davis and I am from a small city outside of Toronto.  For the past eight years I have been an elementary/primary classroom teacher at an international school in Beijing. I now work as the Technology Integration Specialist for Grades 2-5 at the American School of Guatemala in Guatemala City. I am involved in training and supporting teachers as they take the steps to incorporate and create plans to design authentic experiences for their students using technology, predominately iPads, in their classrooms.


    I have only used Blackboard once before as a presenter though I have attended many sessions in the community.  I am very nervous as I face this new challenge as I want to provide the session attendees with a smooth, personal and professional experience.  It is also not helping that my MacBook Pro has to have the hard drive replaced and I am working on a borrowed HP laptop.  :)  I am very interested in this technology and look forward to becoming more comfortable using it.


    Professional Blog:  http://teachlesslearnmore.edublogs.org



    • Welcome, Heather. This is a good place to ask Collaborate questions and find resources. :0)

      I have a Mac as well. A tip I want to pass along is to hold off on getting the new Java 7 update installed on your Mac. Blackboard isn't yet compatible and while a Windows machine seems less troubled by moving ahead to 7 (my son's Window's machine is Java 7) it is sheer disaster for a moderator on a Mac. Wait a bit until both Java and Blackboard are a bit further in getting everything smoothed out. I moved forward about 2 weeks ago and app share and webtour on Flash pages were both impossible to use. I found instructions for rolling back to 6 and that fixed everything. My guess is that a fix is on the near horizon since Java and Apple have published plans to push all machines to Java 7 Webstart in December. I asked Blackboard Tech support if they had a date to be ready and only got a response that no date is available. The next maintenance/update e-mail went out yesterday and they had two bug fixes that will be repaired (one I reported about closed captioning and the focus changing) but it had no mention about Java. I think one of the things that has made this Java update a bumpy ride is that for the last few years Apple stepped in and insisted it would be the one to roll out the Java updates to Macs. Then this year they suddenly announced that Java would have to take the ball back. 

  • Hi everyone!

    Thanks Sir Steve for creating this site.

    I'm Rolan.  My full name is Rolando R. Barcelon, I'm a Master Teacher I in Science at Quirino High School, Quezon City, Philippines.  I'm new to this site. I hope I can this all right.

    God bless everyone!

    - Rolan

  • Hello to all!  I am glad to be joining this community.  I have played around with blackboard, and I like it.  But I think that it takes some real expertise to do online teaching well.  So I'll be watching and listening.  I have a lot to learn about this way of reaching people!

    By way of introduction, my professional interests include: reading comprehension instruction; learning differences; the history of reading and readers; the future of reading and readers.  My work has, for well over two decades, been focused on the use of paper scrolls -- the ancient, and marvelously low-tech, rolled book -- to reach struggling readers and to teach comprehension skills and course content to all readers.

    The unrolled scroll is the only book format that is explicit -- which is to say that it is literally "unrolled" (ex + plicare), and hence fully revealed and wide open to understanding.  No other format does this -- which is why I think that scrolls are such a good fit for teaching and learning.  You'll find more about my work in the following places:

    * www.textmapping.org

    * www.textmapping.org/whWorkshopNotes.html#introductionHead

    * www.pinterest.com/source/textmapping.org

    * http://www.classroom20.com/profiles/blogs/649749:BlogPost:190834

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