Q. How do I use Collaborate? (Virtual Classroom)
The University’s online Virtual Classroom tool Blackboard Collaborate Ultra enables you to interact with your students online through webcams, screen sharing, and chat.
In order to use Collaborate it must be made available within a NILE site, we suggest staff contact the Learning Technology team to assist with this and to provide training on the tool.
Once Collaborate has been made available, it can be added as a tool link on the left navigation bar. Students will then be able to access their sessions through their NILE site. Staff can also use the guest link feature to and provide a URL, and may or send this to students using the announcements tool.
In both methods, students will access the link through a browser on a PC/Mac (Chrome is recommended), or if using a mobile or tablet they will need to install the Blackboard App: https://uk.blackboard.com/mobile-learning/blackboard-app.html
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tutorial
A recorded session from a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra expert walks through the basics of Collaborate Ultra and its many uses for online courses.
Collaborate community – NILE
This community site has been set up to record all staff training for Collaborate and provides detailed guides on the software.
Collaborate technical requirements
Software: The latest version of Chrome* (* Chrome is required for screen sharing) or Firefox
Internet: A fast reliable Internet connection** (**ideally a wired network connection)
Device: A laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device.