Getting Started ...
Blackboard Collaborate is a Web Conferencing tool that delivers a virtual classroom atmosphere. This site is meant for University of Hawaii licensed faculty users who are moderators; however, participants can peruse through the site for relevant information.
HELP! I don't know anything about Blackboard Collaborate, where do I go?
Please preview an introductory orientation of Blackboard Collaborate video for your students/participants:
Having problems viewing the video above or want to share the link? Please click here (opens in external Web page).
What are some tips for faculty/moderators?
- Logon at least 30 minutes prior to your session to upload PowerPoint slides, create Breakout Rooms, and configure your audio.
- Have students logon at least 15 minutes prior to your session to configure audio.
- Use a USB headset if at all possible (see below).
- Be connected through a wire/cable (DSL or Road Runner) and NOT through WiFi, broadband, or tethered to a HotSpot.
- Blackboard Collaborate (BbC) can be accessed from any Web browser but we do recommend Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (for Mac users).
- BbC runs on Java so for every session your computer will download a "meeting.jnlp" file (or meeting.collab file for Mac Mountain Lion users).
- Please click here for logon procedures.
Although BbC has an echo cancellation feature, sometimes the computer system's existing microphone/speakers projects feedback or picks up external sounds. Below are the headsets we recommend that you can find on Amazon.com or at your local computer store (i.e., Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot).