Blackboard Collaborate is a new online collaborative learning solution that provides a simple and reliable means to engage students in an online environment. It will be replacing GoToMeeting as the tool for providing web conferencing and virtual meetings here at Western Carolina University, and will become available at the end of December. Blackboard Collaborate is conveniently accessible from within Blackboard Learn courses. Some of the features of Collaborate are high definition audio and video, application sharing, and simple web conferencing with hand raising and polling capabilities, all designed with higher education in mind. It makes creating breakout rooms within your Blackboard course an easy option.
The Coulter Faculty Commons will be offering three seminars in the next several months to help faculty become familiar with all that Blackboard Collaborate can do to help stimulate and engage students and ultimately provide a simple and effective way to meet the challenges of online teaching. If you have ever thought of using a virtual classroom or flipping your class, Blackboard Collaborate is the essential tool to help you re-envision your online teaching practices. Keep checking the CFC Newsletter for the upcoming workshop dates. Be ready to register and take advantage of the opportunity to learn this new and exciting collaborative learning solution!