Web Conferencing at Western

 What is Blackboard Collaborate?

Blackboard Collaborate (bbc) is the web conferencing system at Western. bbc is a collaborative, interactive learning environment that supports both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recordings) learning experiences.  It can be used for virtual classrooms, office and meeting spaces and web conferencing.  It supports multiple learning styles.  It can be used for online, blended, flipped and mobile learning.  It can be used for both individual learning experiences and group activities. The system requires a Java-enabled Internet browser as well as an Internet connection to run.  Using bbc does not require any knowledge of web page creation.

Why use Blackboard Collaborate?

bbc allows instructors and students to interact with one another regardless of location.  Participants are able to have real-time discussions and interactions through video, audio, text, and content sharing.  

Some features include:

  • Simultaneous Video
  • Conferencing Application
  • Sharing Web Browsing
  • Collaborative Whiteboard Interactions
  • Breakout rooms for smaller group discussion
  • Recording/Archiving Capabilities
  • Surveys and Simple Assessments

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