Tools for Office Hours - Blackboard Collaborate

Webinar Series Last week we covered Appear.in as a tool for conducting online conferences. This week we’re going to go over the same steps for creating persistent and scheduled online conferencing spaces, but with Blackboard Collaborate. The differences between Collaborate and Appear.in make them both useful, we think, for different applications. Appear.in is very simple and easy to use, but has limits to the numbers of students who can be in there at the same time, fewer tools, and isn’t built into Blackboard. Collaborate is far more robust. First off, the way to access Blackboard Collaborate is by clicking “Course Tools” (or “Organization Tools” if the course is taking place in an organization, as is the case with our IDS Sandbox pictured… Read more >>
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Webinar: Tools for Online Office Hours - Appear.in

Webinar Series Two weeks ago we conducted a webinar in which we presented two conferencing tools as excellent options for holding synchronous office hours for an online class—appear.in and Blackboard Collaborate. We chose these tools, specifically, because we feel that they can be used in conjunction to respond to different needs. Blackboard Collaborate is robust, feature rich, and built into Blackboard directly, but it is also complicated. Appear.in is much simpler to use, but it can’t handle more than 6 students at a time, it isn’t built directly into Blackboard and it isn’t as feature rich. We wanted to cover how to use both tools so faculty and administrators could pick and choose what works best for them in their… Read more >>
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