Blackboard Collaborare Ultra: January Update

Blackboard Collaborate is Saint Joseph’s University’s web conferencing system accessible through Blackboard Learn. Collaborate ultra is updated monthly to improve the teaching and learning experience. In this release we are excited to introduce persistent content.

  • You can now enjoy the benefits of WebRTC using your Firefox® browser. This mean that all Firefox® users will experience audio and video improvements and moderators will also benefit from desktop and application sharing.
  • You can now host sessions that have up to 250 participants attending.
  • The recording player now has the same look and feel as your Collaborate session. We’ve updated the interface to make it easier to use and more accessible.

For a complete list of updates and changes, please review our Collaborate with the Ultra experience January update feature brief.

When will the update take place?

Blackboard will be releasing the Collaborate with the Ultra experience January update on December 28th,  2016.

  • All Collaborate Ultra users will be updated on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

How will users access this release?

Faculty and students will automatically have access to the August update after the upgrade.

What supporting resources are available?

To help you, new documentation and knowledge base articles will be published on the day of the release.

 

Collaborate Ultra Update – 9/10

Blackboard Collaborate is Saint Joseph’s University’s web conferencing system accessible through Blackboard Learn(https://learn.sju.edu). Collaborate ultra is updated monthly to improve the teaching and learning experience. In this release we are excited to introduce persistent content!
  • Persistent Content: After creating a session, moderators can open it any time and load the files they want to share. These files stay in the session until deleted by a moderator. Load them once and reuse them as often as you want.
For a complete list of updates and changes, please review the Collaborate with the Ultra experience September update features article.
When will the update take place?
Blackboard will be releasing the Collaborate with the Ultra experience September update on September 10, 2016.
  • All Collaborate Ultra users will be updated on Saturday, September 10, 2016
How will users access this release?
Faculty and students will automatically have access to the August update after the upgrade.
What supporting resources are available?
To help you, new documentation and knowledge base articles will be published on the day of the release.
September Update Feature Brief (Available Now)
Updated Collaborate with the Ultra experience help documentation (Available September 10, 2016)

Summer 2016 – Collaborate Updates

A new Java-free version of Blackboard Collaborate is available Now.  Classified as the “Ultra Experience,” this release of Bb Collaborate uses the web browser as the delivery format for virtual classrooms, meetings, and other engagement opportunities.
 
Bb Collaborate Ultra provides:
  •  A clutter-free, intuitive interface
  • Crisp audio & hi-definition video
  • Dynamic adjustments according to bandwidth and network access
  • New roles:
    • Captioner, which allows faculty to provide accessible alternatives to audio content for participants who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as for participants whose native language is different from the moderator’s
  • Participant, which allow students to present without giving them full moderator privileges
  • A basic whiteboard
  • Image, PDF, and PowerPoint sharing
  • Desktop Sharing
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Polling Tool
  • learn about how to use this new tool.
Contact the Technical Support Center to schedule a time to  learn more about how to use this new tool.

See below for the differences the old version and Ultra.

Differences between Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Collaborate Classic

Bb Collaborate Classic
Bb Collaborate Ultra
  • Requires Java and periodic application updates
  • Supports whiteboard, app/desktop sharing, web tours
  • Recordings are accessible in Blackboard Learn. They are in Java format, but can be converted to MP4
  • Room capacity supports up to 1,000 participants
  • Sessions can be scheduled in Blackboard Learn
  • The Chrome browser provides the best experience with WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication)
  • A specific Chrome extension is required for desktop/app sharing in a session
  • Recordings: Moderators can record their sessions and share them.
  • Recordings are supported as streaming MP4s.
  • Recordings only contain the primary content/video and audio. Chat and participant lists are not currently recorded.
  • Collaborate Ultra’s room capacity is currently limited to 125 users.
  • Scheduling tools are not yet available in the Bb Learn interface.

Blackboard Training Workshops – November 2011

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for any of the sessions below.

Blackboard 9.1 Getting Started

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.
Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Wednesday Nov16, 3:00-4:30 Bb Getting Started

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center
The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool.
The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students.
Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

The Bb9.1 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Wednesday Nov 2, 2:00-3:30 Bb Grade Center
Wednesday Nov 16, 11:30-1:00 Bb Grade Center

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Wimba

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.
Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing
Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:
• Have a general knowledge of how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.
• Have a working knowledge of how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Wimba” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Tuesday Nov 8, 11:30-1:00 Bb Wimba

Blackboard 9.1 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class. You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students. You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.
Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:
• Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space
The Bb9.1 “Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Monday Nov 14, 8:00-9:30 Bb Blogs and Wiki

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Assessment
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn, with a focus on creating and grading tests.
There are five major stages, you will experience a test as a student, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade assessments.
We will also discuss best practices in online assessment, and explore how statistics can help evaluate the effectiveness of assessments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Tuesday Nov 8, 2:00-3:30 Bb Assessment

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Safe Assign

SafeAssign is a valuable tool for encouraging original writing and proper citation practices within your course.

SafeAssign compares your students’ work with previously submitted papers and published works from several databases, including, Internet, ProQuest ABI/Inform database, Institutional document archives with papers submitted by students at your institution, Global Reference Database with papers voluntarily submitted by students from Blackboard® client institutions.

Once a paper is submitted in SafeAssign, a report is generated that indicates the percentage of the paper that matches existing sources. This overall score can be an indicator that you need to review the paper more closely.
The SafeAssign report also shows the suspected source for each section of the paper that returns a match, allowing you to easily investigate whether the text was properly attributed.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Self and Peer Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Wednesday, Nov, 9 3:00-4:30 Bb Safe Assign
Tuesday, Nov 15 2:00-3:30 Bb Safe Assign

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Rubrics
The Bb Rubrics tool allows you to specify criteria and performance levels for grading, providing clear guidelines for students, instructors, and teach assistants.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Rubrics” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Tuesday, Nov 15 11:30-1:00 Bb Rubrics

Blackboard Workshops for Faculty – October 2011

The following Bb Workshops have been scheduled for October 2011.
There will be additional workshops scheduled for November 2011.

Spring 2011 Courses:

Spring 2011 courses will be available in Bb on October 24, 2011.

Blackboard 9.1 Getting Started
This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.
Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.
Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday October 11 2:30-4:00 Getting Started

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool.
The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students.
Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

The Bb9.1 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 4 11:30-1:00 Bb Grade Center
Thursday, Oct 6 4:30-6:00 Bb Grade Center

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Wimba

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.
Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing
Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:
• Have a general knowledge of how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.
• Have a working knowledge of how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Wimba” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 5 4:00-5:30 Bb Wimba

Blackboard 9.1 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class. You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students. You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.
Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:
• Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space

The Bb9.1 “Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday, Oct 10 8:00-9:30 Bb Blogs Wiki

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Assessment

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn, with a focus on creating and grading tests.
There are five major stages, you will experience a test as a student, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade assessments.
We will also discuss best practices in online assessment, and explore how statistics can help evaluate the effectiveness of assessments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 5 11:30-1:00 Bb Assessment
Monday, Oct 10 11:00-12:30 Bb Assessment

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Self and Peer Assessment

The Self and Peer Assessment tool enables students to review and evaluate work submitted by themselves or their peers.
Using criteria specified by the instructor and optional sample responses, students can assign points and provide feedback on submitted assignments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Self and Peer Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 25 11:30-1:00 Bb Self and Peer Asssessment

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Safe Assign

SafeAssign is a valuable tool for encouraging original writing and proper citation practices within your course. SafeAssign compares your students’ work with previously submitted papers and published works from several databases, including, Internet, ProQuest ABI/Inform database, Institutional document archives with papers submitted by students at your institution, Global Reference Database with papers voluntarily submitted by students from Blackboard® client institutions.

Once a paper is submitted in SafeAssign, a report is generated that indicates the percentage of the paper that matches existing sources. This overall score can be an indicator that you need to review the paper more closely.
The SafeAssign report also shows the suspected source for each section of the paper that returns a match, allowing you to easily investigate whether the text was properly attributed.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Self and Peer Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 25 2:00-3:30 Bb Safe Assign

Wednesday, Oct 26 3:00-4:30 Bb Safe Assign

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Rubrics

The Bb Rubrics tool allows you to specify criteria and performance levels for grading, providing clear guidelines for students, instructors, and teach assistants.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Rubrics” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 26 8:00-9:30 Bb Rubrics

Blackboard Server Errors

Over the weekend, you may have received numerous email notices of announcements from old courses in Blackboard. This was a campus wide issue. Our Blackboard administrators have been in contact with Blackboard support to resolve this issue. We will keep you posted with a resolution.
Thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at 610-660-2920 or helpdesk@sju.edu

Blackboard Inaccessible

The Blackboard System will be down on Sunday, February 13 from 7am until 11am.

During this time, Blackboard patches will be applied to fix defects in the currently installed system release. In addition, modifications to existing Interactive Tools will no longer render the tools inoperable. Some of these tools include features in the Discussion Board, Blog, Journal, and Wiki areas.

Access to Blackboard will be available during this time.

No other services will be affected.

If you have any questions, please contact the Helpdesk.

Blackboard Workshops

IT is offering the following workshops:

All workshops will be held in Science 129 (On the ground floor of the Science Building)

Workshops will be repeated on the following dates.

Please rsvp: labonis@sju.edu

Bb Getting Started

Feb 23, 5:00-6:30

March 1, 5:00-6:30

Bb Grade Center

Feb 11, 10:00-11:30

Feb 22, 5:00-6:30

March 2, 5:00-6:30

Blogs and Wiki

Feb 18, 10:00-11:30

March 15, 1:30-3:00

Wimba

Feb 25, 10:00-11:30

March 16, 3:30-5:00

Wimba notes:

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.

Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

· Have a general knowledge of how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.

· Have a working knowledge of how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

Blogs and Wiki notes:

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class. You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students. You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

* Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space