Ideas for Using Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate Features

7 Ways of Using Blackboard Collaborate Ideas for Using Collaborate

Live Instruction

Studies show that the ideal solution is a blended learning model with asynchronous and synchronous interaction.


With Blackboard Collaborate, you can easily and effectively host effective meetings, significantly reducing teleconferencing and travel costs and decreasing time away from job.

Asynchronous Content Development

With Blackboard Collaborate, you can create asynchronous content using Blackboard Collaborate’s interactive record and playback functionality. With voice authoring capabilities, your can create a more engaging and effective asynchronous environment by adding a voice component that facilitates vocal instruction, collaboration, personalized coaching, and assessment. Easy podcasting allows instructors to create instant lectures and notes, while voice recordings provide thoughtful, quick feedback to students.

Tutoring Programs
Whether provided by instructors or peers, tutoring via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one to get questions answered or receive help with homework or other assignments. Sessions can be scheduled, or students can drop into to an existing virtual room to connect with the tutor.

Classroom Collaboration
Collaboration at a distance connects students from different locations and cultures to enhance the learning experience.

Virtual Office Hours
Teachers can extend the hours they are available to their students with Blackboard Collaborate virtual office hours. Meet one-on-one or with groups of students.

Virtual Field Trips/Remote Guest Speakers
Online education is all about creating engaging learning environments. Blackboard Collaborate enables you to bring in remote experts to the classroom or send students on a virtual field trip.

this will help me to mix it p on my online courses so neither my students or I get bored.

It will also be good to have some synchronous activities in my online course. I need to adapt my organization of my course to include some more synchroneous activities.


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Social Media

via MarketingProfs Today: Online Reviews | Facebook Targets Next Billion Users | Personalization Pitfalls | News Content.

This is an example of a RSS feed I subscribe to in order to keep up with trends in marketing. Although I teach in the area of communication, I find that there are many aspects of marketing that can be applied to an individual’s brand. As part of my Public Speaking for Professionals course, learners undertake mock job search assignment where they have to locate a position they are qualified for and submit a cover letter and resume for that position. then they  conduct a mock interview with another student to role play an selection interview.

Ready Made Content

via Course: COMM101: Public Speaking.

This example of ready made content would be a way to build a way for students to navigate through  the normal topics of a public speaking course. The basics of making successful speeches are not that difficult to understand. the important part in developing presentation competence is the guided practice that occurs when learners listen to their peer’s speeches and present their own.

This course could fit with my notions of pedagogy because i is clear and straightforward and moves through the important aspects a basic speech course. I like that it covers motivation and communication apprehension easy in the course and then hits listening before it starts with constructing speeches. Listening is often the vital communication skills that is never considered. But without an understanding of the listening process it is difficult to become an accomplished speaker.


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This Scrapbook will showcase these features in the coming weeks 


  • social networking/media 
  • a tool for asynchronous communication
  • a tool for synchronous communication
  • an example of ready-made content
  • some content you’ve produced on your own
  • an assessment or survey tool
  • an elective …. something new you’d like to try
  • Good Blog on Presentations

For a blog that would be helpful for my students, I decided to focus on one of the courses I teach, Public Speaking for Professionals. In this course I have students from business, computing, health, as well as arts and science majors, so the classroom is very diverse. This blog from presentation magazine is a nice example of a generalized blog written by a variety of contributors that can be helpful for students with diverse interests and career goals.

One way I could use this blog in my course would be to make an assignment that students should follow the blog and have them post a response to three posts of their choosing sometime during the semester on an personal journal hosted on Blackboard. T

His way the students could select which articles they though wer the most interesting or applicable to their interests, and they would be able to relate the articles to the speeches they are required to present during the semester.