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Covid-19 teaching continuity


Please be advised that UCL's Education planning 2020-21 webpages offer fully up-to-date resources and guidance to support colleagues to teach remotely across a variety of approaches, including lectures, seminars and group study, tutorials, and project supervision. You are advised to follow links at this location rather than search for resources independently.

Drop in sessions for Blackboard Collaborate will be offered to support staff in teaching online. Please visit the Digital Education blog for further information. Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (ppt) - feel free to use any slides from here for your own presentations. Slide 1 is a good example of an intro slide.

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Blackboard Collaborate is UCL's web conferencing or online classroom platform. It is integrated within Moodle as an activity, providing access to a range of different functions in a live, or synchronous, learning environment. These features include:

  • Audio and video conferencing;
  • Presentation and whiteboard facilities;
  • Application sharing;
  • Text chat for student discussion and questions;
  • Tools for hand-raising and reactions;
  • Polling;
  • Breakout rooms for small group activities.

Collaborate can be used for a variety of teaching and learning activities, including seminars and interactive group study, Q&A discussions, guest lectures, and tutorials. It can also act as an informal course meeting space and be used with participants from outside of UCL.


 (warning) The maximum number of participants for a given session (including moderators and presenters) is 250. If you require greater than 250 participants but less that 500 please follow the guidance here https://wiki.ucl.ac.uk/x/VQm1C

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