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An online classroom, web conferencing, or meeting platform designed for online teaching and learning. It enables students and staff to connect remotely from anywhere with a internet connection, incorporating audio, video, and visual cues, alongside a shared whiteboard and application sharing. Collaborate also features polling, a timer, and breakout rooms, and sessions can be recorded to be viewed at a later time.
Collaborate sessions are within a Moodle course via the 'Add an activity or resource' link.
Blackboard Ultra can be used in various ways to meet the learning needs or activities of your students, below are a few examples of what it has been used for.
Usually Academics and Administrators will set up and moderate sessions, but students could also be given these permissions.
There is an option to allow external people without a UCL login to join sessions via an external link.
You will need your UCL Moodle account and a Moodle Course/Module on which to create an Ultra session. Firefox and Google Chrome are the recommended browsers.
The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Orientation:
Provide an indicator of effort (such as timings or page counts) for all compulsory tasks
Link to instructions for any e-learning tools that students are expected to use.
For Student Active Participation it is suggested that:
Login to Moodle and click on your course and "Turn Editing On”.
Then in the appropriate topic of your course click on “Add an Activity or Resource” and select Ultra.
Lets go through each of the settings in turn:
The Interface is user friendly with three main areas the media space, session menu and collaborate panel. For a full overview of the interface and navigation, please see the guide from Blackboard: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Get_Started/Navigation
Below is the guide for what each icon refers to in Ultra
Preferred Browser: Google Chrome and Firefox are the advised browser to use to get the most from Ultra.
More information please see: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Get_Started/Browser_Support
Ultra offers an accessible platform.
It offers screen reader access, keyboard navigation, playback shortcut and navigating the panels.
NB: For the best Blackboard Collaborate Ultra experience with your screen reader use Firefox® and Jaws on a Windows® system. On a Mac® use Safari® and VoiceOver.
In the Ultra settings, enabled 'Allow Collaborate guest access', and set the default role for your guests (usually Participant).
Then when you click the link to your session, underneath the Join button you'll see a link. Share this link with your guests.
250 simultaneous users.
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