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With Blackboard Collaborate, users can create virtual collaborative spaces, such as an online course session, office hours, or a committee meeting. Users can see others via webcams, hear and ask questions via voice or instant messaging, and share presentations and ideas using a common whiteboard or by sharing desktops. Sessions can be recorded.
Blackboard Collaborate can be used within a Blackboard Learn course to offer a virtual classroom session, automatically giving all enrolled students access. Faculty also have the option to post recorded sessions with other course materials in their Blackboard Learn courses.
Virtual meetings or office hours using Blackboard Collaborate allow participants to collaborate by sharing documents and presentations, discussing in real time, or by using a common whiteboard.
Blackboard Collaborate requires no software installation and is web browser and operating system independent. A small Java application is downloaded and installed when a user connects, taking less than two minutes on an average computer.
Blackboard Collaborate is available to all faculty and staff through an unlimited campuswide three-year contract beginning March, 2010. For support or information, contact John Chapman at the Faculty Technology Center at email@example.com or 575-7401.
Blackboard Collaborate support documentation is available at techarticles.uark.edu/collaborate.