We recommend that you use our checklist prior to delivering a session in Collaborate Ultra.
Create a session room for this purpose, or reuse the permanent Course Room.
Assign permissions, a role to students and any date restrictions.
Apply session settings
Make sure you have added a link in Minerva that participants can access.
Linked in Minerva
If you want guests to access the session you will need to obtain a link that can be shared with them prior to the session.
Obtained guest link
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Consider where the session will be delivered, if you don’t have access to a quiet space you may consider booking a room which ideally has wired internet access, or a strong WIFI connection.
Get to know the tools, and if it is the first time you have used Collaborate Ultra, follow the walk through to familiarise yourself with the tool.
You can do this at any time using the Collaborate Ultra test room.
Advise participants to arrive early and check their connection, settings, and configure audio. A full list of checks is listed below in the '20 Minutes before' section below.
If you intend to record a session, make sure that you inform participants of this beforehand.
Inform participants of session recording
If you are expecting questions and may not have time in the session to respond, you may also want to consider asking a colleague to answer questions in the chat.
Prior to the start of a session you should arrive early to check your connection, settings, and configure audio.
Follow the steps listed below when you have entered the room:
You can also perform this check at any time via your Module (Course) room.
Pre session checks
Load files ready to share by opening the Collaborate menu and selecting the Share Content icon. Any content will be queued until you're ready to share it.
At the start of the session you may want to use a welcome slide as a cue to:
If applicable remind participants the session will be recorded, start the recording, end when the session has finished and inform students where the recording can be located.
The Whiteboard cannot be saved. If you'd like to use the content created on the whiteboard later in a session, take a screenshot (Windows: Use the Print Screen key, Mac: Use the Command+Shift+3 keys) that can be uploaded as shared content.
Save whiteboard contents
Further tips on conducting a session are available on the Blackboard Help site.
Part of this guide was adapted from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Moderator’s Checklist by the University of Reading, available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence.