Periodically Blackboard releases new additions and fixes to the Learn and Ultra versions of the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). Please click the link to see what is currently being implemented along with upcoming additions to the platform.
When help is needed, you have a few options.
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Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate Ultra integrated with your Blackboard Learn courses and can be used through out the Blackboard App.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Highlights.
What type of help do you need?
Where is Collaborate?
There is a Collaborate tool in each Blackboard course. Faculty should access by entering a course and clicking on the Course Tools in the Course Management section on the course menu (left side). Then choose Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Faculty can use the open Course Room or schedule a session through the Create Session link.
Where is Collaborate?
There is a Collaborate tool in each Blackboard course. Students should access by entering the course and clicking on the Tools link in the course menu (left side). Then choose Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Students can use the open Course Room or access a scheduled session. Alternatively, your Professor may have posted or emailed a link to access the Collaborate session.
Scheduling a Collaborate Session within Blackboard
To support our commitment to a more inclusive campus, we’re introducing a new tool called Ally into your Blackboard courses to help improve the accessibility of your course content. Ally doesn’t change how anything works in your course, and won’t affect your course files.
You’ll notice in your course red, orange, light green, and dark green gauges next to your course files. These are “Ally Indicators” and they let you know the accessibility of the file. The indicators are only visible to instructors in the course. Simply click the indicator to read detailed feedback about what the accessibility issues are with the file, why they matter, and how to fix them. Learn more about Instructor Feedback.
Improving the accessibility of your course content will not only help ensure students with disabilities can access your materials, it will also improve the learning experience for students who use mobile devices as well as who want to engage with the material in a different way. Ally automatically generates “alternative formats” of your course files, and makes them available to you and your students by clicking the dropdown icon next to the file name. The alternative formats don’t affect your original file, and allow students to access an HTML version for their phone, an ePub version for their tablet, an MP3 version for audio, and electronic braille for braille readers. Learn more about Alternative Formats.
We hope you will take some first steps in using Ally to improve the accessibility of your course content, as well as encourage students to take advantage of the alternative formats. If you have questions or need help fixing an accessibility issue with one of your files, you can contact us at 256-7972.