Introduction

A virtual classroom allows digital activity to be conducted with students. Participants can be in the same classroom, each connected via their own device, or at distance – locally or internationally. At the University of Northampton, we provide and support Blackboard Collaborate as the tool of choice. This has a range of options , including:

  • video connection (one-to-one and many-to-many)
  • interactive whiteboard
  • display presentations and other documents
  • document annotation
  • instant massager chat
  • ‘hand up’ feature for questions
  • session recording

As Collaborate is integrated with NILE all staff and students can use their University credentials to login and access.

Live

Classrooms can be accessed via a NILE module. If live, the session time should be clearly communicated to participants so they can join during the specified time.

On-demand

While live, sessions can be recorded to be accessed by participants at a later date – on-demand. This is only to view the activity that occurred at the time – no further participation can be contributed.

Guidance

Collaborate

See Blackboard’s guide to Collaborate.

Further reading

Collaborate Community

Enrol to the Blackboard Collaborate Community for full guidance.

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