Engaging Online Students in Real Time

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If you’ve ever considered adding a real-time (i.e., synchronous) component to your online courses, Blackboard Collaborate 12 is an ideal tool for presenting and recording real time lectures online.  With Blackboard Collaborate, instructors can conduct a live class for their online courses where students can connect to watch presentations, listen to a live lecture, and participate in interactive class activities, such as chat and live polling.

We’ve just upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate 12 (formerly Elluminate) which has added some exciting new capabilities.  One of the most exciting new features is echo cancellation which means that students can participate from their laptops without needing a headset.

Blackboard Collaborate 12 also introduces a mobile app available for iOS devices.  The app will be released early this fall.  Once released, students will be able to connect to Collaborate sessions through their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

While the primary mode of delivery in Wayland’s online classes is asynchronous (i.e., not in real time), you now have the option to conduct real-time review sessions with your students or online office hours. If you would like training or more information on how to conduct a Blackboard Collaborate session, contact our Distance Learning Specialist, Dr. Trish Trifilo at trifolot@wbu.edu.

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