Recording a Lecture with Office Mix

Office Mix is a free plug-in for PowerPoint that makes it easy for faculty or students to record narrated presentations and post them to Blackboard. The below video walk you through the process of recording, publishing, and posting a lecture to Knowledge.



Want more help? Microsoft has developed a series of detailed tutorials on using Mix that can be found on the Office Mix web site.

Note: Mix is only available for the Office 2013 version of PowerPoint for Windows. Faculty who wish to install Office Mix on their UDM computer will need to contact ITS for assistance.

Introducing Blackboard Collaborate with “the Ultra Experience”

UDM now has access to “Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience.” This version of Blackboard Collaborate has a more modern, user-friendly feel, but lacks some of the power-user features found in the current Collaborate. Want to learn more about Collaborate with the Ultra Experience? Check out this video:

Some notable features missing from the Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience include:

  • Ability to schedule sessions
  • Ability to share a single room between multiple course sites
  • Break-out rooms
  • Polling

Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience works best in the Google Chrome browser [ download here ], but is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The Microsoft Edge browser is not compatible with Collaborate Ultra at this time. While Java is not required to run Collaborate Ultra, Flash is required in browsers other than Google Chrome.

If you’d like to use Collaborate with the Ultra Experience, please contact the Instructional Design Studio.

Note: While you can use the traditional Collaborate in one course and the new Collaborate in another course, you cannot use both versions of Collaborate in the same course.


Enroll one or more users

Although the link between Knowledge and TitanConnect means students are automatically loaded into your traditional courses based on their enrollment, you may on occasion need to add a student, teaching assistant, or co-instructor to your Blackboard course site. Fortunately, this is easily done.


Users and Groups

1. First, click the USERS AND GROUPS heading in the Control Panel, then select Users.

FInd Users to Enroll2. The Users page lists all the users enrolled in the course (provided the pulldown in the search space is set to its default — not blank). To add a user, click the FIND USERS TO ENROLL button in the upper left.

browse3. If you know the usernames of the folks you need to enroll, you may enter them in the Username space. Separate the names with a comma (remember, usernames are the first part of the users UDM email address, the part before the @). Note: If you get one wrong, none of the usernames in your string will submit. If you’re not certain, click the BROWSE button instead to search for their accounts.

search box4. Last name is usually the best way to search for an account. Select Last Name from the first select list (defaults to Username), make sure the second list is set to Contains, and enter all or part of the person’s last name in the search space. Then click GO to do your search. You may be tempted to click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page, but that’s for the next step.


check5. Check the line for the person you want to add to the course, then click SUBMIT. If the person you’re looking for doesn’t appear, it means one of three things:

They are already enrolled in the course

Re-check the enrollments list in the course by going back to that USERS page. You can even search that list just like you searched all the users in Knowledge back in step 4.

They were enrolled in the course, then dropped

When a student (or faculty person) is dropped from a course, their account and any information they added (or added about them, such as grades) are not actually deleted from the course, they just removed from view (so that if a student adds back in later their grades and work will be restored). Unfortunately, only an Instructional Design Studio staff member can check whether this is the case and resolve the situation. If you cannot find the user and have confirmed they are not already enrolled in the course, contact IDS ( ; 313-578-0580) for assistance.

They do not have an account on Knowledge

Only active students, adjuncts, faculty, and UDM staff and administrators have Knowledge accounts. If a student has not enrolled in a course yet, or if a student was not enrolled in the immediately preceding term, they will not have an account. Our Blackboard license requires us to limit enrollment in the course site to current students and current employees. If an employee (faculty, staff, or administrator) does not have an account, contact IDS ( ; 313-578-0580) for assistance.

submit6. If you’re only adding the one user, verify that the Role is appropriate to the user you’re adding, then click Submit. If you need to add more folks, click Browse again and complete steps 4 and 5 again.

Need to know the differences between the roles?

Check this list.

Foldering multiple presentations in Blackboard Collaborate

If you’ve ever run a class in Blackboard Collaborate and tried using more than one PowerPoint presentation — maybe your students are giving online presentations and each presenter has their own set of slides — you’ve noticed Collaborate doesn’t manage multiple presentation files very well on its own. Fortunately, we can easily solve this problem by manually foldering our presentations. In Blackboard Collaborate lingo, we need to create “Whiteboard page groups.”

First, we need to open the Page Explorer. The easiest way to open the Page Explorer is by clicking the menu button on the Whiteboard navigator (in the upper right of your whiteboard screen), and selecting SHOW PAGE EXPLORER.

show page explorer

Now we need to create a new Whiteboard Page Group. RIGHT CLICK on MAIN ROOM in the Page Explorer, point to NEW, then select Whiteboard Page Group.


Next, name your group and click OK.


This adds our named group to the Page Explorer. To add a set of slides to this group, right click on your new group and select OPEN.


Then locate and open the PowerPoint file on your computer. Depending on the size of your presentation, it may take a few minutes for the PowerPoint file to upload into your Whiteboard Group. Once the upload is complete, you should see previews of all the slides in your Page Explorer.


Double-click a slide to push it out to the whiteboard. You move a slide up or down in the list by clicking and dragging it. You can remove a slide by right-clicking the slide, then pointing to SELECTED and choosing DELETE. You can also collapse or expand a set of slides by clicking the group name.

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