Blackboard Collaborate Basics

Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual classroom tool that lets students and faculty interact in real time using voice and text. Faculty running a Collaborate session can share presentation slides, web sites, or desktop software with students participating in the session. Live sessions can even be recorded for students to watch at a later date.

This short set of videos walks through the basics of launching and using Blackboard Collaborate.

Launching Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual classroom tool that lets students and faculty interact in real time using voice and text. Faculty running a Collaborate session can share presentation slides, web sites, or desktop software with students participating in the session. Live sessions can even be recorded for students to watch at a later date. This five-minute video shows how easy it is to launch Blackboard Collaborate from a course site.

Add an Instructor to a Group

By default, anyone listed as an instructor in a course site won’t appear in the list of users who can be added to a group. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to make those folks appear on the Add Users list, just check the Show all users regardless of role box in the search space at the top of the group’s Add Users page, and anyone listed in the course (including instructors and teaching assistants) will be available to add.

All User Roles checkbox

SafeAssign plagiarism check as an option in any assignment

The Blackboard plagiarism checking tool, SafeAssign is available as an option on any Assignment. Just click the Submission Details heading, then check the box labelled Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign to enable SafeAssign plagiarism checking on the assignment.

Safe Assign Option

As the name would indicate, checking the Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts makes the originality report available to students.

By default, all student submissions are added to an institutional database. This database is one of the soures student work is compared to when the plagiarism check is performed. If you do not want student submissions included in the database — if the students are submitting a draft of an assignment that will be submitted in final form later in the term, for example — click the Exclude submissions checkbox.

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