Bb Collaborate Ultra Experience in Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session.

Setup within a Blackboard Learn course:

  1. Click on a Content area.
  2. Click on Tools
  3. Select Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Experience
  4. Type in the box “Office Hours” (or other custom link name you prefer) and click submit.
  5. Click on the link name  to enter Collaborate and set up your rooms.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Experience in Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Experience in Blackboard Learn

Additional Directions:

Accessible Narrated Streaming PowerPoint Presentations

Microsoft PowerPoint is a common teaching tool that many instructors use to present course materials. In order to use these presentations within an online course, instructors must make them accessible for students with disabilities. Narrating your PowerPoints and streaming them online with captions is an optimal way to make your presentations more engaging for your online students as well as compliant with Section 508 / WAI standards.

The following three videos will walk you through the process from start to finish.

Step 1:  Narrate your PowerPoint presentation and Save as a .mpeg4 movie file

This video will walk you through  narrating your PowerPoint presentation with your voice and saving the file as a .mpeg4 movie file.

Step 2:  Upload the PowerPoint .mpeg4 video file to 3C Media Solutions

This video will walk you through uploading your .mpeg 4 movie file to 3C Media Solutions.

3C Media Solutions is a free streaming video server funded by a grant from the California Chancellor’s office.

Step 3: Request Captioning and add the Presentation to your Canvas course

This video will walk you through requesting captioning for your video free of charge. This service is made possible by the DECT Grant funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office. This video will also walk you through how to add your streaming video presentation to your Canvas LMS course.

Rearrange the my Courses Module Display

You can rearrange the my Courses module by Term to group all courses by term first and then by course  Or, you can rearrange the courses in any order you would like regardless of term.

Group by Term

  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Click the Gear icon in the top right hand corner of the my Courses Module (on the right hand side of the page)
    Gear Icon
  3. Select Group by Term
  4. Drag and drop to organize the terms.
  5. Click the Submit button

GroupbyTerm

Ordering Courses

  1. Click the Gear icon in the top right hand corner of the my Courses Module (on the right hand side of the page)
    Gear Icon
  2. Click the two headed arrow to the left of a course, and drag and drop the courses to the order you would like.   If Group by Term is selected first, then courses will be ordered in the order you select here within the term they belong within.
    ordercourse
  3. Click the Submit button.

Getting Started with Blackboard

Here are a few websites to help you get started teaching with Blackboard at MiraCosta College.

How to Log On

Blackboard is located at: https://blackboard.miracosta.edu
Log on with the same log on & password you use for SURF and Email.

Activate your course

Make your class available for student view. A Blackboard course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

Check out these resources to learn more about Blackboard

  1. Blackboard Basics for Faculty – This is a good resource to help enhance your course with Bb.  Do not watch the Part1 video as it is specific to Saddleback.  Start with Part 2.  Overall a really nice step by step video guide that is community college specific for Bb.
  2. Blackboard 4 part video playlist series from Blackboard  – I highly recommend these and to bookmark this link to return back when you are ready to continue learning more about the tools.
  3. Blackboard Learn TIC website – These are a collection of Blackboard articles and videos. Usually specific to MiraCosta College. Excellent to review and broken down by topic.

Make your Blackboard Course Available or Unavailable

A Blackboard course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

How to Make a Course Available – Qwickly: Course Availability

  1. On the my MiraCosta College page (this is the first page you see after logging on to Blackboard).
  2. Click on Course Availability under my Qwickly Tools on the right side of the page.
  3. Click on the Off button.  The button will change to On.  Your course is now available for student access.
  4. Click the My MiraCosta College link to refresh the page.

my Qwickly Tools Course Availability

My Qwickly Tools Off to On

Refresh Blackboard Page

How to Make a Course Available – Traditional Blackboard Method

Tutorial: Making your Course Available

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click Yes to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

How to Make a Course Unavailable – Traditional Blackboard Method

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click No to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

If your course is unavailable, only instructors, course builders, teaching assistants, and graders can see and access unavailable course.

Students cannot access unavailable courses.

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