Collaborate is a live, collaborative space that provides the ability to chat, screen-share, share audio and video, poll students, collaborate using a virtual whiteboard or group participants into small 'break-out' spaces. Using the Collaborate activity
in a topic ideally consists of the following 5 stages.
Collaborate is the official web conferencing tool for learning and teaching at Flinders University.
To help increase the stability of the system and increase performance, the following features are temporarily disabled by the vendor:
Timer (a countdown timer)
Chat typing indicator (a visual indicator that someone is typing. Chat is otherwise functional.)
The number of videos showing at any one time in some browsers has been reduced from 4 to 2
Add Collaborate to your FLO topic
Blackboard Collaborate uses modern browser technologies and, for the best experience, please use Google Chrome. Before using Collaborate, please ensure your Google Chrome is up-to-date. Scheduling sessions and Moderator (teacher) access is facilitated through an integration in FLO. Generally, students will also access Collaborate through a FLO topic, but public URLs can also be generated if required (e.g. the Collaborate session will involve users external to Flinders University).
By default, a Collaborate link will be placed in your FLO site and hidden from students (until you unhide the link). However, a link can be added manually. To utilise Collaborate in your topic, complete the following steps:
Turn editing on in your topic
Select 'Add an activity or resource'
Select the Collaborate activity
Add a title to the Activity name field
Click on Show more...
In the Activity description paste in this following sentence
By default, the only room available is the 'Course room' - the course room is a room that is perpetually open and does not have a set start or end time. This is useful for ad-hoc appointments or testing your device for use with Collaborate
(e.g. browser version, webcam and microphone).
We recommend leaving the Course room enabled, but this can be disabled if desired by selecting the menu icon for the Course room and choosing 'Lock course room':
By default, Collaborate provides a 'Course room' which is always open for impromptu sessions. If you'd like to schedule one (or more repeating sessions) with a start and an end date, you'll need to create sessions within the Collaborate interface.
To add sessions in Collaborate, access the Collaborate activity created in the step above and refer to the detailed information on creating and editing sessions. When creating repeat sessions, you can select show occurrences to view all occurrences of the session.
The default settings for a Collaborate session are as follows:
Early access available 15 minutes before session
Recorded sessions are not permitted to be downloaded
The default role for students is 'Participant'
Participants can share:
Video / webcam
Post chat messages
Draw on the whiteboard
Attendees can join the session using a telephone and pin number