Collaborate - main entry

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. It is also compatible with a growing number of classrooms. Using the Collaborate activity in a topic ideally consists of the following 5 stages.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  |  5. Review  ||  Support 

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This entry relates to the Collaborate tool. 

Disabled features

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.)
  • Netstats indicator (a visual indicator of connection quality next to each user)
  • The number of videos showing at any one time has been reduced from 4 to 2 (as of 1/4 Chrome is still showing four videos)

Collaborate is the official web conferencing tool for learning and teaching at Flinders University.


    1. Plan

    The following provides information on best practice and use cases for Collaborate, along with guidance on adding and creating Collaborate sessions within your FLO topic.

    In the Collaborate planning guide, explore the key topics associated with planning to use Collaborate, such as:


    2. Build

    You have planned your use of the Collaborate virtual classroom. Now add the Collaborate shortcut to FLO (if its not already there) and create your sessions.

    1. Add Collaborate to your FLO topic
    2. Create sessions for teaching
    3. Conduct a secure session with someone

    3. Test

    When using a tool like Collaborate for the first time, it is a good idea to give yourself and your students the opportunity to test they can enter the room. This will help reduce unnecessary technical issues before scheduling important sessions.


    4. Administer

    There are several key aspects associated with the management of sessions.

    An introductory PowerPoint slide for Collaborate (available here) can be placed as a starting slide to help students get started and troubleshoot common technical issues.

      5. Review

      It is important that you evaluate your use of Collaborate at the conclusion of each session. This will help you to improve your use of the tool and tehrefore enhance learning and teaching.

      If you wish to collaborate as a teaching team (ie with other staff) you could use Teams – an online video and audio-enabled meeting place that allows you to meet with anyone, anywhere, in real time using a web browser on your computer or mobile device, including iPad, iPhone or Android.




        Training and support

        Troubleshooting

      Training

      Flinders offers both Face-to-Face training, online training and has a recording of our training for Collaborate:

      Support

      Disabled features

      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.)
      • Netstats indicator (a visual indicator of connection quality next to each user)
      • The number of videos showing at any one time has been reduced from 4 to 2 (as of 1/4 Chrome is still showing four videos)

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