This guide is designed to help you create and manage your Web conferencing sessions within MyLO using the new version of Blackboard Web Conferencing called Ultra. Collaborate Ultra has been redeveloped to be HTML5 compliant and is not reliant on Java technology for end users. The system no longer requires Java or the Collaborate launcher and is mobile compliant. It has had a significant user interface redesign to make it look more modern and provide simple and easy to locate functionality.
Roles available in Ultra:
- Moderator - has full functionality and control over the web room
- Presenter - can present/deliver presentations and perform activities associated with that (e.g. whiteboard, share screen, share application) but cannot remove users/ edit the room itself
- Student - cannot deliver presentations but can interact with features made available in the room. Students can be promoted to a presenter easily within the room for student presentations
- Captioner - the captioner role is designed to provide an accessible learning experience for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as for students whose native language is different from the moderator's. A participant is assigned this role by a moderator. The captioner is given an area to type what is being said - this can be viewed in real time.
By using Ultra within your unit you are able to create and access all recordings yourself. The recommended browser for use with Ultra is Google Chrome. Further information for moderators can be found here: https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator
There are two ways to access web conferencing in your unit. One is via the navigation bar, within the communications group. Pressing on the link here will open up web conferencing. The other way you can access web conferencing is from within content. You can add a link to web conferencing in a module or page.
Navigation Bar access:
To access your Web conferencing rooms Login to MyLO and access your MyLO unit and press on Communication > Web Conferencing.
Log into MyLO and access your MyLO unit. From within your module select Add Existing Activities > External Learning Tools
Select Web Conferencing
The Link will now be within your content. It is recommended that you ensure this page opens as an external resource.
Creating a Web Conference Room
Each room will have an automatic Course room. This is open for the entire time the unit is taught. You can change the settings if you wish or disable this room altogether if you prefer.
- To create a room press on Create Session
- Put in the name for the session - name your rooms well if you are using for group work. Put in start and end dates- you can have the room open for the entire semester. You can choose to have an open ended room or repeat a session each week or month.
- You can change the Guest Role to be a presenter or moderator. The Guest link is used to email users outside of your email unit for access to the session. You can also use this URL in content - if your students then access this URL they will go in with that Role.
- Open up Session Settings. There are several options to choose from here.It is here that you change the role for your students if you want them to be able to go into the room as a presenter when accessing the link from within web conferencing.
Other important session settings include the ability to download recorded sessions. Tick any that you want within your web room and press Save.
- You can now enter this room ( if the date has been reached) or edit it, delete it or view reports from previous sessions
- Press on the Link to enter your newly created room. Use Google Chrome for the best results - especially as a Moderator. The first time you access the room as a moderator you will need to install an add-on for Chrome or FIrefox to get the full capabilities. Information on this is in the link below.
To set up your audio, and to share content, or chat to users in the room press on the tab on the bottom right. The tab at the top left allows you to record sessions and report issues. More information on the tools and system interface can be found here: https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/010_Get_Started/Basics