Blackboard Collaborate is a comprehensive online learning and collaboration tool designed specifically for education. It is already part of your Blackboard courses and organizations at NIU. Faculty and staff can create live sessions easily and free of charge, and engage and interact for teaching, learning and other purposes. You can use a robust tool set that allows you to web conference and connect with one student or your entire class. You and your students can collaborate using audio, video, and recording capabilities. You can also use private and public chat, a whiteboard, application sharing, a clip art library, and the ability to add and edit content at any time. Learn more about Blackboard Collaborate at www.niu.edu/blackboard/communicate/collaborate.shtml.
NEW Windows Launcher for 2015: A recent update to Blackboard Collaborate eliminates the need for a compatible version of Java to function. Starting this semester, all Blackboard Collaborate sessions will initiate using the new Blackboard Collaborate Launcher. This utility has been available and successful for over a year for Mac users, and is now available for Windows, as well. The Launcher provides a convenient and reliable way for you to launch your Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings.
It is no longer necessary to install and maintain the system version of Java in order to access Blackboard Collaborate sessions or recordings. In addition, the Launcher will only need to be installed once per computer, the first time it is used to join a Blackboard Collaborate session.
Information about downloading and using the Launcher is available at facdev.niu.edu/winlauncher for Windows and facdev.niu.edu/maclauncher for Mac. In addition, the Blackboard Collaborate Technical Support is available 24x7x365 to assist with accessing Blackboard Collaborate sessions at 877-382-2293 or through their online support portal.
Blackboard Collaborate sessions are also available on Android, iPhone, and iPad using the free mobile app. Learn more about the mobile app here.
Finally, you can also contact the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at email@example.com for more information about using Blackboard Collaborate or the Division of IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-8100 for technical assistance.