Preparing for a Collaborate session is much like preparing for a face-to-face class: develop your lesson plan, gather your materials, arrive before class begins, etc. The ideas are the same – and the look is different. This checklist helps with those differences. You may not use all the items on the list.
|□||Create the Collaborate session in Blackboard Learn if you haven’t already.|
|□||Plug your headset into your computer.|
|□||Enter the session 30 minutes before your class begins.|
|□||Set your connection speed when you first enter your session.|
|□||Go through the Audio Setup Wizard to ensure your microphone and speakers are working (Tools >Audio>Audio Setup Wizard).|
|□||Open any web sites or applications you will need for the session.|
|□||Prepare a list of additional web sites to view in a separate text document for easy access.|
|□||Load your content, i.e. PowerPoint presentations, whiteboards or image files, into the session’s whiteboard. Note: if you leave the session before class starts, all your prepared content will go away.|
|□||Go to the first slide in your presentation and ensure that “Follow Moderator” is checked.|
|□||If working with a co-moderator, give them moderator privileges when they join the session. (Hover mouse over their name; click on the bars to the right; select Give Moderator Privileges.|
|□||Create formal breakout rooms and load content if required. (Tools > Break Out Rooms > Create Break Out Rooms)|
|□||Go to Tools > Breakout Rooms and check allow participants to move themselves to breakout rooms if you structure your class that way.|
|□||Go to Tools > Profiles > Show Profiles of and select everyone so that your students can see all the profiles|
|□||Set the timer (in the info button above the whiteboard) so that you and your students will get a reminder when class starts.|
|□||At the start of class, turn on the recording, if you wish to create an archive.|
If you have more questions about conducting Collaborate, contact the UAA Call Center, 907-786-4646 or 877-633-3888, option 1.
Revised Summer 2016. Revised spring 2015. Checklist modified from Elluminate’s “Presenting Online” document.