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Online Course Support: Directions for Logging into Collaborate

Directions for Participants/Attendees

For PC/Mac

  1.  Click on link to Collaborate session you have received, enter your name and click Log In.
  2. Your internet browser will prompt you to open Collaborate using Java. Select the Open with option which should automatically choose Java to open Collaborate. Click OK.
  3. Your computer will then prompt you to run Collaborate. For PC users, click Run. For Mac users, click Allow.
  4. *Select the appropriate connection speed from the drop-down list and click OK.
  5. Once you are connected, click on Tools > Audio > Audio Setup Wizard so you can run the audio wizard and confirm that your audio settings for your computer are correct such that you are able to clearly hear the speaker(s) of the session.

Important: You will need to have speakers on your computer/laptop so you can hear the presenter(s). If you have a microphone for your computer/laptop, you can use it to ask questions or to provide responses by clicking the Talk button. If you have a webcam, click the Talk button and the Video Button to enable the webcam display option.
 

For iPhone/iPad

  1. To install Collaborate from your iPhone/iPad, access the App Store and run a search for “Blackboard Collaborate.”
  2. Download the Collaborate App to your iPhone/iPad and when finished downloading, open the Collaborate App.
  3. Paste the appropriate link to your Collaborate Session under “Blackboard Collaborate Session URL:” and provide your name under “Enter your name:.” ClickJoin Session.
  4. Test the audio settings on the iPhone/iPad by pressing the microphone icon at the top of the screen. The microphone symbol will turn from a solid white to a transparent color, indicating that the device is picking up the voice of the speaker and transmitting it through the device.

Note 1: When you receive an email invitation to attend an upcoming Collaborate event, just click on the link in the invitation from your iPhone/iPad and it will take you to the Collaborate session.

Note 2: There are certain restrictions on what you can do in the Collaborate App. For example, the current version of the Blackboard Collaborate App only supports audio communication and messaging chat but NOT video streaming or having the presenter navigate the web.
 

For Android

The current version of the Collaborate App does not support Android devices. Updates will be provided

*It is recommended that you have an internet speed of 56K or above. You can join the event through a wireless connection, however it is recommended that your computer/laptop is plugged in to an Ethernet connection (this corresponds to the LAN or Cable/DSL options under the list of connections) so that you will have the most optimal connection speed.

Collaborate Video Tutorial

Logging into Collaborate for Guest Speakers

For PC/Mac

  1. Click on link to Collaborate session that you have been provided as a Guest Speaker, enter your name and click Log In.

Note: The Guest link provides you with moderator privileges which is different from the invitation link that the attendees receive. You must use the Guest link for the Collaborate session. 

Important: You will need to have speakers on your computer/laptop so you can hear the presenter(s). If you have a microphone for your computer/laptop, you can use it to ask questions or to provide responses by clicking the Talk button. If you have a webcam, click the Talk button and the Video button to enable the webcam display option.

  1. Your internet browser will prompt you to open Collaborate using Java. Select the Open with option which should automatically choose Java to open Collaborate. Click OK.
  2. Your computer will then prompt you to run Collaborate. For PC users, click Run. For Mac users, click Allow.
  3. *Select the appropriate connection speed from the drop-down list and click OK.
  4. Once you are connected, click on the LOAD CONTENT button to load your PowerPoint presentation into Collaborate. When prompted, select Import Presentation with OpenOffice.org to load your PowerPoint.http://www.armstrong.edu/images/online/load_content.png
  5. When the PowerPoint is finished loading, you will see a long rectangular box with all of your slides. You can close this by clicking the X on the top right corner of the box. On the top right of the Collaborate room, you will see two arrows next to a drop list that read Public Page that will allow you to advance your slides.
    http://www.armstrong.edu/images/online/public_page.png

    Note: If the two arrows don’t show up, you can reload the PowerPoint presentation.
  6. Click on the Talk button on the top left of the Collaborate room to speak using a microphone. A blue mic will appear next to your name when your Talk button is enabled
    http://www.armstrong.edu/images/online/talk.png

    http://www.armstrong.edu/images/online/blue_mic.png
     

To turn the mic off, simply click the Talk button again.

Note: Echo cancellation is a newly added feature that enables multiple individuals to have their mics enabled at the same time. However, if you hear an echo while you are presenting, you can ask attendees to turn off their mics during the presentation and then to use the Hand Raising option to ask questions. Attendees will then enable their mics when they ask a question or have a comment(s) to share.

  1. You can also click on the Video button if you have a built-in web camera or external camera. The Video button doesn't include the mic so if you want your audience to see and hear you, then you need to click on both the Talk button and the Video button. Just like the Talk button, you can click the Video button a second time to turn off the webcam.

*It is recommended that you have an internet speed of 56K or above. You can join the event through a wireless connection, however it is recommended that your computer/laptop is plugged in to an Ethernet connection (this corresponds to the LAN or Cable/DSL options under the list of connections) so that you will have the most optimal connection speed.

Collaborate Video Tutorial