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Video and Web Conferencing

Real-time Conferencing for Classroom and Other Activities

Classroom-Based Activities

In 2014 Kent State University implemented Blackboard Collaborate for synchronous, real-time, online educational activities. Blackboard Collaborate provides a real-time space for engaging learners and participants interactively. A number of tools can be made available, such as navigating to website, sharing documents and computer desktop, and an interactive white board. Students and instructors can communicate via video, audio, and instant chat. Sessions can also be recorded for future use.

Blackboard Collaborate generates a link that can be provided so external users can access the session from outside Kent State University.

Conferencing Activities

In October 2014 Kent State announced that a powerful tool for web conferencing, WebEx, would be made available to faculty and instructors on campus. You can find more information about getting the required license, installation, and using Webex on the support.kent.edu website, or contact the EHHS technical support: http://techhelp.ehhs.kent.edu/new.asp

For support with Blackboard Collaborate online educational activities please contact Rachel Foot (rfoot@kent.edu).

For assistance with using WebEx as a conference or meeting tool, please contact Julee Henry ( jahenry2@kent.edu).

Telephone Conferencing and Skype sessions 

Telephone and skype conferences remain available using the Polycom system and tools available in 210 White Hall. Please contact Julee Henry (Jahenry2@kent.edu) for further information on organizing these kinds of sessions or review the information in "Room-Based Video Conferencing" from the left-hand navigation menu.

Blackboard Collaborate Resources for Instructors/Moderators

  • Blackboard Collaborate Support: System Check [http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473]. This site is crucial for first-time users and it is highly recommended that this link is sent to all participants who will be attending a webinar.
  • Introduction to Blackboard Webconferencing [video]: This video is an excellent introduction to the Collaborate interface.
  • Overview for Moderators [video]: This video introduces the Collaborate system for moderators.
  • Getting Started for Moderators [PDF]: This is a PDF version introducing moderators to the Collaborate platform.
  • Interactive Web Conferencing Features [video]: This video looks in more detail at the interactive features available in Collaborate.
  • Sharing Content in a Web Conferencing Session [video]: This video takes you through the varius ways you can share content in Collaborate.
  • Using the White Board [video]: Specifically examines the White Board tool.
  • Using the Web Tour Feature [video]: Examines the web tour tool.
  • We Collaborate! [http://www.wecollaborate.com/page/blackboard-collaborate-faq] A FAQ page created by a community of Blackboard Collaborate Users.

Blackboard Collaborate Resources for Participants

  • Blackboard Collaborate Support: System Check [http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473]. This site is crucial for first-time users and it is highly recommended that this link is sent to all participants who will be attending a webinar.
  • Introduction to Blackboard Webconferencing [video]: This video is an excellent introduction to the Collaborate interface.
  • Participant Orientation [video]: It is highly recommended that participants view this orientation before entering a Collaborate webinar.
  • Getting Started for Participants [PDF]: A PDF guide for participants.
  • Accessibility Guide [PDF]: PDF information on accessibility in  Collaborate.
Additional videos and PDF resources can be accessed from:
  • Kent State University Blackboard Collaborate Resources [http://www2.kent.edu/is/resources/elearning/bbtools/blackboardcollaborate/index.cfm].
  • The Blackboard Collaborate Webconferencing On-Demand Learning Center [http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Services/On-Demand-Learning-Center/Web-Conferencing.aspx].
  • The Blackboard Collaborate in Action Recorded Demos site [http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/collaborate/resources/recorded-demos.aspx].
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