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Accessing Blackboard Collaborate Session in Moodle 2.x for Students

  • Blackboard Collaborate will be available for use and officially joins the IUP online learning toolset in Summer 2013. The Collaborate product will replace Wimba Classroom as the IUP Web-conferencing product at the end of Spring 2013.

    1. Launch Moodle and enter the desired course.
    2. Once in the course, you will see various links that will enable you to enter the Blackboard Collaborate Session. The simplest way to enter a session is to pick the link in the week or topic section of the course. Simply click on the title of the session. In our example, it is titled Online Class. If you choose the link in the Activities block you will have to click one more time on the link that shows the name your instructor gave the session in order to access the join window.
      Student Accessing Collaborate Session
    3. The join window will display the name, the session name, description, the beginning, and ending time of the session. It will also display the boundary time if your instructor has chosen to make it visible. The boundary time is how long before the actual session start time you can access the session. Click on the Join link to enter the Collaborate session.
      Collaborate Join Session Link
    4. If you do not already have the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher installed, click on the link titled download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher and follow the instructions for installation. It will be necessary to select the appropriate launcher for your platform. In other words, if you are using a windows machine, select the Windows version of the launcher from the drop-down. If you are using a Macintosh, select Mac version from the launch drop-down._UpdatedLauncher1
    5. The browser you are using may ask you to open or run the meeting.collab file. You will need to open or Run the meeting.collab.file. Follow the install instructions as indicated. A file titled meeting.collab will be downloaded to your machine. For example, in Firefox you would see a dialog box similar to the one below._UpdatedLauncherDialogBox
    6. Make sure that the Open radio button is selected, and the click the OK button to open the meeting.collab file. It should open with the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher program. If you have problems with the Launcher, Blackboard has provided a Troubleshooting article, or please feel free to contact the IT Support Center via ihelp.
    7. You may be asked to select your Connection Speed. From the drop-down menu, select the speed you use to access the Internet from your location. For example, if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a broadband provider, you would select Cable/DSL.Setting Connection Speed in Collaborate
    8. The Collaborate Room will open and appear similar to the image below.Collaborate Student Window

    Please see the Getting Started with Web Conferencing section of our Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing page for more useful information for participants.