a. Type a name for your session.
b. Session parameters: At this point, Collaborate assumes you wish to create a session immediately and fills in the start and end date for today, lasting one hour.
i. You can create individual sessions for specific dates and times. This session can be repeated.
ii. You can also create one session, such as “Office Hours” that starts and ends on days coinciding with the semester or has no ending date. Students can jump into this session at any time.
c. Description: This is optional, however if you create a session such as “Office Hours” you might want to indicate in the description the times you will be present.
d. Links: Note the guest link listed at the top. If students have trouble finding your Collaborate session, you can give them this link to join. Once in the session, you can promote them to “Moderator” to give them additional capabilities such as screen sharing. An anonymous link would be used to invite, for example, a guest speaker.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions can be recorded. As an instructor, you can record your lectures or supplemental course content for students to view. It can also be used to record student presentations giving you more time for reviewing and grading. Here’s a YouTube video that will help you become better acquainted with Collaborate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx_ec1nmTIs.