Layout of Blackboard Collaborate

This page provides a brief overview of the Blackboard Collaborate window and its various parts. See the other pages in the Using Blackboard Collaborate section of this Startup kit for more detailed descriptions of the components, tools and functionality contained in Blackboard Collaborate.

The image below shows you the main Blackboard Collaborate window in its default layout. As you go through this page, refer back to the numbers on this image to review what each part of the Blackboard Collaborate window looks like.

Note: You can rearrange, re-size or even detach most of the parts of the Blackboard Collaborate window by clicking and dragging them. In order to restore the default layout, select “Restore Default Layout” from the View menu.

Blackboard Collaborate homepage

  1. Toolbar
    The Toolbar contains a set of buttons used to access three moderator-controlled functions in Blackboard Collaborate:
    • Whiteboard
    • Application Sharing
    • Web Tour

  2. Audio & Video window
    The Audio & Video window contains the tools for using the microphone function and for monitoring and controlling your microphone and its volume levels. It also contains a window for video streamed from participants' webcams, as well as the controls for activating streaming from your webcam. See the Audio & Video Window page in this Startup Kit for more information.

  3. Participants window
    The Participants window shows all session participants, including moderators, along with certain user-inputs such as poll responses and emoticons.
    The Participants window also contains a set of buttons for raising your hand, adding emoticons and stepping away from the session. See the Participants Window page in this Startup Kit for more information.

  4. Chat window
    The Chat window allows participants to send and view instant text messages. Messages can be sent to the entire room or to individual session participants. See the Chat windowpage in this Startup kit for more information.

  5. Whiteboard
    The Whiteboard is the largest component in the Blackboard Collaborate window, containing blank, editable screens and Microsoft Office PowerPoint or Impress presentation slides.

    Above the whiteboard area are navigation controls for moving between whiteboard screens, along with controls for managing screens in the whiteboard.

    To the left of the whiteboard area are editing tools that allow whiteboard screens to be marked up. See the Whiteboard page in this Startup kit for more information.



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