The e-Learning Programme has recently produced a set of guidance materials: Designing for Participant Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate: A good practice guide to using Blackboard Collaborate to support teaching, learning & assessment, co-operative working and conferences.

Designing for Participant Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate

The JISC e-Learning Programme together with JISC Advance makes use of Blackboard Collaborate (previously named Elluminate Live) for project support online events, meetings and also as part of our annual online conference, Innovating e-Learning. The e-Learning Programme worked with  Peter Chatterton to produce a good practice guide on the use of Elluminate Live, Designing for Participant Engagement with Elluminate Live: A good practice guide to using Elluminate Live to support teaching, learning and assessment, co-operative working and conferences (April 2011)

Peter Chatterton has updated and revised this guide to reflect the changes to Blackboard Collaborate and produced a set of guidance materials:  Designing for Participant Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate: A good practice guide to using Blackboard Collaborate to support teaching, learning & assessment, co-operative working and conferences (May 2012).

This is an excellent resource for those new to using the system, but also for those who are familiar with the technology, but would like to make better use of the system and to enhance their practice.  The guide also includes links to sector resources and institutional case studies of use of Blackboard Collaborate.

This Guide therefore has the following objectives:

  • Designing for participant engagement: To provide guidance on how best to prepare, structure and plan sessions to ensure participant engagement.
  • Learning and familiarisation with Blackboard Collaborate: To provide guidance on the most effective ways of learning and becoming familiar with Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Technical issues: To provide guidance on the likely technical issues that may arise and how best to minimise their impact.

This Guide does not attempt to replace the existing Blackboard Collaborate guides, rather to complement them and to provide guidance on good practice for learning and teaching.

A Collaborate recording of Peter Chatterton giving an introduction to these resources and Blackboard Collaborate and its features is available here.

Download the guidance materials:

Designing for Participant Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate – PDF format

Designing for Participant Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate – Word format

Frequently Asked Questions – PDF format

Frequently Asked Questions – Word format

Blackboard Collaborate Mind-map Guide – Mindmap in PDF format