Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Essentials Guide for

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Essentials Guide for
Version 11
Essentials for Participants
September, 2011
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Using this Guide
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How to use this guide
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Terminology
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Getting Help
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Documentation and Training Materials
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Technical Support
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Conventions Used in this Guide
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Operating System Differences
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Notes
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Typographical Conventions
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Chapter 2 Getting Started
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Minimum Client System Requirements
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Joining a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Session
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Setting Your Proxy Configuration
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Chapter 3 The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Room
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The Content Area Modes
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The Menus
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Menus in the Main Menu Bar
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Drop-Down Menus
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Closing the Application
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The Confirmation Dialog
Chapter 4 The Participants Panel
Understanding Permissions
Permission Indicators in the Participants List
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Knowing When Someone has Joined or Left a Session
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Raising and Lowering Your Hand
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Raised Hand Notification
Stepping Away
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Stepping Back
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Entering Feedback
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Activity Indicators
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Status Indicators
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Table of Contents
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Polling
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User Profiles
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Viewing a User’s Profile
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Editing Your User Profile
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Chapter 5 Video Broadcast
Video Activity, Permission and Status Indicators
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Activity and Permission Indicators
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Status Indicators
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Previewing and Transmitting Video
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Previewing Video
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Transmitting Video
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Selecting your Video Camera
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Viewing Video
The Default Views
Multiple Simultaneous Cameras
Controlling the Primary Video Display
Chapter 6 The Chat Panel
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Chat Activity and Permission Indicators
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Viewing Chat Messages
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New Messages in Other Conversation Tabs
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Conversation Tabs
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Sending Chat Messages
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Sending Messages to Everyone in a Room or Existing Group Conversation
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Sending Messages to Selected Individuals
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Adding Emoticons to your Chat Message
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Adding External Links to your Chat Message
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Chapter 7 The Audio Feature
Audio Activity, Permission and Status Indicators
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Activity and Permission Indicators
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Status Indicators
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Basic Audio Configuration
Using the Audio Setup Wizard
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Using Your Microphone
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Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Levels
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Table of Contents
Microphone Level
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Speaker Level
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Chapter 8 The Whiteboard
Whiteboard Activity, Permission and Status Indicators
Activity and Permission Indicators
Adding Content to the Whiteboard
The Tools Palette
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Setting Whiteboard Preferences
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Working with Whiteboard Pages
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Navigating Between Pages
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Navigating Between Pages
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Saving Whiteboard Pages
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Printing Whiteboard Pages
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Chapter 9 Application Sharing
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Application Sharing Activity, Permission and Status Indicators
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Activity and Permission Indicators
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Status Indicators
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Scaling the Shared Content
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Maximizing the Content Area
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Emphasized Cursor
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Hosting an Application Sharing Session
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Application Sharing Mode
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Starting Application Sharing
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Controlling an Application Share
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Giving Control of an Application Share to Another
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Pausing or Ending an Application Share
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Chapter 10 Web Tour
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Web Tour Mode
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Web Tour Activity and Permission Indicators
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Starting a Web Tour
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Conducting a Web Tour
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The Follow Me Option
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Publishing URL to Chat Panel
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Stopping the Web Tour
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Table of Contents
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Viewing a Web Tour
Optimizing the Content Area
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Chapter 11 Interactive Recordings
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Copyright
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Trademarks
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Using this Guide
This guide provides information on the most widely used features of Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing – those features most essential to conducting a Blackboard Collaborate session. For information on all the features, refer to the full Participant's Guide.
How to use this guide
It is highly recommend that you read the first three chapters of this guide prior to attending a
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session.
1. Read Conventions Used in this Guide on page 3 of this chapter to familiarize yourself with
the various presentation, formatting and typographical conventions used in this guide.
2. Follow the instructions in Getting Started on page 5 to ensure you have the proper hardware and software to run Blackboard Collaborate and to set up your Blackboard Collaborate environment.
3. Read The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Room on page 11 to familiarize yourself with the Blackboard Collaborate user interface.
Refer to the remaining chapters in any order to become familiar with the available tools and features of Blackboard Collaborate.
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Note: For a discussion of the accessibility features in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, including Closed-Captioning and the Activity
Window, see the Accessibility Guide for Participants.
Terminology
The following terms are used in this guide when referring to Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing users:
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Moderator – Moderators have access to all Blackboard Collaborate features, including the
ability to grant Moderator status to Participants. The person conducting a session, such as
a teacher, is a Moderator.
Participant – Participants have restricted access to Blackboard Collaborate features. Students are typically Participants, although Moderators can grant Participants Moderator
status.
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Session Attendee – Anyone attending the session (both Moderators and Participants).
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Invitee – Anyone invited to the session (both Moderators and Participants).
Getting Help
Documentation and Training Materials
Documentation and training materials (for all Blackboard Collaborate products) are available on
the On-Demand Learning Center, which can be reached in two ways:
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From within Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, select Additional Documentation
from the Help menu.
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In your browser, enter the following address:
http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Services/On-Demand-Learning-Center.aspx
You can directly open the following documents from within Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing by selecting them from the Help menu:
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Keyboard Shortcuts
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Accessibility Guide (Moderator's version)
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Blackboard Collaborate Essentials for Moderators
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Blackboard Collaborate Essentials for Participants
Using this Guide
Technical Support
Blackboard Collaborate technical support and the support Knowledge Base are available through
the Support Portal:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com
Conventions Used in this Guide
Operating System Differences
This guide is written for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing users on all supported operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Keystrokes and Mouse Clicks
The same keystrokes and mouse clicks are used on Windows and Linux platforms. Those used
on Mac OS X are different. This guide gives instructions for users of all supported operating systems. The Windows/Linux keystrokes or mouse clicks are given first, followed by those for Mac
OS X (in parentheses):
Mouse Click Example
Select the object and then right-click (Control-Click on Mac) anywhere on the Whiteboard to display the context menu.
Keystroke Example
Select the object(s) in the Whiteboard or in the Object Explorer and then enter Ctrl+X (Command-X on Mac) to cut the object(s).
Screen Captures
Most screen captures shown in this guide were taken in a Windows environment. If you are running Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing on a Mac OS X or Linux platform, the appearance of windows, dialog boxes, etc. will differ slightly from those shown in this guide.
Variables
There are a few places in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing that are populated with data
specific to the session. Because we do not know in advance what those data (e.g., words or
names) will be, in this guide they are represented by variables enclosed in angle brackets. For
example, the variable <Panel Name> is used in the discussion of Restoring Default Prefence Setttings to represent the name of the currently selected panel.
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Notes
Six types of notes are used in this guide to highlight information:
Note: Notes are used to highlight important information or to present
asides relevant to the topic at hand.
Tip: Tips provide helpful information on how to most effectively use a
particular feature of Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.
Caution: Cautions alert you to potentially confusing terminology or
difficulties that may occur when using Blackboard Collaborate Web
Conferencing.
Warning: Warnings alert you to potentially serious problems.
Notes of this format are used to highlight Linux-specific information.
Notes of this format are used to highlight Mac-specific information.
Typographical Conventions
Convention
Description
1. Number
Indicates a step in a task.
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Hollow bullets
Indicates that there are several options available for completing a
task, but only one is necessary.
Bold
Represents clickable elements in the user interface (e.g., text
links, buttons, tabs, etc.). Also used to give emphasis to words.
Italics
Represents menu items, options and parameters. Also used for
cross references.
Monospace
Indicates pathnames, filenames, folders and command lines.
<brackets>
Indicates variables.
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Chapter 2
Getting Started
There are a few things you should do before you moderate a session:
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Ensure your computer meets the minimum system requirements recommended for running a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session on your computer. See Minimum Client System Requirements on page 6.
Launch into a private Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session where you can
familiarize yourself with the Whiteboard tools or create or review presentations and/or
quizzes prior to joining your scheduled session. (For instructions on launching a private
session, see Launching an Offline Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Session on
page 1.)
Join a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session. You may join a session either
through an email link sent to you by your organization or via a link on a web page. The
method by which you join a session will vary depending on your organization. See Joining
a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Session on page 7.
Once you have successfully launched into a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session, run the Audio Setup Wizard (see Using the Audio Setup Wizard on page 56) and set
your proxy settings (see Setting Your Proxy Configuration on page 7).
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Minimum Client System Requirements
Before you can get started in a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session, you should
ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment.
Tip: For all users, we strongly recommend that you use a headset (or at
least headphones or an echo canceling microphone) rather than speakers
when using simultaneous talkers. This will eliminate potential echoing
and feedback and improve your audio experience.
Your computer should meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:
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Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 or 64 bit) or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
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Pentium III 1 GHz processor
Mac OS X
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Mac OS X 10.5 (32 or 64 bit) or Mac OS X 10.6 (32 or 64 bit)
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G4, G5 or Intel processor
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Ubuntu 9.10 (64 bit)
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Pentium III 1 GHz processor
In addition to the above requirements, all clients require the following:
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Java version 1.5 or higher
Note: For a 32 bit OS use a 32 bit JVM and for a 64 bit OS use a 64 bit
JVM. If the correct version of Java is not detected, Blackboard Collaborate will prompt you to install a new version.
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256 MB RAM
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20 MB free disk space
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28.8 KBps Internet connection
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Windows or Linux: sound card with speakers and microphone or headset (or telephone
for Telephony users)
Macs: internal, USB, or external iSight microphone (or telephone for Telephony users)
Getting Started
Joining a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Session
How you join a Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session varies depending on the
organization hosting the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing session. Follow the instructions provided by the organization hosting your session.
Your System Administrator or Moderator should provide you with the following information:
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How to access your Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing sessions.
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Your username and password (if applicable).
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How to access your recordings.
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Who to contact for help and where to access the user guides and other resource material
for your system.
Setting Your Proxy Configuration
If you are connecting through an Internet firewall, which is set up to block both outbound and
inbound connections and web browsing that is done through an HTTP or HTTPS proxy server,
you may have to change the Proxy Settings preference in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
By default, Blackboard Collaborate inherits the same proxy settings as the browser it was
launched through. If Blackboard Collaborate is unable to automatically detect the proxy settings
it will be unable to connect to the Session. In this case, you may be able to start Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing but not be able to join a session.
If Blackboard Collaborate encounters a proxy configuration error, it will return a Connection
failed error message similar to the one below.
If this happens, you may have to change your Proxy Settings to enable Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing to communicate with your proxy server.
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Note: Ask your System Administrator to provide you with the necessary
proxy server information.
To Configure your Proxy Settings in the Preferences:
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select Proxy Settings under General. The Proxy
Settings preferences panel appears.
3. Select the desired Method option from the Method drop-down list. The choices are the following:
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Proxy Settings From Launcher (<proxy setting>) – Blackboard Collaborate uses the
connection settings from Java Web Start. If manual proxy settings are not provided
to Java Web Start, it will attempt to detect these settings on its own and then pass
the results to Blackboard Collaborate This is the default proxy setting and should be
changed only if you are unable to establish a reliable connection.
Note: <proxy setting> will be whichever type of proxy setting
is detected by the launcher.
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Direct Connection – Specifies that no proxy server is to be used. Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will connect directly to the appropriate server.
SOCKS V4/V5 Proxy Server – Specifies that a version 4 SOCKS proxy server is to be
used.
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HTTPS Proxy Server – Specifies that a secure HTTPS proxy server is to be used.
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HTTP Proxy Server – Specifies that an HTTP proxy server is to be used.
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HTTP Proxy Server (Half-Duplex) – Specifies that an HTTP proxy server is to be
used in reduced bandwidth half duplex mode. Use this option only if you have an
HTTP proxy server and you are unable to establish a reliable connection with the
previous setting.
HTTP Direct – Specifies that Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing is to connect directly to the server with the HTTP protocol. While this is similar to a direct
connection, the use of the HTTP protocol may reduce performance and should be
used only if a normal direct connection is not possible.
HTTP Direct (Half-Duplex) – Specifies that Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing is to connect directly to the server with the HTTP protocol in a reduced
bandwidth half duplex mode. Use this option only if you require an HTTP direct connection and are unable to establish a reliable connection with the previous setting.
4. Enter your proxy server IP address in the Server field and enter your proxy serverport
number in the Port field. (You may have to ask your System Administrator to provide you
with this information.)
Note: For more information on proxy configuration, visit the
Knowledge Base:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com
5. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
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Chapter 3
The Blackboard Collaborate Web
Conferencing Room
The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing room consists of six main components:
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The Menu bar contains the File, Edit, View, Tools, Windows and Help menus.
The Audio & Video panel enables you to participate in conversations either using a
microphone and speakers (or headset) or via a teleconference. You also can transmit and
receive Video during the session and preview your video before transmitting it.
The Participants panel provides a list of all Participants and Moderators in the session
and information about their current activities, such as talking (Audio), transmitting Video,
sending a Chat message, using the Whiteboard drawing tools and conducting an Application Sharing session.
Above the Participants list is a small toolbar containing buttons for raising your hand and
stepping away from the session and menus for selecting polling responses and feedback
options.
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The Chat panel enables you to send Chat messages to everyone in the room or to Moderators only. By selecting names in the Participants list, you can send private Chat messages to individuals. Messages can be printed and saved to track session communication.
The Collaboration toolbar contains three buttons for switching between the three content modes (Whiteboard, Application Sharing and Web Tour), an Information menu for
obtaining session information (e.g., connection type) and starting the Timer, a Load Content button for loading content into the session and the Record button.
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The Content area is the main presentation window. Moderators use this region to load
presentations. Everyone can use the tools on the Whiteboard to draw or write. All the
objects and images on the Whiteboard are dynamic and can be modified. Everyone can
print the Whiteboard pages or save them to a file to review later.
1 Title bar
6 Minimize button
2 Menu bar
7 Maximize button
3 Audio & Video panel
8 Close button
4 Participants panel
9 Collaboration toolbar
5 Chat panel
10 Content area
The Content Area Modes
The Whiteboard, Application Sharing and Web Tour share space in the Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing interface – each represents a "mode" in the content area. Although Whiteboard content, Application Sharing content and Web Tour content may all be loaded at the same
time, you will be able to see the content of only one mode at a time.
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Only certain users can switch between modes:
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Moderators with can switch between all modes.
Participants with Application Sharing permission can switch to Application Sharing mode
and back to Whiteboard mode.
Participants with Web Tour permission can switch to Web Tour mode and back to Whiteboard mode.
Participants with Whiteboard permission but not Application Sharing or
Web Tour permission cannot switch to Whiteboard mode from either of
the other two modes. This safeguards against Participants switching
modes during someone else's Web Tour or Application Sharing presentation.
When someone switches modes, everyone in the session will follow them to the new mode.
Be careful not to inadvertently switch modes on someone else who is
presenting content. Everyone in the session will follow you to the new
mode.
To switch modes, do one of the following:
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Click on the button in the Collaboration toolbar associated with the desired mode.
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Select the desired mode from the View menu.
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Use the keyboard shortcut associated with the desired mode:
Whiteboard mode: Ctrl+Alt+W (Command-Option-W on Mac)
Application Sharing mode: Ctrl+Alt+A (Command-Option-S on Mac)
Web Tour mode: Ctrl+Alt+U (Command-Option-U on Mac)
You can easily see which mode is selected by noting which button in the Collaboration toolbar is
colored. In the Collaboration toolbar below, the current mode is Whiteboard mode.
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The Menus
Most of the functionality of Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing can be accessed through
the menus. In addition to selecting menu options with your mouse, you can use mnemonics
and, for some functions, keyboard shortcuts.
Menus in the Main Menu Bar
The following menus are available in Blackboard Collaborate in the main menu bar:
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File menu: Contains file-related commands (New, Open, Save and Print) for Whiteboard
files, Multimedia files, quizzes, session plans, Chat conversations and the Participants list.
It is also where you will find the Exit command for closing Blackboard Collaborate Web
Conferencing.
Edit menu: Contains standard editing commands (Cut, Copy, Paste and Select All) and
enables you to open the Preferences dialog.
View menu: Contains commands for changing your window layout and changing content modes (Whiteboard, Application Sharing and Web Tour).
Tools menu: Contains sub-menus for using the various tools in Blackboard Collaborate:
Application Sharing, Audio, Chat, Interaction, Profile, Video and Whiteboard.
Window menu: Enables you to open the following windows: Activity, Graphing Calculator, Notes and File Transfer Library.
Help menu: Gives you access to documentation (a table of Keyboard Shortcuts and the
On-Demand Learning Center web site), provides diagnostic tools (that Support personnel
may ask you to use to help troubleshoot an issue), enables you to leave the session without
closing the application (and then rejoin it) and provides general information about the
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing software.
Drop-Down Menus
In addition to the menus in the main menu bar, Blackboard Collaborate has a number of dropdown menus throughout the interface. Two types of drop-down menus are noteworthy:
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Options menus: Most of the main modules in the interface have their own Options
menus to give you quick access to commands specific to those modules. (These commands
also can be found in the main menus.)
To open an Options menu, either click on it with your mouse or use the keyboard shortcut
Ctrl+Shift+O (Command-Shift-O on Mac).
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Tip: The keyboard shortcut will open the Options menu of
whichever module currently has keyboard focus. Be sure to move
focus to the desired module before using the keyboard shortcut.
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Participant interaction menus: There are two menus in the Participants panel that
enable you to enter your feedback and responses in the Participants list: the Feedback
menu (see Entering Feedback on page 23) and Polling Response menu (see Polling on
page 26). By default, whatever you select from one of these menus will be displayed in the
Participants list (next to your name) for everyone to see. (A Moderator may turn off the
display of polling responses.)
Tip: You do not need to click on these menus to open them. They
will open up automatically when you hover your mouse over them.
Closing the Application
To close the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing application, do one of the following:
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From the File menu, select Exit (Windows and Linux) or from the Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing menu, select Quit (Mac OS X).
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Click on the window’s Close button.
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Enter Ctrl+Q (Command-Q on Mac)
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Enter Alt+F4 (Windows and Linux only)
By default, a confirmation dialog will prompt you to confirm whether or not you want to leave
the session. For instructions on how to hide this dialog in the future, see The Confirmation
Dialog.
Note: When you leave a session, you may be directed to a web page
defined by the session creator. Your default web browser will launch automatically.
The Confirmation Dialog
By default, you will be prompted to confirm whether or not you want to leave the session. Click
on OK to leave the session or Cancel to stay in the session.
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To turn this confirmation off for future sessions, select the option Don’t remind me again and
click on OK. You can turn the reminder back on for future session, using the Preferences
dialog:
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select Leaving under Session. The Session Leaving preferences panel appears.
3. Unselect the option Ask for confirmation before leaving a session.
4. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
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Chapter 4
The Participants Panel
The Participants panel provides you with information about yourself and others in the
session. You can view the user profiles of others and edit your own, see what features others are
currently using and see what permissions you and others have. The Participants panel also gives
you tools for interacting with others in the session: you can enter emoticons, raise your hand,
indicate that you have stepped away from the session, send a private Chat message and respond
to polls conducted by a Moderator.
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The Participants panel has the following components:
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Expand/Collapse button
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Global options menu
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Feedback menu
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Status area
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Step Away button
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Toolbar
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Raise Hand button
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Activity indicators
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Polling Response menu
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Participant options menu
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Participants list
Your name appears at the top of the Participants panel in the Status area as well as in the Participants list below it. In both places you will see information about your permissions (see Understanding Permissions below), your current activity (see Status Indicators on page 25) and your
profile (see Editing Your User Profile on page 29). In the Participants list, all the Moderators in
the session are displayed in alphabetical order at the top of the list (above the horizontal rule),
followed by all the Participants, who are also listed in alphabetical order.
Understanding Permissions
Your access to Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing features is managed by permissions.
Moderators can change your permissions, either by changing the global permissions (those that
apply to all Participants) or by changing your permissions only.
For information on how permission information is presented in the Participants panel, see Permission Indicators in the Participants List on the
facing page.
The table below shows the icons associated with each permission and describes what the permissions entail.
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Icon
Permissions
The Audio permission allows Participants to talk in the session.
If the permission is not granted, they can still listen to others.
The Video permission allows Participants to transmit video in the session.
If the permission is not granted, they can still preview their own video and view the
video transmissions of others.
The Chat permission allows Participants to enter chat messages in the session.
If the permission is not granted, they can still send private chat messages to Moderators and read the Chat messages of others.
The Whiteboard permission allows Participants to use the drawing tools in the Whiteboard. It doesn't allow them to load content (e.g., presentations) into the Whiteboard, which requires Moderator privileges, nor to switch to Whiteboard mode from
another mode (see The Content Area Modes on page 12). Neither does it allow them
to navigate between pages in the Main room, which requires the Moderator to turn
off the Follow option (see The Follow Option).
If the permission is not granted, Participants can still view the Whiteboard content
entered by Moderators.
The Application Sharing permission allows Participants to host an Application Sharing session, including switching to Application Sharing mode (see The Content Area
Modes on page 12) and back to the Whiteboard. It also enables them to request
remote control of anyone's Application Sharing session or the desktop of
Moderators or other Participants who also have the Application Sharing permission;
in both cases, the request can be denied by the host.
If the Application Sharing permission is not granted, Participants can still view
others' shared applications or desktops.
The Web Tour permission allows Participants to host Web Tours and Web Pushes,
including switching to Web Tour mode (see The Content Area Modes on page 12) and
back to the Whiteboard.
If the Web Tour permission is not granted, Participants can still view others' Web
Tours.
The Closed-Captioning permission allows Participants to enter text into the ClosedCaptioning window.
If this permission is not granted, Participants can still read the Closed-Captioning text
of others. (Note: this permission can be set only from the Participant option menu –
i.e, it cannot be set globally for all Participants.)
Permission Indicators in the Participants List
Only those individual permissions (granted or revoked) that represent exceptions to the global
permissions are displayed in the Participants list.
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You can view all your permissions – not just the exceptions – in your Participants panel Status Area. See Viewing all of your Permissions below.
When a Moderator removes your permission to use a globally permitted feature, the icon representing that feature is stamped with a red X and appears next to your name in the Participants
list.
In the example below, the global permissions are set to the default (permission to use Audio,
Video, Chat and Whiteboard but not Application Sharing, Web Tour and Closed-Captioning) and
the exceptions to these are indicated by the icons in the Participants list.
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The Moderator has granted Charlie the ClosedCaptioning permission and revoked his permission to transmit video .
Lucy has been granted the Application Sharing
permission.
Ricky has been granted the Web Tour permission
and his Audio permission has been revoked: .
Viewing all of your Permissions
If you would like to see a complete list of
all your permissions, not just the exceptions to the global permissions, select Show
My Permissions from the Global Options
menu of the Participants panel.
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All the individual permissions (granted or revoked) that represent exceptions to the global permissions are still displayed in the Participants list.
Knowing When Someone has Joined or Left a Session
There are five ways to tell when someone has joined or left a session:
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The person’s name will appear in the Participants list when they join the session and will
be removed when they leave the session.
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An Audible Notification may be played when someone joins or leaves a session.
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A Visual Notification may be displayed when someone joins a session.
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A message will be displayed in the Chat conversation area.
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A message may be displayed in the Activity Window.
Raising and Lowering Your Hand
Moderators and Participants can raise their hands at any time during the session. The Participants list will indicate who has raised their hand and in what order. When a Participant
raises their hand, their name goes to the top of the participant list, just under the Moderators.
There are two ways to raise your hand:
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Participants panel
Click the
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button.
Keyboard shortcut
Enter Ctrl+R (Command-R on Mac).
There are three ways to lower your hand:
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Participants panel
Click the
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button.
Participant Options menu
Select Lower Hand.
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Keyboard Shortcut
Enter Ctrl+R (Command-R on Mac).
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Raised Hand Notification
Each time someone raises their hand, you may be notified in one or both of the following ways:
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A red hand icon will appear over the profile picture (or avatar) of
the person who raised their hand. A number will appear under
their name indicating where they are in the queue of those who
have raised their hands (the order in which hands were raised).
An Audible Notification may be played. You can configure your
Audible Notification preferences to play one sound when you
raise your own hand and another when someone else raises
theirs – or you can turn the sound off altogether.
Stepping Away
The Step Away feature enables you to indicate to the others in the session that you are temporarily unavailable. You are still connected to the session and can see and hear everything that
is going on – others just won't expect you to be available for interaction.
There are three ways to show that you have stepped away:
o
Click on the
button in the Participants panel.
o
From the Tools menu, select Interaction and then select Step Away.
o
Enter Ctrl+Shift+A (Shift-Command-A on Mac).
The Step Away indicator (clock icon and the word "Away") will appear next to your name in the
Participants list for everyone to see. You will also see the indicator next to your name in the
Status area (top) of the Participants panel.
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Stepping Back
There are three ways to show that you have stepped back into the session:
o
Click on the
button in the Participants panel.
o
From the Tools menu, select Interaction and then unselect Step Away.
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Press Ctrl+Shift+A (Shift-Command-A on Mac).
The Step Away indicator will be removed from the Participants list so others will know you are
back in the session.
Entering Feedback
Moderators and Participants can select feedback options from the Feedback menu or via keyboard shortcuts. These options express common reactions to a presentation. An indicator associated with each option appears for a short time to the right of the name of the person who
selected it.
There are three ways to select one of the feedback options:
o
Participants panel Feedback menu
Select the desired option.
o
Interaction Sub-menu of Tools Menu
From the Tools menu, select Interaction followed by Show Emotion and select the
desired option from the submenu. This menu is identical to the menu in the Participants
panel.
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Keyboard Shortcuts
Enter the appropriate keyboard shortcut for the desired option.
Icon
Emotion
Windows and Linux Keyboard
Shortcuts
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Show Smiley Face
Alt+1
Option-1
Show LOL
Alt+2
Option-2
Show Applause
Alt+3
Option-3
Show Confusion
Alt+4
Option-4
Show Approval
Alt+5
Option-5
Show Disapproval
Alt+6
Option-6
Show Slower (when
you want the presenter to slow down)
Alt+7
Option-7
Show Faster (when
you want the presenter to speed up)
Alt+8
Option-8
Alt+0
Option-0
(blank Show None (clears all
square) displayed feedback
icons)
Activity Indicators
The Participants list presents information about user activity through activity indicators. These
indicators display information about what feature a user is currently using, show if a user is
using the Audio Setup Wizard or indicate if a user has stepped away from the session.
Alongside the activity indicators, you may see other icons in the Participants list. There may be permission icons (see Understanding Permissions on page 18) or status indicators showing that users are
experiencing delays (see Status Indicators on the facing page
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User has turned on his/her microphone.
User is running the Audio Setup Wizard.
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Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User is transmitting Video.
User is entering a Chat message.
User is entering content into the Whiteboard with one of the Whiteboard
drawing tools or, if the user is a Moderator, may be loading content into the
Whiteboard.
User is hosting an Application Sharing session.
User is conducting a Web Tour or Web Push.
User has stepped away from the session.
In the example to the right,
Charlie is entering a Chat message and is also using
the Audio Setup Wizard;
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Ethel has the Talk button pressed;
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Lucy is entering Closed-Captioning text;
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Ricky has stepped away from the session; and
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Vivian is transmitting Video.
Status Indicators
Status indicators appear in the Participants list when there
is a delay in the sending and/or receipt of Audio, Video and
Application Sharing data. An amber status indicator
denotes a moderate delay whereas a red status indicator
denotes a significant delay.
The status indicators are dynamic and are updated and visible throughout the session. By keeping an eye on these indicators, you can see when it might be appropriate to adjust your pace
(e.g., temporarily stop talking, turn off your Video camera or pause your Application Sharing session) so others can catch up.
In the Audio example to the right,
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Charlie is talking,
Ricky is experiencing a moderate
delay in receiving Audio,
Vivian is experiencing a significant
delay in receiving Audio, and
Ethel is not having any problems
receiving Audio.
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Note: For details about the various status indicators, refer to the chapters
on Application Sharing, Audio and Video.
Polling
A Moderator may ask you to participate in an poll. There are four poll types:
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Yes/No Options (the default)
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Multiple-Choice Responses A – C
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Multiple-Choice Responses A – D
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Multiple-Choice Responses A – E
People can respond to questions by selecting response options from the Polling Response menu
in the Participants panel or by entering keyboard shortcuts (listed in the table below).
When the Moderator selects a different type of poll, the available response buttons will change
accordingly.
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Type of Poll
Response Buttons
Yes/No
Multiple Choice with
three answer choices
Multiple Choice with
four answer choices
Multiple Choice with five
answer choices
None (clears all displayed blank square
polling responses)
Windows and Linux Shortcuts
Mac Shortcuts
Yes: Ctrl+1
Yes: Command-1
No: Ctrl+2
No: Command-2
A: Ctrl+1
A: Command-1
B: Ctrl+2
B: Command-2
C: Ctrl+3
C: Command-3
A: Ctrl+1
A: Command-1
B: Ctrl+2
B: Command-2
C: Ctrl+3
C: Command-3
D: Ctrl+4
D: Command-4
A: Ctrl+1
A: Command-1
B: Ctrl+2
B: Command-2
C: Ctrl+3
C: Command-3
D: Ctrl+4
D: Command-4
E: Ctrl+5
E: Command-5
Ctrl+0
Command-0
Moderators can determine whether polling responses are visible to both Moderators and Participants or Moderators only. For details about viewing the polling results, see If a Moderator
has enabled it, Participants can see the responses of others displayed next to their names in the
Participants list. Your own response is also shown in the button of the Polling Response menu.
below.
If a Moderator has enabled it, Participants can see the responses of others displayed next to
their names in the Participants list. Your own response is also shown in the button of the Polling Response menu.
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User Profiles
User Profiles are a means for users to publish information about themselves and to view information provided by others.
Viewing a User’s Profile
A user’s profile appears in a floating display beside the Participants list.
To view a user’s profile, hover your mouse over their name in the Participants list. The content
displayed in the user’s profile varies depending on how completely the user has filled in his or
her profile.
If a user does not have a profile, the display will simply contain the same name that is already
listed in the Participants list.
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To dismiss the profile, click on it or move your cursor off of the Participants list.
Editing Your User Profile
Create or edit your Profile in the Preferences dialog.
Note: All fields in the My Profile preferences dialog are optional.
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
o
From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
o
Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
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2. (Skip this step if you selected Edit Profile from your Participants Option menu in the Participants list.) In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select the My Profile preferences
panel under Profile.
3. Enter your information in the desired fields under the Identity tab.
To insert a photo, click the Change button and browse to select your photo. To remove
the photo, click on the Clear button.
Tip: Only .gif and .jpg or .jpeg files can be used for your User
Profile photo. If your photo is larger than 96 x 96 pixels, it will be
automatically scaled to fit the available space.
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4. Click on the Contact tab and enter information in the desired fields.
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5. Click on the Addresses tab and enter information in the desired fields.
6. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
Importing a vCard file
Instead of creating a new user profile for a Blackboard Collaboratesession from scratch, you can
import an existing vCard (*.vcf file).
1. Open the My Profile preferences dialog box. (See steps 1 and 2 under Editing Your User
Profile.)
2. Click on the Import button. The Open dialog box will open.
3. Navigate to the directory containing your vCard, select the .vcf file you wish to import and
then click on Open.
4. Click on OK to save your new profile and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save your
new profile and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
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Exporting a vCard file
You can export your Blackboard Collaborate profile as a .vcf file and import it into other applications (such as Outlook).
1. Open the My Profile preferences dialog box. (See steps 1 and 2 under Editing Your User
Profile.)
2. Click on the Export button. The Save dialog will open.
3. Navigate to the location in which you want to save the *.vcf file and then click on Save.
4. Click on OK to complete the export and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to complete
the export and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference dialog
without completing the export.
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Chapter 5
Video Broadcast
The Video feature of Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing enables you to transmit and
receive video broadcasts with others in a session. This is video you send live via a video camera
(e.g., web cam) – not to be confused with a pre-recorded video (movie) that Moderators can play
using the Multimedia feature.
The Video feature can display up to six simultaneous camera transmissions. For details, see Multiple Simultaneous Cameras on page 41
The Audio & Video window has the following Video components:
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1 Expand/Collapse button
4 Preview Video button
2 Options menu
5 Transmit Video button
3 Primary video display
You will know someone is transmitting video (has their Transmit Video button turned on) when
the blue Video activity indicator ( ) appears next to their name in the Participants list. (For
details on activity indicators, see Video Activity, Permission and Status Indicators below). In
the example below, Vivian and Lisa are transmitting video.
If the Video button is disabled (grayed out) in your Audio & Video panel, it means you do not
have permission to use Video. You can always view another's video transmission, change your
video display, preview your own Video and set your camera preferences but you need the Video
permission in order to transmit. (For information on permissions, see Understanding Permissions on page 18.)
Video Activity, Permission and Status Indicators
You can monitor the state of Video activity and permissions through indicators displayed in the
Participants list of the Participants panel.
For details about permissions, see Understanding Permissions on page 18.
Activity and Permission Indicators
The table below describes the icons displayed in the Participant list to indicate Moderator and
Participant permissions and activity while using Video.
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User has turned on his/her video camera.
Video permission is set globally to "on" but the Moderator has revoked
Video permission from this user.
Video permission is set globally to "off" but the Moderator has granted
Video permission to this user.
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Status Indicators
Status indicators appear on the Video activity indicator icons of Video users in the Participants
list if there are delays in the transmission or receipt of Video. When there are delays, the server
begins to drop frames. You will experience delays as a drop in video quality. The degree of delay
is indicated by color:
Amber Indicator: Appears when a person's receipt or transmission of video is moderately delayed.
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Red Indicator: Appears when a person's receipt or transmission of video is significantly
delayed.
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In the example to the right,
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Vivian is transmitting video,
Lisa is experiencing a moderate delay in
receiving Video,
Lucy is experiencing a significant delay in
receiving Video, and
Charlie is not having any problems receiving Video.
Previewing and Transmitting Video
Before you transmit video to everyone in the session, it is a good idea to preview it first to check
the quality of the image. If it is not satisfactory, you may want to adjust your camera settings
(refer to the documentation for your camera).
Tip: If your Video button is inaccessible (grayed out) it may be because a
Moderator has removed your Video permission or the maximum number
of simultaneous cameras has been reached.
If your Audio & Video panel is in its collapsed state, it will automatically be
expanded when you preview or transmit video.
Previewing Video
To preview video, click on the Preview button. Notice that, when activated, your Preview button
turns blue. The images captured by your camera will be displayed in your primary video display,
along with the word "Preview". No one else will be able to see your preview.
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Note: If you get an error when you click on the Preview button (such as
"Cannot connect to the video source"), your camera may be in use by
another application or you don't have the correct camera selected under
Preferences (see Selecting your Video Camera on the facing page).
Transmitting Video
To transmit video to everyone in the room, do one of the following:
o
Click on the Transmit Video button in the Audio & Video panel.
o
Enter the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F3 (Command-F3 on Mac).
Note: If you get an error when you click on the Video button (such as
"Cannot connect to the video source"), your camera may be in use by
another application or you don't have the correct camera selected under
Preferences (see Selecting your Video Camera on the facing page).
Notice that, when activated, your Video button displays a red camera.
Stopping Video Transmission
To stop video transmission, turn your camera off in the same way you turned it on:
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o
Click on the Video button in the Audio & Video panel.
o
Enter the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F3 (Command-F3 on Mac).
o
Click on the Preview button. You will continue to see video images, but others in the session will not.
Video Broadcast
Selecting your Video Camera
If you have only one video camera installed on your computer, that device is automatically used
by Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing to preview and transmit video. However, if you
have more than one video input device on your computer, you can select which device you want
to use through the Preferences dialog.
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
o
From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
o
Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select Camera Settings under Audio/Video.
3. Select the desired camera from the Select the camera to use drop-down list.
4. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
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Viewing Video
To view the video being transmitted by others, your primary video display must be open. If it is
collapsed, click on the Expand button to open it.
Alternatively, if you want to preview your Video, click on the Preview
Video button to expand the panel. If you want to transmit Video, click on
the Video button to expand the panel.
If you do not wish to view another's video transmission, collapse the primary video display by
clicking on the Collapse button.
For information on working with panels, see Working with Panels on
page 1.
In the primary video display, you may see either someone's profile picture (or default profile
icon) or Video transmission. The display will also show their name.
The Default Views
By default, the option Make Video Follow Speaker is turned on and the Moderator-only option,
Make Video Follow Moderator Focus, is turned off. These options affect what is shown in the
primary video display. (For information on these options and how to change what is presented
in the primary video display, see Controlling the Primary Video Display on page 42.)
If the default options are maintained (and you are not previewing your own video), the following
happens in the primary video display as people join the session, transmit video or speak:
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If you are the first person in the session, your primary video display will be blank. If you
click on the Transmit Video button, you will see your own transmission in the primary
video display.
When a second person joins the session, you will see their video transmission or, if they
are not transmitting video, their profile picture. It is assumed you will want to look at that
person, not yourself, regardless of who is speaking. (This happens even if neither of you
has spoken.)
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As subsequent people transmit video or speak, their video transmissions or profile pictures
are added as thumbnails.
Note: There is one exception: if neither of the first two parties is
transmitting video, when a third person joins the session, the primary video display will go blank until someone transmits video or
speaks.
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When someone speaks, your primary video display will always show either the profile picture or the video transmission of the person currently speaking or, if no one is speaking,
the last person to speak (even if that speaker has left the room).
When someone is transmitting video while you are previewing your own
video, the received video will be displayed in a thumbnail and the video
from your camera will be displayed in your primary video display.
In the example below, Lisa is speaking (she doesn't have her video camera turned on so you just
see her profile picture) and Vivian has her video camera turned on. Vivian's video is shown in a
thumbnail below the primary video display.
Hover your mouse over a thumbnail to display a "tool tip" containing the
transmitter’s name.
Multiple Simultaneous Cameras
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Sessions can be enhanced by having the video streams of multiple people displayed at once.
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing has the capacity to show the transmissions of up to
six video cameras simultaneously. Moderators can disable multiple simultaneous cameras (by setting the maximum allowed to one) or enable from two to six simultaneous cameras.
When there is more than one simultaneous camera enabled, the video stream of one person will
appear in the primary video display. Everyone else's transmission will appear in thumbnails, up
to a maximum of five thumbnails
For a discussion of what you will see (by default) in the primary video display as more people
transmit video, see The Default Views on page 40. For a discussion of how you can change that
display, see Controlling the Primary Video Display below.
Controlling the Primary Video Display
The primary video display can be controlled in three ways:
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setting the Make Video Follow Moderator Focus option,
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setting the Make Video Follow Speaker option, and
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by manually selecting what to display.
The Make Video Follow Moderator Focus option is set by Moderators only and overrides an
individual's Make Video Follow Speaker option. Both options override a person's ability to manually select what video stream to show in the primary video display.
Note: When images change in the primary video display, they may be a
bit fuzzy for a few seconds while the server changes the resolution of the
new image from low (which is what is used for thumbnails) to a higher resolution (which is used in the primary display).
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Make Video Follow Moderator Focus
Moderators can use the Make Video Follow Moderator Focus option to force everyone in the
room to see the same thing in their primary video display as what the Moderator is seeing in his
or her primary video display. This option overrides all other methods of controlling the primary
video display.
Make Video Follow Speaker
By default, the option to Make Video Follow Speaker is turned on. When it is turned on (and a
Moderator has not turned on Make Video Follow Moderator Focus), the primary video display
will always display either the profile picture or the video transmission (and the name) of the person currently speaking or, if no one is speaking, the last person to speak (even if that person has
left the room). The Moderator option Make Video Follow Moderator Focus always overrides
this option.
If you want to manually select the image to be shown in the primary video display, turn off
Make Video Follow Speaker. You can do so in two ways (provided the Moderator doesn't have
Make Video Follow Moderator Focus turned on):
o
From the Tools menu, select Video and then Make Video Follow Speaker.
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From the Audio & Video Options menu, select Make Video Follow Speaker.
To turn the option back on, just repeat the process.
Manually Selecting What to Display
If Make Video Follow Moderator Focus and Make Video Follow Speaker are turned off, you
can manually control what is displayed in your primary video display. To move a thumbnail
image into the primary video display, simply click on the thumbnail.
The image that was originally in the primary display will move to the thumbnail in which the
moved image previously resided – the images swap places.
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Chapter 6
The Chat Panel
The Chat panel enables you to exchange text messages with others in the session. It has the following components:
1 Expand/Collapse button
4 Options menu
2 Message text box
5 Conversation pane
3 Conversation tabs
6 Emoticon menu
You will know someone is entering a Chat message when the blue Chat activity indicator ( )
appears next to their name in the Participants list. In the example below, Ethel and Lisa are
entering Chat messages. (For details about activity indicators, see Chat Activity and Permission
Indicators on next page.)
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If the message text box is not visible in your Chat panel, it means you do not have permission to
use Chat. You will, however, always be able to read Chat messages and send a message to a Moderator. For instructions, follow the steps under Sending Messages to Selected Individuals on
page 49.
For information on working with panels, see Working with Panels.
Chat Activity and Permission Indicators
You can monitor the state of Chat activity and permissions through indicators displayed in the
Participants list of the Participants panel. These indicators are described in the table below.
For details about permissions, see Understanding Permissions on page 18.
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User is typing a Chat message.
Chat permission is set globally to "on" but Moderator has revoked Chat permission from this user.
Chat permission is set globally to "off" but Moderator has granted Chat permission to this user.
Viewing Chat Messages
New Chat messages appear at the bottom of the conversation pane of the Chat panel. You can
scroll back and forth to read messages in the conversation pane.
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When a new message arrives,
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if the scroll thumb is at the bottom of the scroll bar (the last Chat message is visible), the
conversation pane will scroll as new messages are received; but
if you had scrolled back to review earlier messages, the conversation pane will not scroll
when new messages are received – you must manually scroll to the bottom to see the new
message.
New Messages in Other Conversation Tabs
If you are not in a conversation when a message arrives, you will see a New Message Indicator
(Chat bubble) in the tab of that conversation. Simply click on the tab to read your message. (For
details on conversation tabs, see Conversation Tabs below.)
Conversation Tabs
When chatting in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, you can participate in more than
one conversation at a time. These conversations take place under conversation tabs. When a session begins, there are no conversation tabs.
When a new private conversation is initiated (by you or by someone else with you), a new conversation tab is added to the bottom of the Chat panel for that conversation and a Room conversation tab added for the room you are in (main room or breakout room).
As more private chat conversations are initiated, more tabs are opened. When you run out of
space for more tabs, new conversation tabs are added to a list on the right side of the Chat panel.
Just click on the double arrow icon to open the list of hidden conversation tabs.
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Note that, when there is a new Chat message in a conversation (one in which you are currently
not participating), a New Message Indicator (Chat bubble) is displayed in its tab. In the example
above, there is a new message in the conversation with Lucy.
Moving Between Conversations
You can move freely between conversations simply by clicking on the conversation tabs. You will
be able to catch up on all the messages others entered while you were away.
Closing Conversation Tabs
To close a conversation tab, hover your mouse over the people/person icon in the tab until it
changes to an X. Click on the X to close the conversation tab.
Sending Chat Messages
With Chat, you can send the following types of messages:
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public messages to everyone in your current room (main room or breakout room). For
details, see Sending Messages to Everyone in a Room or Existing Group Conversation
below
private messages to one or more selected individuals. This will initiate a new conversation in its own tab. For details, see Sending Messages to Selected Individuals on the
facing page
Sending Messages to Everyone in a Room or Existing Group Conversation
1. If the desired room tab or existing group conversation tab is not in focus, move to it. (For
details, see Moving Between Conversations above.) Go directly to step 3 since your cursor
will already by in the message text field.
To start a new group conversation, see Sending Messages to
Selected Individuals on the facing page.
2. If it isn't already there, place your cursor in the message text field by doing one of the following:
o
Click anywhere in the message text field.
o
Press Ctrl+M (Command-M on Mac).
3. Enter your text in the message text field. (You can type it or copy and paste from an exter-
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4. Press Enter to send your message. The message will appear in the conversation pane.
Sending Messages to Selected Individuals
You can send private messages to a specific person or group of people by selecting their names in
the Participants list.
These messages will appear to only yourself and those you selected from the Participants list,
with one notable exception: when a session is supervised.
A note on Supervised sessions: Some sessions are supervised, meaning that Moderators
will be able to see the activity of everyone in the session. You will know a session is supervised
by the presence of the word "Supervised" in the title of the Chat panel.
When you are entering a "private" message, keep in mind that all Moderators can read it in
supervised sessions.
1. Initiate the message in one of the following ways:
o
(If sending to one person) Double-click on the name of the person in the Participants list.
o
(If sending to one person) Select the person's name in the Participants list and then
select Send a Private Chat from their Participant Option menu.
o
(If sending to multiple people) Select the names of the people in the Participants list
(using the standard Shift or Control methods), right-click (Control-click on Mac) on
the highlighted names to open the Participants Option menu and then select Send a
Private Chat.
Do not click on the Participant Option menu of any
individual – that will unselect all the others you've selected in
the Participants list.
2. Enter your text in the message text field. (You can type it or copy and paste from an external source.)
3. Press Enter to send your message.
A new conversation tab will open in the recipient's Chat panel, with a New Message Indicator (Chat bubble) in the tab. The recipient will need to click on the new tab to read your
message.
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Adding Emoticons to your Chat Message
You can add emoticons to your Chat messages by selecting them from the Chat Emoticon menu
or by entering text strings in the Chat message text field. The text string equivalent of the emoticon selected in the Emoticon menu is displayed in the bottom left corner of the menu.
The following table lists a few of the most popular emoticons and their respective text strings.
Emotions
Icons
Text strings
Smiley
:) or :-)
Wink
;) or ;-)
Sad
:( or :-(
Surprised
:-o or :-O
Confused
:/ or :-(
Grin
:D or :-D
Angry
:@ or :-@
Thumbs up
(n)
Thumbs down
(y)
Adding External Links to your Chat Message
You can include HTTP links in your Chat messages either by typing them in directly, copying
and pasting them or dragging and dropping them from a browser or email message. Recipients
of your messages will be able to click on the links to open web sites in their default browsers.
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Link Type
Syntax
Example
HTTP web site
http://
http://www.blackboard.com
Secure HTTP web site
https:// https://addons.mozilla.org/
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Chapter 7
The Audio Feature
The Audio feature enables you to participate in conversations during a Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing session using a microphone and speakers (or headset) via Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP). If your organization offers teleconferencing services with Blackboard Collaborate, you can use the Telephony (telephone conferencing integration) feature for your in-session communications.
Audio shares a panel with Video in the Blackboard Collaborate interface. The panel has the following components relevant to Audio:
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1 Expand/Collapse button
5 Options menu
2 Microphone Level indicator and slider
6 Primary video display
3 Talk button
7 Speaker Level indicator and slider
4 Audio Setup Wizard button
You will know someone has their microphone turned on (has activated the Talk button) when
the blue Audio activity indicator ( ) appears next to their name in the Participants list. (For
details on activity indicators, see Audio Activity, Permission and Status Indicators on page 54.)
In the example below, Vivian and Lisa have their microphones turned on.
You may see the Video transmission or the profile picture (or default profile icon) of the person
currently speaking in the primary Video display. The display will also show their name. Whether
or not you see this depends on the configuration of the Video display. For details, see Viewing
Video on page 40.
For information on working with panels, see Working with Panels.
If the Talk button is disabled (grayed out) in your Audio & Video panel, it means you do not have
permission to use Audio. You can always receive audio and adjust your microphone and speaker
levels, but you need the Audio permission in order to send audio. (For information on permissions, see Understanding Permissions on page 18.)
Audio Activity, Permission and Status Indicators
You can monitor the state of Audio activity and permissions through indicators displayed in the
Participants list of the Participants panel.
Activity and Permission Indicators
The table below describes the icons displayed in the Participant list to indicate Moderator and
Participant permissions and activity while using Audio.
For details about permissions, see Understanding Permissions on page 18.
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Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User has turned on his/her microphone.
Audio permission is set globally to "on" but the Moderator has revoked
Audio permission from this user.
Audio permission is set globally to "off" but the Moderator has granted
Audio permission to this user.
User is running the Audio Setup Wizard.
Status Indicators
Status indicators appear on the Audio activity indicator icons of Audio users in the Participants
list if there are delays in the receipt of Audio or if the talker or listener is not responding to the
Audio service.
Amber Indicator: Appears when a listener's receipt of audio is delayed.
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Red Indicator: Appears when a talker or listener experiencing a significant delay (is
non-responsive) and may be offline from the session. This may indicate a problem with
the network connection and often will be followed by the user getting disconnected from
the session.
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Charlie is talking,
Ricky is experiencing a moderate delay in
receiving Audio,
Vivian is experiencing a significant delay in
receiving Audio, and
Ethel is not having any problems receiving
Audio.
Basic Audio Configuration
Generally speaking, it is recommended that you configure your Audio before the session begins.
There are a number of Audio settings that you can configure but you will likely only need to set
your microphone and speaker levels (see Using the Audio Setup Wizard on page 56).
The other available configuration items are advanced and, in most cases, you probably won’t
need to modify them. However, if you wish to modify the advanced Audio settings, you can do
so in the Preferences dialog.
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Using the Audio Setup Wizard
To verify that your Audio is set up correctly, we recommend that you use the Audio Setup Wizard before the session begins. This wizard is comprised of a series of panels that guide you
through selecting Audio input (microphone) and output (speaker) devices and setting your
speaker and microphone volumes.
Tip: To run the Audio Setup Wizard before your session begins, either join your session early
or open the Configuration Room on the Blackboard Collaborate Support Portal:
http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com
To open the Configuration Room, browse to First Time Users and then to Step 2 under Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing.
You can run the Audio Setup Wizard again at any time within your session.
Note: When you are using the Audio Setup Wizard during a session, you
will not be able to hear any of the session Audio. Others will know you
can't hear them because the Audio Setup Wizard icon
will appear next
to your name in the Participants list.
To open the Audio Setup Wizard, do one of the following:
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Click on the Audio Setup Wizard button at the top of the Audio & Video panel.
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From the Tools menu select Audio and then Audio Setup Wizard.
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From the Audio & Video Options menu, select Audio Setup Wizard.
On Windows or Linux
1. Select your audio output device (speakers), following the instructions given in the dialog
box.
2. Play the recorded audio message provided and adjust your speaker volume to a suitable
level. (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.)
3. Confirm whether or not your speaker was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 4.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 1.
4. Select an audio input device (microphone), following the instructions given in the dialog
box.
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5. Select your microphone type to get the best results when testing your microphone.
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Single Talker: Select this option if using a headset or a microphone just for yourself.
Multiple Talkers: Select this option if using a single microphone to pick up multiple
talkers, such as when you are in meeting room sharing the microphone with others.
This is the default.
6. Press Record and adjust your microphone recording level as you speak into the microphone (audio input device). (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.) Press Stop
when you are done.
7. Press Play to listen to the recording you just made and, based on the loudness and clarity
of the recording, determine if your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
8. Confirm whether or not your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 8.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 4.
9. Read the message in the dialog box and click on OK to complete Audio setup and exit the
Audio Setup Wizard.
On Mac OS X
1. Mac users cannot change their audio output (speaker) devices directly in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing – Blackboard Collaborate uses the system default device. To
change your output device, click on the speaker icon in the Select Audio Output Device
dialog of the Audio Setup Wizard and make your changes in the System Preferences
Sound Output panel.When done, click on OK to advance to the next panel of the wizard.
2. Play the recorded audio message provided and adjust your speaker (audio output device)
volume to a suitable level. (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.)
3. Confirm whether or not your speaker was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 3.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 1.
4. Select an audio input (microphone) device from the list or select the option Use System
Default Device. Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.
5. Select your microphone type to get the best results when testing your microphone.
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Single Talker: Select this option if using a headset or a microphone just for yourself.
Multiple Talkers: Select this option if using a single microphone to pick up multiple
talkers, such as when you are in meeting room sharing the microphone with others.
This is the default.
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6. Press Record and adjust your microphone recording level as you speak into the microphone (audio input device). (Follow the instructions given in the dialog box.) Press Stop
when you are done.
7. Press Play to listen to the recording you just made and, based on the loudness and clarity
of the recording, determine if your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
8. Confirm whether or not your microphone was set to an appropriate level.
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If you clicked on Yes, go to step 8.
If you clicked on No, you are prompted to try again or cancel. Click on Try Again
to go back to step 3.
9. Read the message in the dialog box and click on OK to complete Audio setup and exit the
Audio Setup Wizard.
Using Your Microphone
You can turn on your microphone in one of two ways:
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Click on the Talk button in the Audio & Video panel.
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Enter the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F2 (Command-F2 on Mac).
To turn your microphone off, again click on the Talk button or use the keyboard shortcut.
Notice that, when activated, your Talk button displays a blue microphone.
Tip: If your Talk button is inaccessible (grayed out) it may be because a
Moderator has removed your Audio permission, the maximum number of
simultaneous talkers has been reached or you are using the Telephony
feature for audio communications.
Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Levels
The microphone level indicator (microphone icon) shows the volume levels when you are speaking and the speaker level indicator (speaker icon) shows the volume levels when someone else is
speaking.
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Tip: If all talkers have their microphones set properly, listeners won’t
need to keep adjusting their speakers to accommodate changes in volume.
The best way to ensure proper microphone and speaker levels is to run
the Audio Setup Wizard at the beginning of the session. See Using the
Audio Setup Wizard on page 56.
Microphone Level
There are four ways to adjust your microphone level:
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Audio & Video panel: Grab the microphone level slider in the Audio & Video panel and
drag it to the right to increase the volume and to the left to decrease the volume.
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Options menu: From Audio & Video Options menu, select either Adjust Microphone
Level Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Microphone Level Down (to decrease the volume).
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Tools menu: From the Tools menu, select Audio and then select either Adjust Microphone Level Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Microphone Level Down (to decrease
the volume).
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Keyboard Shortcuts: Enter Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow (Shift-Command-Up Arrow on Mac)
to increase the volume or Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow (Shift-Command-Down Arrow on Mac)
to decrease the volume.
Speaker Level
There are four ways to adjust your speaker level:
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Audio & Video panel: Grab the speaker level slider in the Audio & Video panel and
drag it to the right to increase the volume and to the left to decrease the volume.
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Options menu: From Audio & Video Options menu, select either Adjust Speaker Level
Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Speaker Level Down (to decrease the volume).
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Tools menu: From the Tools menu, select Audio and then select either Adjust Speaker
Level Up (to increase the volume) or Adjust Microphone Speaker Down (to decrease the
volume).
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Keyboard Shortcuts: Enter Ctrl+Up Arrow (Command-Up Arrow on Mac) to increase
the volume or Ctrl+Down Arrow (Command-Down Arrow on Mac) to decrease the volume.
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Chapter 8
The Whiteboard
The Whiteboard is a type of content that, like Application Sharing and Web Tour, appears in the
Content area.
The Whiteboard is the main presentation area in the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
interface. If you have permission to use the Whiteboard drawing tools, the Tools palette appears
in the Whiteboard Content area.
The Whiteboard has the following components:
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6 Information menu
2 Collaboration toolbar
7 Whiteboard Page
3 Web Tour Mode button
8 Properties Editor palette
4 Scaling menu
9 Tools palette
5 Page name
When someone is loading content into the Whiteboard or using the Whiteboard tools, the blue
Whiteboard activity indicator ( ) appears next to their name in the Participants list. In the
example below, the Moderator Vivian is loading a presentation into the Whiteboard. (For details
on activity indicators, see Whiteboard Activity, Permission and Status Indicators on the facing
page.)
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Whiteboard Activity, Permission and Status Indicators
You can monitor the state of Whiteboard activity and permissions through indicators displayed
in the Participants list of the Participants panel.
Activity and Permission Indicators
The table below describes the icons displayed in the Participant list to indicate Moderator and
Participant permissions and activity while using the Whiteboard.
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User is loading content into the Whiteboard or using the Whiteboard tools.
Whiteboard permission is set globally to "on" but the Moderator has
revoked Whiteboard permission from this user.
Whiteboard permission is set globally to "off" but the Moderator has
granted Whiteboard permission to this user.
Adding Content to the Whiteboard
A number of different kinds of content can be added to the Whiteboard. Everyone in the session
can add objects using the Tools Palette (see The Tools Palette on page 63) and Moderators can
load image, PowerPoint, OpenOffice and Whiteboard files.
The Tools Palette
The Tools palette contains drawing and text tools you can use to create and manipulate objects
in the workspace. It also has options to place a screenshot or clip art from the included libraries.
Tools in the palette with a tabbed lower right corner have additional optional tools that can be
swapped into their spot. Click and hold the tool to expand the options.
Participants have access to the Whiteboard tools if they have been granted the Whiteboard tools
permission (see Understanding Permissions).
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1 Selector tool
7 Line tool
2 Pointer tools
8 Screenshot tool
3 Pencil tool
9 Clip art tool
4 Text box tool
10 Highlighter tool
5 Filled shape tools
11 Simple text tool
6 Empty shape tools
The Properties Editor
When you click on any of the text or drawing tools in the Tools palette, the Properties Editor palette will appear at the bottom of the Whiteboard. From here you can format your text or graphic
by specifying various properties. The contents of the Properties Editor palette changes depending on which tool is being used or which objects are selected. For example, if you are using the
Filled Ellipse or Filled Rectangle tool, the Properties Editor will present color buttons only.
The Properties Editor for the Simple Text and Text Editor tools contains buttons to set color,
font, size and style properties.
Note: If you select two different kinds of objects, the Properties Editor
Palette will display the attributes common to those objects.
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Note: When changing the color on the Properties Editor, clicking outside
the color palette for the first time closes the palette. Click a second time to
start drawing.
Inserting Text
The Whiteboard has two text tools. The Simple Text tool creates text as an object directly on the
canvas. The text can be manipulated just like a shape or image in a graphic design program. The
Text Box tool creates a bounding box for text, and the text inside can be edited as in a word processor or publishing program.
Using the Simple Text Tool
Follow the steps below to enter a single line of text:
1. Click on the
Simple Text tool.
If the Simple Text tool is not in the Tools Palette, click and hold the Text Box tool
until it expands to reveal the Simple Text tool icon, the click on the Simple Text tool.
2. Select the font name, color, size, bold, underline and/or italics from the Properties Editor.
3. Click the Whiteboard to place an insertion point, and then type the text.
4. Press Enter when you are done typing the line of text.
Note: The Simple Text Tool lets you type only one line of text at a time.
You cannot insert a line break and the text does not automatically wrap to
the next line when it reaches the edge of the Whiteboard page, as the Text
Editor does.
Using the Text Editor Tool
Follow the steps below to enter multiple lines of wrapping text:
1. Click on the
Text Box tool.
If the Text Box tool is not in the Tools Palette, click and hold the Simple Text tool
until it expands to reveal the Text Box tool icon, then click on the Text Box tool.
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2. Single-click on the Whiteboard to create a text box of the default size (250 x 70 pixels).
Alternatively, click and hold down the mouse button as you drag the cursor to create a text
box of the desired size. Either way, the Properties Editor will appear at the bottom of the
Whiteboard.
3. Select the font name, color, size, bold, underline and/or italics from the Properties Editor.
4. Type your text, pressing Enter when you want to create a new line of text within the text
box.
Note: If the amount of text you type exceeds the space available in the
text box, a scroll bar will appear on the right side of the text box. If you
don’t want the scroll bar, resize the text box to display all the text.
Note: The maximum number of characters that can be entered in a Text
Editor object is 10,000.
Inserting External Links
You can insert links into Whiteboard text using either the Simple Text tool or the Text Editor
tool. Anyone viewing your Whiteboard page will be able to click on your links to access an Internet site or send an email.
Note: To enter a link using the Simple Text tool, do not enter any text
except that contained in the link. If you do, the link will not work.
Link Type
Syntax
Example
HTTP web site
http://
http://www.blackboardcollaborate.com
Secure HTTP web site https:// https://addons.mozilla.org/
FTP site
ftp://
ftp://ftp.linuxfocus.org/
Email message
mailto:
mailto:docs@blackboard.com
Note: To launch a link, pass over the link with the Selection tool. The
pointer will change to a hand. Single click on the link with the hand
pointer. The application that opens the link will be specific to your system.
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Inserting Special Symbols and Characters (Windows only)
To type a special symbol or character on the Whiteboard, locate the ANSII numeric code for the
special symbols or character that you want to type (for a list of all available codes, see 1252 Windows Latin 1 (ANSI)) and follow these steps:
1. Select the Simple Text tool or Text Editor and click on the Whiteboard where you want to
insert the symbol or character.
2. Make sure NUM LOCK is on.
3. Hold down the Alt key and then, using the numeric keypad, type the numeric character
code for the character that you want to type. For example, to place the copyright symbol
on the Whiteboard hold down the Alt key and enter the numeric character code 0169.
Note: Some special characters only can be typed using Bold text. If
the character you want does not appear when you enter the character code, select the character you typed and choose Bold from the
Properties Editor.
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Inserting Graphics
Use the following tools to insert graphics into the Whiteboard:
Tool
Options
Freehand
Line
Select the color, transparency, and line thickness from the
Properties Editor.
Select the color, transparency, and line thickness from the
Properties Editor.
Filled Shapes (rectangle
and ellipse)
Empty Shapes (rectangle
and ellipse)
Select the color and transparency from the Properties
Editor.
Select the color, transparency, and line thickness from the
Properties Editor.
Tip: Holding down the Shift key while drawing the line will result in a
horizontal, vertical or a line at a 45 degree angle depending on the
direction that you draw it. Holding down the Shift key while drawing an
ellipse will result in a circle. Holding down the Shift key while drawing a
rectangle will result in a square.
Inserting Clip Art Images
Clip art images can be loaded from a Clip Art library of presentation and mathematical symbols.
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Follow the steps below to insert a clip art image on the Whiteboard:
1. Click on the
Insert Clip Art button. The Clip Art dialog opens.
2. Select the tab that contains the clip art you wish to load.
3. Select (single-click on) the desired image.
Tip: As you hover your mouse over an image, a tool tip will provide
a description of the image.
4. Move your cursor to the desired position on the Whiteboard then click on the Whiteboard
to anchor the image into position.
Inserting Clip Art Images as Stamps
You can use clip art images as stamps, so you can repeatedly insert the same image over and
over. To do so, double-click on the desired image in the Clip Art dialog.
Your cursor will change to a stamp icon. Click on the Whiteboard in as may places as you
want to leave a stamp. The cursor will remain a stamp tool until you select a different clip
art image or use one of the Whiteboard drawing tools.
Inserting Screen Captures
The Screen Capture tool creates an image of a portion of your desktop, any application, or web
site and loads it into the Whiteboard.
Follow the steps below to capture a screen image:
1. Click on the
Insert Screen Capture button. A transparent frame appears with four but-
tons in the middle.
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2. Click inside the frame and drag it into position on the screen so that the desired area is
completely enclosed by it. Click and drag the edges of the frame to resize it.
Switching between programs or performing certain other tasks under the frame may
cause the frame to stop updating. Click Refresh to manually update the frame if this
occurs.
3. Do one of the following:
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Select the option OK to capture exactly what is enclosed in the frame at that
moment.
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Select With Delay to add a ten second delay before the frame is captured. This
gives some time to position the cursor or other feature of the desktop that must be
maintained with the mouse in order to be captured.
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Select Cancel to close the frame without capturing an image.
4. The image appears on the Whiteboard. Position the image on the Whiteboard by dragging
it to a new location and click on the Whiteboard region to anchor it in position.
Setting Whiteboard Preferences
The Whiteboard Content Options preferences panel is used to set content loading options and
Whiteboard page size. To set the options, do the following:
1. Open the Preferences dialog in one of the following ways:
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From the Edit menu, select Preferences… (Windows & Linux)
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From the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing menu, select Preferences
(Mac OS X)
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Enter Ctrl+Comma (Windows & Linux)
Enter Command-Comma (Mac OS X)
2. In the left pane of the Preferences dialog, select the Content Options preferences panel
under Whiteboard. This opens the Whiteboard Content Options preferences panel.
3. Set the following options as needed:
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Page Insertion Location: Select where you want newly loaded Whiteboard
content to be placed in relation to existing pages: after the current page,
before the current page or replace the current page.
Before you load content into the Whiteboard,
remember to move to the appropriate "current" page.
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Page Size: You can size your pages for a specific monitor resolution or you
can specify the width and height in pixels.
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If you select Monitor Resolution, use the drop-down menu to choose
the appropriate resolution from the list. The default screen resolution is
1024 by 768 pixels.
If you select Canvas Size, enter the Width and Height in the text boxes
provided.
Each of the Monitor Resolution options has a corresponding Canvas Size –
they are just two ways of expressing the same thing. These options can be
used interchangeably.
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Presentation Import Options: When selected, the Include Speaker Notes
option will place the presenter notes from your imported PowerPoint or OpenOffice.org presentation into the Notes editor of all session attendees.
OpenOffice.org Application: The OpenOffice.org executable will be found
automatically on Mac and Windows systems if you select the option Use
default OpenOffice.org installation (this is the default). If you wish to use an
installation other than the default, unselect Use default OpenOffice.org installation and browse to the location of that installation.
4. Click on OK to save your preferences and close the Preferences dialog, Apply to save
your preferences and leave the Preferences dialog open or Cancel to close the Preference
dialog without saving any of your changes.
When you configure preferences, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing will remember the
settings each time you join another session on the same computer.
Working with Whiteboard Pages
As a Participant, you can navigate between pages in a Breakout Room and save and print pages
in Breakout Rooms or the Main Room.
Navigating Between Pages
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To move to the next page, do one of the following:
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Click the Next Page button
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Enter Alt + Page Down (Option-Page Down on Mac).
To move to the previous page, do one of the following:
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Click the Previous Page button
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Enter Alt + Page Up (Option-Page Up on Mac) .
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Navigating Between Pages
To navigate between pages, you can use the Whiteboard navigation bar, the Page Explorer (see
Using the Explore Pages Window), or the Page Up and Page Down keys on your keyboard.
Note: You can freely navigate between pages in breakout rooms but must
be given permission by the Moderator to navigate between pages of the
Main room. You will know you are free to move between Main room
pages when you see a red border around your Whiteboard content area.
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To move to the next page:
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In the Whiteboard Navigation bar or Page Explorer, click the Next Page button
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In the Tools menu, select Whiteboard followed by Go to Next Page.
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Type Alt + Page Down (Option-Page Down on Mac) .
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If focus is on the Go to Page menu of the Navigation bar, press the Down Arrow.
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Double-click on the desired page in the Page Explorer.
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To move to the previous page:
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In the Whiteboard Navigation bar or Page Explorer, click the Previous Page button
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In the Tools menu, select Whiteboard followed by Go to Previous Page.
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Type Alt + Page Up (Option-Page Up on Mac).
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If focus is on the Go to Page menu of the Navigation bar, press the Up Arrow.
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Double-click on the desired page in the Page Explorer.
Using the Whiteboard Navigation Bar
The Whiteboard navigation bar allows you to move within a page Group, to a new page Group or
to your private work area.
The Whiteboard Navigation bar is located in the upper right corner of the Content area whenever the Page Explorer is not open.
1 Previous Page button
3 Go to Page menu
2 Next Page button
6 Navigation Options menu
When the Page Explorer is open, the Navigation bar is located at the top of the Page Explorer
window.
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Use the Previous Page and Next Page buttons to move within the current page Group. The
navigation buttons allow you to navigate only through the current page Group. Use the Go
to Page Menu or the Page Explorer to go to a different page Group.
Use the Go to Page menu to select and move to a particular page. When you move to a private page or a page belonging to a different room, or have Explore Mode activated, other
Participants will remain on their current page.
The Navigation Options menu contains a menu item to open the page Explorer. For more
information, see Using the Explore Pages Window.
Saving Whiteboard Pages
You can save the Whiteboard pages in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing in the following formats:
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WBD File – When Whiteboard pages are saved as a Whiteboard file (.wbd), they are
saved as one file that can only be imported and reviewed in a Blackboard Collaborate session.
WBP File – When Whiteboard pages are saved as a Protected Whiteboard file (.wbp),
they are saved as one file that can only be imported and reviewed in a Blackboard Collaborate session. These files are protected and cannot be printed, saved, or edited unless
the Moderator removes the protection flag by selecting Tools, then Whiteboard, and deselecting the command Protect Whiteboard.
PDF File – When Whiteboard pages are saved as a PDF file (.pdf), they are saved as one
file and can be reviewed outside of the Blackboard Collaborate environment.
PNG File – When Whiteboard pages are saved as Image files (.png), they are saved as separate images and can be loaded individually onto the Whiteboard as images or used in any
other image processing application.
To save Whiteboard pages, do the following:
1. Open the Save Whiteboard dialog by doing one of the following:
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From the File menu, select Save followed by Whiteboard…
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In the Page Explorer, select the page(s) and/or Group(s) you wish to save and then
right-click (Control-Click on Mac) on the selected page. The context menu appears.
Select Save…
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Type Ctrl+S (Command-S on Mac). The Save dialog appears. Select Whiteboard and
click on Save.
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2. The Select Pages dialog box appears. Choose
whether you want to save All Pages in the
Current Group, only the Current Page or
Selected Pages. If you choose Selected
Pages, a list of pages in the Whiteboard
appears. Select the page(s) you wish to save.
Use Shift or Control (same on Mac) to
select multiple pages. Then click OK.
3. From the Save Whiteboard dialog box, navigate to and open the file folder in which you
want to save the Whiteboard.
4. Type a file name in the File name text box.
5. Scroll through the Files of type drop-down
menu and choose the file format.
6. Click Save to save the file and close the
Save Whiteboard dialog box.
Printing Whiteboard Pages
You can print individual pages, multiple selected
pages and page Groups.
1. Open the Select Pages dialog by doing one
of the following:
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From the File menu, select Print and then choose Whiteboard…
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Enter Ctrl+P (Command-P on Mac). The Print dialog appears. Select Whiteboard
and click on Print.
2. The Select Pages dialog box opens. Choose whether you want to print All Pages in the
current page Group, only the Current Page or Selected Pages. If you choose Selected
Pages, you will then see a list of all the pages available to you in the current session. Select
the desired page(s) from the list. Use Shift or Control (same on Mac) to select multiple
pages. Then click OK.
3. The Page Set-up dialog box opens. Specify your preferences and click OK.
Note: If the Whiteboard is protected, no one, including the Moderator,
can print any pages.
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Chapter 9
Application Sharing
Application Sharing enables session participants to share their applications or entire desktops
with others in the session. Application Sharing is a type of content that, like the Whiteboard and
Web Tour, appears in the Content area.
You will know someone is hosting an Application Sharing session when the blue Application
Sharing activity indicator ( ) appears next to their name in the Participants list. (For details on
activity indicators, see Application Sharing Activity, Permission and Status Indicators on next
page.) In the example below, Vivian is sharing an application or her desktop.
There are two conditions that need to be met before you can host an Application Sharing
session: you must have been granted the Application Sharing permission and a Moderator must
have switched to Application Sharing mode in the Content Area.
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Indicators
You can monitor the state of Application Sharing activity and permissions through indicators displayed in the Participants list of the Participants panel.
Activity and Permission Indicators
The table below describes the icons displayed in the Participant list to indicate Moderator and
Participant permissions and activity while using Application Sharing.
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User is conducting an Application Sharing session.
Application Sharing permission is set globally to "on" but the Moderator has
revoked Application Sharing permission from this user.
Application Sharing permission is set globally to "off" but the Moderator
has granted Application Sharing permission to this user.
Status Indicators
Status indicators appear on the Application Sharing activity indicator icons of Application Sharing users in the Participants list if they are experiencing delays in the receipt of Application Sharing content.
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Amber Indicator: Appears when receipt of Application Sharing content is moderately
delayed.
Red Indicator: Appears when receipt of Application Sharing content is significantly
delayed.
Note: Only the person currently hosting an Application Sharing session
can see status indicators. Viewers do not see them.
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Lucy is sharing an application,
Vivian is experiencing a moderate delay in
receiving the Application Sharing content,
Lisa is experiencing a significant delay in
receiving the Application Sharing content,
and
Charlie is not having any problems receiving the Application Sharing content.
An Application Share is a type of content, and appears in the Content area like the Whiteboard
and Web Tour.
All participants have an Action bar in the upper left corner of the Content area while in Application Share mode. For Participants without the Application Sharing permission, the bar contains only the option to scale the shared area of the host's desktop to fit in the Participant's
content area.
Participants who have Application Sharing permission have the additional option to request control of the host's desktop. For information on this feature refer to Requesting Control of an
Application Share from the Host.
Scaling the Shared Content
The screen area shared by the Host can be scaled to fit the Content area or viewed at its native
size.
To view the content at the same size as the Host, do one of the following:
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Uncheck Scale To Fit in the Action bar.
o
From the Tools menu select Application Sharing and then uncheck Scale to Fit.
To restore scaling, recheck Scale To Fit.
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Maximizing the Content Area
Your other option is to resize the Application Sharing Content area.
You can optimize the space available in the Content area in two ways; for maximum space, do
both:
o
Maximize your Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing window.
o
Hide the side bar (Audio & Video, Participants and Chat panels) by unselecting Show Side
Bar in the View menu or by grabbing the border of any one of the panels and dragging it
all the way to the left.
To restore the side bar, reselect Show Side Bar or drag the panel border back to the right.
Emphasized Cursor
If the application host has turned on the option Emphasize Cursor, you will see their cursor surrounded with a circle (the default color is yellow), making it easier for you to follow.
Hosting an Application Sharing Session
Application Sharing Mode
Before you can conduct an Application Sharing session, you must have been granted the Application Sharing permission and must switch to Application Sharing mode in the Content area.
(For details on modes, see The Content Area Modes on page 12.)
Be careful not to inadvertently switch modes on someone else who is
presenting content. Everyone in the session will follow you to the new
mode.
Switch to Application Sharing Mode in one of the following ways:
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In the Collaboration toolbar, click the Application Sharing Mode button.
o
In the View menu, select Application Sharing.
Application Sharing
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Enter the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+A (Command-Option-A on Mac).
o
In the Tools menu, select Application Sharing followed by Start Sharing….
o
Open the Tools menu, select Application Sharing, and choose Share Entire Desktop. This
will start Application Sharing immediately without opening the Available Sharing Selections dialog.
When in Application Sharing mode, the Available Sharing Selections dialog will open.
Starting Application Sharing
Before you can start an Application Sharing session, you must be in Application Sharing mode.
For details, see Application Sharing Mode on previous page.
To start Application Sharing, do the following:
1. Open the Available Sharing Selections dialog by clicking on the Start Sharing button in
the Action bar.
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2. Click on Share Desktop or an available program window to highlight it. For programs
with multiple available windows, click the arrow icon to expand the list if you wish to
share only one window from the program.
Note: Minimized (Windows) program windows will not be available
to share.
3. Click Share to begin sharing, or Cancel to close the menu without starting a share.
If you wish to begin a new share after canceling, click the Start Sharing button in the
Action bar.
4. Move the window you wish to share to the front of the desktop. Obscured windows or portions of windows will not be visible to remote Participants.
Tip: One helpful approach is to resize the window you intend to
share so that it matches the dimensions and position of the Content
area. That way you will be sure to have access to all of the
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing tools even while you are
sharing.
The Application Share persists until it is closed or the host leaves the session. If a Moderator switches to Whiteboard or Web Tour mode, the share will still be active, but not visible until a Moderator switches back to Application Sharing mode. For more information
refer to Pausing or Ending an Application Share on page 85.
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The Host's View of Application Sharing
When you are the host of an Application Sharing session, by default your shared application or
desktop will have a yellow border around it, making it easy to identify on your screen.
Attached to the border will be a controller (normally at the top but may move to the bottom, left
side or right side if there is no room for it on the top) with buttons for stopping and pausing/resuming the application share and a button for sending a snapshot of the Application Sharing window to the Whiteboard. If the entire desktop is shared, the controller appears in the top
right corner of the screen.
1 Host's Action bar
4 Pause/Resume button
2 Stop Sharing button
5 Send Snapshot to Whiteboard button
3 Host's controller
Controlling an Application Share
While running an Application Share, a host can, for the most part, continue to use the program
or desktop as usual. However, the Share itself can be stopped, paused, previewed, or captured.
Caution: If you are sharing an application that has a keyboard shortcut
identical to one in Blackboard Collaborate, and focus is on Application
Sharing, the shortcut will activate its associated command in the shared
application, not in Blackboard Collaborate.
Pausing a Share
A paused Share stops refreshing for remote Participants, but can be easily restarted later. A
Share is effectively paused if a Moderator switches to Whiteboard or Web Tour mode.
To pause a share, do one of the following:
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o
In the Action bar, click Pause Sharing.
o
Open the Tools menu, followed by Application Sharing, and click Pause Application Sharing. This menu item is not available unless there is an active share.
o
In the Host's controller, click the Pause button
o
Switch to either the Whiteboard or Web Tour mode. (For details, see The Content Area
Modes on page 12.)
.
To resume a Share, click the Pause button again, uncheck the Pause Application Sharing menu
item, or click Resume Sharing in the Application Sharing Action bar.
Previewing a Share
Hosts can activate a small preview window to see how the Share appears to other Participants.
This helps them know if part of a shared window is obscured or if the Share becomes frozen or
lost.
To open the preview window, from the Tools menu select Application Sharing and then Show
Preview. A small preview window opens. This window reflects what is visible to remote participants.
Taking a Screenshot
Hosts can send a Snapshot of what is being shared to the Whiteboard. To capture an image and
send it to the Whiteboard, do one of the following:
o
Enter the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Print Screen (Control-F13 on Mac).
o
In the Host's controller, click the Send Snapshot to Whiteboard button
o
From the Tools menu select Application Sharing and then Send Snapshot to Whiteboard
to send an image of the current Share exactly as it is at that moment. Select Send Snapshot to Whiteboard with Delay to take the Snapshot after a ten second delay.
.
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing switches automatically to Whiteboard mode and
pauses the Share until the host resumes it.The snapshot will be placed as the background image
of a new Whiteboard slide, immediately after the current Whiteboard page. The title of the new
page will be Application Sharing Image x, where x is an incremental number.
Giving Control of an Application Share to Another
You can give viewers of an Application Sharing session the ability to remotely control the shared
application or desktop. Participants do not need the Application Sharing permission to take control. (They do, however, require the Application Sharing permission to request control.)
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Those with control over a remote application or desktop can move the mouse cursor, click, and
type. The Host also retains control at all times, and can revoke control from the remote controller at any time. Only the Host and one other person can share control at once.
When sharing an application window or a program, the remote participant's control is limited
only to that application. The participant has no access to other areas of the host's desktop.
When the Host is sharing their entire desktop, the remote controller has
access to the Host's entire computer. Be very careful when giving remote
control access to your desktop.
To give another the ability to control an Application Share that you are hosting, do the following:
1. Select the desired person in the Participants list.
2. Open the Tools menu and select Application Sharing followed by Give Control of Shared
Applications.
The person remotely controlling your Application Share will have joint control over your cursor
until they voluntarily end their control or you revoke it.
To end control of the Application Share, the remotely controlling Participant can select Application Sharing from the Tools menu and then Release Control of Shared Applications.
Revoking Control
To revoke a person's ability to remotely control your Application Share, do one of the following:
o
Type the keyboard shortcut for revoking control. The default is Control+Space.
o
From the Tools menu and select Application Sharing followed by Take Away Control of
Shared Applications.
Pausing or Ending an Application Share
To pause an Application Sharing session, do one of the following:
o
In the Action bar, click Pause Sharing.
o
Switch to Whiteboard mode. (For details, see The Content Area Modes on page 12.)
To end an Application Sharing session, do one of the following:
o
Enter the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+S (Control-Shift-S on Mac).
o
In the Action bar, click Stop Sharing.
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Open the Tools menu, followed by Application Sharing, and click Stop Sharing. This
menu item is not available unless there is an active share.
Application Sharing
Chapter 10
Web Tour
The Web Tour feature enables session participants to share web pages with others in the session.
Web Tour is a type of content that, like the Whiteboard and Application Sharing, appears in the
Content area.
The Web Tour interface has the following components:
1 Collaboration toolbar
5 Address text box
2 Navigation bar
6 Follow Me option
3 Back button
7 Options menu
4 Forward button
You will know someone is hosting a Web Tour when the blue Web Tour activity indicator ( )
appears next to their name in the Participants list. (For details on activity indicators, see Web
Tour Activity and Permission Indicators on next page.) In the example below, Vivian is hosting
a Web Tour.
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There are two conditions that need to be met before you can host a Web Tour: you must have
been granted the Web Tour permission and a Moderator must have switched to Web Tour mode
in the Content Area.
Web Tour Mode
Before you can conduct a Web Tour, you must have been granted the Web Tour permission and
must switch to Web Tour mode in the Content area. (For details on modes, see The Content
Area Modes on page 12.)
Be careful not to inadvertently switch modes on someone else who is
presenting content. Everyone in the session will follow you to the new
mode.
Switch to Web Tour Mode in one of the following ways:
o
In the Collaboration toolbar, click the Web Tour Mode button.
o
In the View menu select Web Tour.
o
Enter the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+U (Command-Option-U on Mac).
Web Tour Activity and Permission Indicators
You can monitor the state of Web Tour activity and permissions through indicators displayed in
the Participants list of the Participants panel. These indicators are described in the table below.
For details about permissions, see Understanding Permissions on page 18.
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
User is conducting a Web Tour (or Web Push).
Web Tour permission is set globally to "on" but the Moderator has revoked
Web Tour permission from this user.
Web Tour permission is set globally to "off" but the Moderator has granted
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Web Tour
Activity
Indicator
Meaning
Web Tour permission to this user.
Starting a Web Tour
Before you can start a Web Tour, you must be in Web Tour mode. For details, see Web Tour
Mode on previous page.
To start a Web Tour, do the following:
1. Select the Follow Me option if you want others to see the web pages to which you will be
browsing. (For details, see The Follow Me Option below.)
2. Enter the URL of the desired web site in the Address text box of the Web Tour navigation
bar.
3. Press Enter.
Conducting a Web Tour
Within the Web Tour, you can navigate through the current web site by clicking on links or can
move to a different web site by entering a new URL in the Address text box. As you move
between web pages, Web Tour maintains a history of where you have been. You can use the
Back and Forward buttons to move between the pages kept in the history.
The Follow Me Option
By default, your Follow Me option is not selected and you will need to select it if you want
others to view the web pages to which you will be browsing. With Follow Me selected, session
attendees will be able to freely browse to other pages in the Web Tour, independent of the pages
to which you browse. However, when you move to a new page, they will be redirected to your
new page. If you don't want to push them to your new pages, unselect the Follow Me option.
When you start a Web Tour, you are automatically the "tour guide". However, a Moderator, or
Participant with the Web Tour permission, can take control of the Web Tour by selecting their
Follow Me option. Your Follow Me option will be unselected. You can take back control by
selecting it again.
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Publishing URL to Chat Panel
Moderators, and Participants with the Web Tour permission, can publish the URL of the current
web page to the Chat Conversation pane so it is accessible to (clickable by) everyone. To do so,
select Publish URL to Chat from the Web Tour Options menu.
Stopping the Web Tour
To stop the Web Tour, do one of the following:
o
Unselect the Follow Me option.
o
Switch to Whiteboard mode. (For details, see The Content Area Modes on page 12.)
Viewing a Web Tour
A Web Tour is a type of content, and appears in the Content area like the Whiteboard and Application Sharing.
Once someone starts a Web Tour, you can freely navigate to other pages within the website by
clicking on links or using the Back and Forward buttons. However, if the Host of the Web Tour
has selected the Follow Me option, you will be redirected to the Host's current page whenever
the Host moves to a new page. For more information on Follow Me, see The Follow Me Option
on previous page.
Optimizing the Content Area
The Web Tour content often may not fit into your Content area so you will have to use the scroll
bars to view web pages.
You can optimize the space available in the Content area in two ways; for maximum space, do
both:
o
Maximize your Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing window.
o
Hide the side bar (Audio & Video, Participants and Chat panels) by unselecting Show Side
Bar in the View menu or by grabbing the border of any one of the panels and dragging it
all the way to the left.
To restore the side bar, reselect Show Side Bar or drag the panel border back to the right.
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Chapter 11
Interactive Recordings
Moderators can record sessions and provide you with a link to the recording so you can play the
recording. This is useful for those who have missed a session or to those who attended but
would like to review the session.
All activity that occurs in the main room of the session will be recorded, except for private Chat
messages, the Timer and personal Notes. (Only the activity in the main Blackboard Collaborate
Web Conferencing room will be recorded. Anything that occurs in a breakout room will not be
recorded.) As the recording progresses, Blackboard Collaborate inserts index entries to mark significant events within the session. Anyone viewing the recording can navigate through the
recording to points marked with index entries.
You can tell that a session is being recorded in two ways:
o
A red Recording icon appears in the Collaboration toolbar.
o
The audible notification “Recording started” is played. (If you are using the telephone for
audio communications, you will not hear it.)
Note: If you join the session after recording has already resumed, you will
hear the audible notification “Recording in progress.”
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