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Blackboard Collaborate

Presenters' Corner

If using Blackboard Collaborate for the first time, visit the Getting Started section first. It is strongly recommended that you attend an orientation / test session prior to the live session. The webinar organizer can arrange this with you.

Presenters need a reliable wired Internet connection, a quiet location to present from, and should plan to join the session at least 20 minutes before the start time.

Please contact the session organizer ASAP if you have any questions about the features available to you in Blackboard Collaborate.

Whiteboard / PowerPoint Presentations

Files that are supported for loading into the Whiteboard are:

  • .ppt & .pptx
  • .wwb (Wimba Whiteboard)
  • .wbd (Blackboard Collaborate 11 web conferencing and Elluminate Live! Whiteboard)
  • Image files: (.png, .jpg, .bmp, .gif)

Note that PDF (.pdf), Word (.doc, .docx) and Prezi (.pez) files cannot be loaded into the Whiteboard.

When your presentation is uploaded to the whiteboard, the slides will be flattened - embedded audio/video, slide transitions and animations will no longer function, and hyperlinks will not be clickable.

It's good practice to enter any hyperlinks that you would like to share into a separate document, so they can be copy and pasted into the chat window where they are clickable.

Creating PowerPoint files to be imported into the whiteboard

Adapted from Blackboard Collaborate Support Portal Best Practices.

  • For best results when using web conferencing, set the DPI setting for PowerPoint to 96 DPI (the default is set to 220 DPI).

  • Avoid presentations over 20 MB in size.

  • Keep the number of slides in your presentations to less than 60 slides.
    If you need to upload more than 60 slides, it is recommended that you divide the PowerPoint into two separate PowerPoint presentations, and plan for a stopping point / discussion break in between.

  • Keep images small
    Avoid using large images in your presentation. The larger the image, the longer it will take participants to download and view the presentation.

  • Avoid backgrounds with pictures and gradients. Use solid color backgrounds
    Use background images that do not contain too many colors. Individual slides get converted to still images and the more colors are in an image, the longer it will take participants to download

  • Avoid animations, video, and interactions
    PowerPoint slides get converted to still images, animations are lost and will not be displayed in web conferencing.

  • Use built-in PowerPoint Templates
    Names in the title field of PowerPoint templates will be displayed in web conferencing and will make it easier for you to navigate through your presentation.

Polling / Quizzes

If you want to poll participants, the Polling feature can be set up for the following responses:

  • Yes / No
  • A-C Multiple Choice
  • A-D Multiple Choice
  • A-E Multiple Choice
Incorporating polls into your presentation
  • Create a slide for each of your questions, with the response options listed.
  • Plan time to allow your participants to respond, and for you or the moderator to publish and clear the responses.

By default, the polling selections made by participants will appear next to their name in the participants window, and will be visible to all.

More complex quizzes can be created in the Quiz Manager, but will require additional setup in advance of the session. If you are interested in the using the Quiz Manager, speak with the session organizer.

Last modified April 11 2014 11:30 AM