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Published on August 22nd, 2017 | by University Communications

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Lions SHARE Courses begin integrating Collaborate ULTRA web conferencing tool

The Academic Affairs office of Teaching and Learning Innovation (TALI) is excited to introduce a major upgrade to the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing service, which is a synchronous webinar or web conferencing platform used by many instructors and students throughout the university.

For the 2017FA1 term, the Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA web conferencing experience is being integrated into all 16-week University Campus courses, all 16-week WorldWide fully online courses, plus some other pilot programs.

Then, in the 2017FA2 term, ALL university courses will feature the new ULTRA experience.

Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA web conferencing is a tool that allows for both live and recorded interaction between instructors, students, and course material via an easy-to-use, install-free, customizable, virtual meeting space that is being placed into Courses.

And how, you might ask, will you learn how to use this new ULTRA experience?

  • If you’re not the type of person who likes to do tutorials, you can fire up Collaborate right away, and on-screen prompts will provide guidance as you use the system, like a virtual assistant. Remember that for 2017FA1 term only 16-week University Campus courses, 16-week WorldWide fully online courses, and a few select pilot programs will be using Collaborate ULTRA.
  • Just in case, we’ve already curated lots of tutorials and documentation at https://bitly.com/slucollaborate
  • The Academic Affairs office of Faculty Development and Enrichment invites you to register for one of their upcoming Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA orientations or enrichment sessions (offered both at University Campus and online via webinar), which are available for registration at https://tali.saintleo.edu/events

We acknowledge the value of direct, real-time interaction between instructors, students, and their course material, with the ability to capture and share those experiences, and we think this Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA experience update and direct integration with Lions SHARE Courses will knock your socks off!

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