• Time for Students to Lead Online?

    Staff, and students alike have deliberated long and hard over when, where, and how they can work more collaboratively, either in taught sessions, while engaging in a group activity, or during activities that require distance participation. Look no further, Learning Services has the right solution for you, in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tool. There is greater emphasis […]

  • Defeating ‘The Beast from the East’: How Collaborate was used to run a ‘blended’ conference

    Blackboard Collaborate is an online classroom tool. It is designed to allow presentations and tutorials to be given to students while they are off-campus. In this blog post we look at an unusual use of Collaborate, as it was used to run a ‘blended’ conference. Meg Juss: Could you set the scene for us? Peter […]

  • Digital Productivity for Health & Social Care Staff

    This month the Faculty of Health & Social Care (FoHSC) – with the added support of their Senior SOLSTICE Fellow (Laura Taylor) – introduced a brand new resource to provide its staff with the latest in e-learning tools and resources to help deliver ‘technology enhanced learning’ to its students. The Digital Productivity Lab is a quiet work […]

  • Collaborate Ultra: Improved Features

    Look who’s talking …  On Saturday 20th February the web conferencing system, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be updated to ensure all Learning Edge users have the latest feature updates and of course to squash those pesky bugs! Lets dig in to the top 3 improvements: 1) “See who is speaking …” Microphone icons now appear next to […]

  • Collaborate Ultra now available to all courses

    Earlier today we upgraded the University’s web-conferencing system, Blackboard Collaborate, to the new, user-friendly, ‘Ultra’ experience. All 2015 courses have a link from their main menu to the Collaborate system – users simply need to click on the Collaborate button on the left, then Join Room buttons to launch the web conferencing system: Blackboard’s Collaborate […]

  • Collaborate to be upgraded on Mon 16th November

    We’ve listened to your feedback and will be upgrading the university’s web-conferencing system, Blackboard Collaborate, to a new, user-friendly, ‘Ultra’ experience on Mon 16th November at 2 am. Improvement Highlights Online sessions can be accessed easily and quickly from within the browser; An intuitive and clutter-free interface; Your course room stays open 24/7 allowing independent student […]

  • Upgrade to our web conferencing tool

    Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Next month LTD will be upgrading our web conferencing system Collaborate Ultra, a faster, easier, and more intuitive system that has been well received during stakeholder testing. Here’s a great introductory video from Blackboard that covers most of the features effectively: Our testers found the system to be very easy to get […]

  • Blackboard Collaborate Case Study 2 of 3

    Blackboard Collaborate Case Study 2 of 3

    Lesley Briscoe, Senior Lecturer on the International Midwifery Programme.  Lesley explains in this the second in a series of three video case studies (click to view the first in the series), the challenges of delivering a programme aimed at both conventional students and those accessing the programme online and from overseas. She goes on to mention the […]

  • Blackboard Collaborate – Video Case Study 1 of 3

    Blackboard Collaborate – Video Case Study 1 of 3

    David Callaghan is a Learning Technologist and an Associate Tutor for the Faculty of Education on the Undergraduate Professional Development Programme, a blended course – delivered mostly online – via our Blackboard VLE and the Collaborate web conferencing system, with some face to face conference days.  So, he can also practice what he preaches. Collaborate is […]

  • Get your own ‘Quick Hit’ video case study

    Celebrate your success with Collaborate We are creating a series of brief video case studies showcasing the success colleagues have been having with the Collaborate web conferencing system this year. David Callaghan (also a member of the LTD team) is the first of a number of contributors to get involved from each Faculty (in his […]