If you want to share documents, videos, and see your colleagues face to face, then use the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing tool. You can do most of this on your mobile too as there are apps for Apple and Android devices.
The Collaborate system can be thought of as a ‘virtual classroom’ – enabling you to interact remotely with tutors and peers – as if in the same room – through your PC, tablet or phone.
Here are two links that give an excellent overview of the system:
- Screencast by Peggy Semingson of the University of Texas at Arlington
- Interactive overview from Blackboard.
Look in your course menu for ‘Webinar’ or ‘Web Conferencing’ – if you can’t see such a link ask your tutor to create it for you – perhaps send them a link to this guide: Creating a link to your Collaborate Course Room.