Use The Tools

Know the tools. Use the tools.

With the Ultra experience of Collaborate you can do as little or as much as you want in a session.


Media space tools

Not sure where the media space is? Go to the Find Your Way Around topic under Getting Started.

Media space tools
Tool Description
Audio
Turn your audio on. Lines through the microphone icon means that it is turned off. Select Share Audio to turn it on.

With your keyboard, press Alt + M to turn your microphone on and off.

Video
Turn your video on. Lines through the camera icon means that it is turned off. Select Share Video to turn it on.

With your keyboard, press Alt + C to turn your camera on and off.

Hand raise
Raise your hand to answer a question or get another moderator's attention. Select Raise Hand.

With your keyboard, press Alt + H.

Collaborate panel
Open the Collaborate panel.

More on navigating the Collaborate panel with your keyboard

Session menu
Open the Session menu.
Follow the speaker view
Switch to the follow-the-speaker view.
Grid view
Switch to the grid view.
Picture-in-picture
Change the focus of your screen. If shared content is on your main screen, switch to watching the speaker. Select the picture-in-picture to bring that content to your main screen.
Status
Show your status as away. Point to the green checkmark by your avatar image and select Set as Away. Select I'm back! when you return.

You can also update your status to give feedback during the session.

Session menu tools

Not sure where the Session menu is? Go to the Find Your Way Around topic under Getting Started.

Session menu tools
Tool Description
Start a recording
Moderators can start recording the session from the Session menu.
Use your phone
Get a dial-in number and unique PIN to use your phone for audio during a session.
Report an issue
Report an issue with the session.
Help
Go to Blackboard Collaborate help on help.blackboard.com.
Learn how to use Collaborate
Open tutorials on how to use Collaborate.
Leave session
Exit the session and complete a quick survey to tell us about your experience.
Close
Close the Session menu.

Collaborate panel tools

Not sure where the Collaborate panel is? Go to the Find Your Way Around topic under Getting Started.

Collaborate panel tools
Tool Description
Chat
Chat with everyone in the session. Open the Collaborate panel and select Open Chat.

The moderator can turn chat off.

The emoji pack for Collaborate with the Ultra experience supports diversified emojis and Unicode 8 characters.

Use one of five supported skin tones on any human emoji. Add underscore, tone, and the supported tone number (1 through 5) to your emoji when typing. Don't forget the colons on either end of your emoji text.

Example: :wave_tone5:

Collaborate's chat history only has 50 messages displayed at any given time.

More on keyboard controls for chat history

Attendees panel
View the list of attendees. Open the Collaborate panel and Select Open Attendees List.
Share Content
Moderators and presenters can share a blank whiteboard, an application, PDFs, PowerPoint® presentations, and images in GIF, JPEG and PNG formats.
My Settings
Add a profile image, set up your audio and video and your notifications. Open the Collaborate panel and select My Settings.
Close
Close the Collaborate panel.
Share Whiteboard
Moderators and presenters can share a blank whiteboard from the Share Content panel.
Share application
Moderators and presenters can share their entire desktop or a single open application from the Share Content panel.
Share files
Moderators and presenters can share PDFs, PowerPoint® presentations, and images in GIF, JPEG and PNG formats.
Polling
Moderators can start and run polls during a session.
Breakout groups
Moderators can start and run breakout groups.
Options
Open the attendee options menu.

Edit Shared Content Tools

Use these tools to edit and mark up shared files and the whiteboard.

Content editing tools
Tool Description
Select
Use the arrow to select an object on the whiteboard. After you select it you can resize, move, and delete it.
Pointer
Use the hand to point to different areas of the visible slide. Attendees see wherever you are pointing on the slide.
Pencil
Use the pencil to draw free hand on the slide.
Shapes
Use the Shapes icon to draw a rectangle, ellipse, or a straight line. Your choice.
Text
Type text on the slide with the "T".
Clear
Use the eraser to undo everything.
View controls
Show or hide your zoom, fit, and size controls.
View controls opened
Zoom in, Zoom out, Best Fit, Actual size

Best fit takes advantage of your screen real estate. Content adjusts to be completely viewable in the available area. It displays as large as possible while keeping the aspect ratio intact.

Slide navigation controls
Move to the previous our next slide.

With your keyboard, press Alt + Page Down to move back a slide and Alt + Page Up to move forward a slide. On a Mac, press Alt + Fn + Down Arrow or Alt + Fn + Up Arrow.

Select the slide name to view all slides.

Stop
Stop sharing content.

Audio and network indicators

Audio and network indicators
Tool Description
On-air
Collaborate tells you when others in the session can see your video. If you see an eye, your video is the focus of everyone else's screen. If you see an eye while content is shared, others see your video as their picture-in-picture.
Audio status
See who is speaking and who has their microphone turned on. Microphones appear next to attendees who have their audio turned on. A dark microphone is used to represent the current speaker. As with the follow-the-speaker view, the dark microphone moves to the current speaker as the discussion unfolds.
Network status
You can tell at-a-glance who is in your session and who might be having trouble connecting. Network indicators have been added to the Attendees panel. These tell you when someone is in the process of joining your session, if users are connected, and how their connection is. Move your pointer over attendees in the Attendees panel to see the indicators. Move your pointer over the indicator to see network status information.
Unresponsive status
See who in your session may be unresponsive and not able to participate fully. For example, they may not be able to raise their hand or post a chat message.