Use The Tools

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    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.