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Camera as content on mobile devices

Continuous Delivery Collaborate Ultra 21.10 | Release to Production 10 June 2021
New features

Now moderators can share a camera on their mobile device as content on the screen. When attendees share their video using using the main tools along the bottom of the screen, their front facing camera is used. This ability to share the camera as content on a mobile device means that moderators can now choose to use their back or rear facing camera as well.

Only one camera can be shared at a time from a mobile device. Any video already shared will end to show the video from the new camera.

Gallery view for participants

Continuous Delivery Collaborate Ultra 21.10 | Release to Production 12-18 June 2021
New features

We're excited to introduce Gallery view for participants. Now participants can see up to 25 videos at a time.

Participants and moderators who have devices, performance, or networks that can't support a good gallery view experience will see their number of videos automatically scaled down to 4. Limiting the number of videos you see gives you the most fluid experience for your situation.

Moderators can choose to turn Gallery view off for everyone in the session settings.

Pin videos to the top

Continuous Delivery Collaborate Ultra 21.08 | Release to Production 13 May 2021

We know it's important for you to choose who you want to focus on in a session. Instructors may want to keep a close eye on students who are struggling with the course. Students may want to follow a sign language interpreter, stay focused on the instructor, or see their study buddies. Now with Gallery view, attendees can pin videos so they are always in view.

When you pin a video, it moves the video to the top of the list and pins, or anchors, it there. It doesn't change the number of videos you see, just the order you see them in.

Only moderators can see more than 4 videos at a time. We'll expand availability of all videos to participants in the future through gradual roll out.

Use the Attendee controls in the Attendees list or in the lower right corner of a video to pin and unpin videos. Jump to Pin videos to learn more.

See more students with Gallery view

Continuous Delivery Collaborate Ultra 21.06 | Release to Production 8 April 2021

Gallery view isn't available in Safari® on iOS or iPadOS at this time.

Built for education, we understand that instructors want to be able to see their students' faces clearly. Body language and facial expressions help instructors tell if their students are paying attention and understanding the material. For this reason, moderators can see up to 25 videos at a time in Gallery view. This is the ideal maximum number of videos to show at one time and still see enough detail for the non-verbal feedback instructors are looking for. With the zoom controls, Tiled view, and Speaker view moderators have even greater control over how they want to see their students.

The number of videos you see depends on the size of your screen and if you have the Session menu or Collaborate panel open. Limitations on the number of videos imposed by browser support or large sessions (250+) setting remain.

The Gallery view zoom controls give you the ability to zoom in on fewer videos at a time, making each video larger. While the Tiled and Speaker views emphasize who is speaking. These views show up to 4 videos with one video larger than the others. This larger video shows who is speaking so you can see them more clearly. As the discussion unfolds, the larger video changes to match the active speaker.

In Gallery view moderators can use the previous and next buttons to see all of their students. Moderators can also point to an attendee video and select the Attendee Controls to send them a private chat, promote a participant, mute the attendee, or remove the person from the session.

In this first release, you share content, you can switch between all videos and the content in the bottom right corner. In a further release you'll be able to see videos and content side by side and this workflow will likely change a bit.

While Gallery view is made available only to moderators in this first release, we're going to expand availability to students as soon as scalability monitoring allows. Making it available to students won't require downtime so this may be made available outside of the monthly release schedule.

More on Gallery view

Gallery view

Speaker view

Tiled view

Watch a video introduction of Gallery view

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Gallery View in Blackboard Collaborate introduces Collaborate's Gallery view.

User experience improvements

Continuous Delivery Collaborate Ultra 21.06 | Release to Production 8 April 2021

Based on instructor feedback, we made a couple improvements to Collaborate.

  • We made the the whiteboard editing tools easier to see.
  • We also updated the Clear whiteboard tool. Clear is now a trash can to better represent that the tool clears the entire whiteboard and not just a selected element.

    To delete just one thing off the whiteboard, select the item and press Delete on your keyboard.

  • We moved the Remove attendee option so it is now the last option in the Attendee controls menu. The option is now also red to make it easier to see. We made these changes so that moderators don't accidentally remove people from a session when trying to mute them.