Reaching students in a virtual online learning environment through Blackboard Collaborate
Darin Nolan | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 20, 2014

Reaching students in a virtual online learning environment through Blackboard Collaborate

Score 6 out of 10
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  • Blackboard Collaborate

Overall Satisfaction with Blackboard

I currently use Blackboard Collaborate with my online teaching position at Insight School of Washington. We use Blackboard Collaborate as our live classroom with students. Students are required to attend a minimum of 1 hour of class connect time (Blackboard Collaborate). Each week we have a staff meeting that is also held in Blackboard Collaborate. Using Blackboard Collaborate allows our staff to connect with our students in a live environment.
  • Blackboard allows teachers to present content to our online students by uploading PowerPoint presentations.
  • Blackboard is a great tool for students to interact in a safe online environment.
  • Blackboard has the ability for teachers to share their desktop and occupy a students desktop to help students with their academics and computer problems.
  • Blackboard has the ability for teachers to share documents and websites live with students.
  • On many occasions the Blackboard website has been down or our connection to Blackboard is disrupted at ISWA.
  • Some platforms such as Mac Yosemite is not compatible with uploading PowerPoints. You have to upload your PowerPoint as an Open Office document.
  • Blackboard could be better by making the tools more user friendly.
  • Blackboard is our primary source of teaching our students at Insight School of Washington.
  • Blackboard is used for our weekly staff meetings.
  • Blackboard helps teachers hold monthly/weekly conferences with students and families.
Blackboard Collaborate is our only tool for connecting with students online at Insight School of Washington.
Blackboard Collaborate is well suited for online schools to connect with their students. The tools within Blackboard need to be more user friendly for students. Some of the functions of Blackboard are limited. There can sometimes be a lag when sharing your desktop with students or a website. Loading the application can also take a lot of time. A person needs to make sure they have the most current version of Java installed on their computer to run Blackboard Collaborate.