I’m pleased to announce the release of Blackboard Collaborate for Bb Student. We’ve taken our great student-focused mobile application and integrated video and audio conferencing in an easy to use, powerful format for collaborative teaching and learning. Schools that have purchased Collaborate can empower students and teachers through some great mobile teaching capabilities.

Screenshot of Blackboard Collaborate for Bb Student

High quality video and audio streaming on the phone and on the web
Collaborate on the web delivers beautiful video and audio, and our mobile companion is no different. Students and teachers can collaborate with a rich, emotional understanding of nuance; high quality video streaming means that switching between presenters is seamless and simple. Participants can join Collaborate sessions on the web or on their phone, and teachers can support students in their learning mode of choice.

File sharing directly from course content
Participants can share a wide variety of files, such as Powerpoint presentations. They can display this content directly to the class, and flip through page by page to lead the group on an academic journey. Content can be pulled directly from existing courses, too, making it easy to switch to curriculum content.

File sharing directly from course content
Participants can share a wide variety of files, such as Powerpoint presentations. They can display this content directly to the class, and flip through page by page to lead the group on an academic journey. Content can be pulled directly from existing courses, too, making it easy to switch to curriculum content.

External content from Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive
BbStudent now offers direct access to Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive storage, allowing students and faculty to integrate their own documents seemly into a course, or in a live collaboration session.

Whiteboard annotations
Instructors and students can annotate their content by drawing directly on top of it and adding text. This “football commentary” style interaction can add additional clarity to complex topics, and provide for impromptu, on-the-fly teaching and learning.

Conversation
It’s easy to participate via video and audio; participants can also participate in a more ambient manner by adding comments in conversation. This provides a simple way to add ancillary or supplemental remarks without interrupting the flow of the conversation. Students can also raise their digital hand, and can seamlessly move from chat to video.

 

Mike Herdzina, the lead designer on Bb Student, described that this is an important next step to providing our new Collaborate experience both in context and at the point of need. “You can use your student app to immediately log into your Collaborate experience. When students can connect directly from inside a course, they can attend virtual office hours, connect with other students, and seamlessly collaborate.”

You can find Bb Student on Apple, Android, and Windows platforms.

 

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  • Adam Voyton

    Are the live closed captions supported for students that join a Collaborate room from the Bb Student app?

    • Vivek Ramgopal

      Hi Adam – Bb Student doesn’t support the CCs right now, but it is on the roadmap. I would encourage you to enter this into the idea section of the Community site so other community members can vote it up and potentially accelerate the development. https://community.blackboard.com/community/ideasmain