Blackboard Collaborate Room for Improvement

Certified Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Computing at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I'm disappointed in the behavior of the Ultra version of the solution. It's not exhibiting what I have my own hands on, on my own machine. The students are everywhere else, so it's important that they can follow what I'm showing. The product squeezes down the images to a smaller physical space. For zooming in, you can't really get the details of a model. It's just not feasible to visualize it properly for the students. I'm not using one of the Oracle designer tools. I'm using MS Access, to assimilate, or to talk in terms of fact tables, dimension tables, running some queries. I know that the students are working on a laptop or sometimes even a cell phone. They cannot possibly see with these screens what I do. Meanwhile, I'm working on a Samsung big screen. In the classroom, I don't have that challenge. We're not using Collaborate when the same course is taught in the classroom. If there were maybe more tutorials outside of what I'm aware the university is suggesting, I would take more tutorials on effective ways to deliver content. I come from the industry and content was always needed when people that were observing were smart and involved and decision-makers instead of so passively just trying to pass the course. In my imagination, the tutorials would be a tool where the learners themselves can have much more hands-on learning during a Collaborate session. For example, for online courses, when it comes to the final project, the presentation of the project is presumed that it will be in Collaborate, however, instead, the teachers accept that the students will move toward using Adobe Connect or Zoom. If the solution worked more like those applications, they'd be more likely to present their final project on it. View full review »
Founding Member at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
I occasionally had difficulties logging in because I think that the system was overloaded with too many people. It didn't have the capacity that we needed for the number of students we had who were trying to log in at once. An additional feature they could include would be a better tutorial video on the solution. Other than that, it's great. View full review »
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