Collaborate Ultra, is an advanced version of desktop video conferencing that provides the additional functionality to prepare, run and manage interactive classroom sessions, research meetings, part-time and distance learning modules, virtual open days and staff training sessions. The software provides tools for synchronous discussion and interaction using web-cameras, speaking via a headset or an open microphone, with text chat, whiteboard and screen share functionality.
In addition advanced features such as the ability to assign participants to breakout rooms and "chat" enable better interaction between participants. Collaborate Ultra is available to academic staff by accessing Minerva.
For more information visit the Minerva Support Web Pages .
For ideas about why you might use interactive session tools see the Work Collaboratively Online section of this site.
Collaborate Ultra is available via modules and organisations within Minerva.
To use Collaborate Ultra, a member of staff needs to set up a Collaborate Room in their Minerva module or organisation and then add a link to it so students can access it. If you want to invite participants from outside the University, this is also possible via a Guest invitation URL. For more information visit the Getting Started section of the Minerva Support Web Page.
You can record your online, interactive sessions within Collaborate Ultra to share with others. It is important to note that before recording any session that you request consent from your participants and you inform them how you are going to use the recording.
Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) and the Learning Technologies Team offer support, training and guidance on the use of Collaborate Ultra. You can book onto an online workshop by visiting the OD&PL website.
A case study of how Skills&Library are using Collaborate Ultra to support student education showcases the benefits of using this online environment.
The older version of Collaborate Classic is still available to University Staff who do not have access to Minerva. For advice and bespoke training on Collaborate Classic for individuals and teams please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A harvest of resources related to the educational use of Blackboard Collaborate is available via the scoop-it link at http://www.scoop.it/t/support-for-research-and-innovation-university-of-leeds