V-L-Easy! Day 2 – Collaborate

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As part of the countdown to the festive season, the Weblearn team and CPED are sharing their ideas for simple tools or techniques that can make life easier for lecturers and their students.
Each day, we are posting a blog entry with some brief tips for lecturers together with links to further information including video guides or web-based resources.Yesterday, we showed how ‘Student Preview’ can imitate the student experience of your Weblearn module. Today, we remind you of a web-conferencing tool that is integrated directly into Weblearn.

Collaborate

As a busy lecturer, you might like to travel less between campuses to attend meetings. You may also like to provide contact-time for students without involving a commute for either party. Collaborate can help with these scenarios and others.

Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that is part of Weblearn. It can be used like FaceTime or Skype: for one-to-one conversations. However, Collaborate can also accommodate many dozens – even hundreds – of simultaneous participants. This makes it ideal for larger virtual meetings, web-conferences, or other online teaching and learning activities. It is not exclusively designed for distance learning. Collaborate can extend your face-to-face delivery as a cloud-based environment for hosting seminars, revision sessions or ‘drop-in’ office hours.

Link to video of a Collaborate MeetingWatch this video (12m30s) of setting-up a Collaborate Meeting, using the chat panel and sharing files on-screen.

Don’t worry that sessions will become hectic and unmanageable. All attendees can interject silently via a text-based ‘chat’ panel, or by toggling a variety of status buttons. You control which participants can be heard or seen. You can selectively grant presentation rights to individuals.

In addition, Collaborate allows you to share a virtual whiteboard or prepared documents. PowerPoint slideshows, Word documents, PDFs or other files can be broadcast to the distributed audience and annotated if required. You can even broadcast your entire screen to demonstrate or troubleshoot computer-based activity.

By following a simple guide, you can easily host your first Collaborate session. You can also forward a guide for participants so that they know how to join in. Alternatively, contact vletraining@londonmet.ac.uk to arrange a demonstration, or to secure a co-pilot for your first Collaborate session.

If you’d like to preview Collaborate, you can join us in a live session on Wednesday, 5th December between 1pm and 4.30pm. Just point your browser to the link below at any time! The VLE team will be on hand to orientate you to the experience, and other curious colleagues may also be there having a peek!

Put you headphones on, and for the full experience, set up a webcam and mic, but these are not essential.

Enter the Collaborate Session (session active between 13:00 and 16:30 on 05/12/18)

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