Collaborate Ultra is Blackboard’s built-in video conferencing tool. Participants can see others via webcam, hear and ask questions via voice or instant messaging, and share presentations and ideas using a common whiteboard or by sharing screens. Sessions are recorded and can be posted with other course materials in a Blackboard course or shared outside of Blackboard as a direct link. This method allows for more of an in-class feel with discussions and communication occurring just as it would in class.
If you have a PowerPoint but you do not want to record yourself, Microsoft has made it easy to create a voice-over PowerPoint video. This feature is built right into PowerPoint and allows you to show your screen and record your voice.
One great thing about this is that it records each slide independently before putting it all together into one video. This allows you to re-record a single slide if you make a mistake instead of having to use video editing software or re-recording a whole video!
Pointers & Clickers: ION's Technology Tip of the Month
The Illinois Online Network (ION) provides an article that describes one technology tip each month for instructors who teach in the online environment. The articles are practical and usually non-technical. For example, one article deals with why ice breakers are important in an online class and offers links to other articles that provide various ice breakers.
ION free monthly Webinars
Each month, the Illinois Online Network sponsors a FREE monthly Webinar. For a description of the current Webinar and a list of upcoming sessions, go to the ION Monthly Webinar site. To attend a Webinar, register in the upper right corner (or, if you are already registered with ION, just login).
ION's Online Education Resources
A selected list of resources dealing with various aspects of online education and the online environment in general.
The Journal of Educators Online
JEO's publication states that the journal is "an online, double-blind, refereed journal by and for instructors, administrators, policy-makers, staff, students, and those interested in the development, delivery, and management of online courses in the Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Sciences."