Blackboard Collaborate UltraWorkshops Jan. 3 and 9 will introduce faculty, staff, and graduate students to the features of the Virtual Classroom.

Workshop to demonstrate use of Virtual Classroom to record and stream lectures

Do you want to record your regular lectures or stream them live online?

Do you want to create extra recorded resources for your students?

Will you be out of the city, but still want to have a live, interactive, online lesson?

Are you looking for a way to do online office hours that has all the value of a face-to-face meeting?

These are just some of the possibilities of the Virtual Classroom (formally known as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra). This tool is available on all course sites and is free to use for all faculty and students.

“Many instructors are looking for ways to make learning more flexible for their students, including allowing students to attend lectures virtually or recording the lectures for later review,” says Mark Lubrick, a learning specialist in the Office of Open Learning. “Others are interested in giving their students a place in their course site where they can meet live for collaborating. The Virtual Classroom can do this and much more.”

The Office of Open Learning is running an introductory workshop on Friday, Jan. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., repeated Thursday, Jan. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Interested faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to pick whichever session will work best for them.

This basic introduction will have participants actually try out the various features of the Virtual Classroom themselves. Register for either workshop at

For more information, contact Lubrick at