The 2012 Global Education Conference is being held in the Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) virtual teaching and learning platform. Presenters are responsible for being familiar enough with Collaborate to present, and below is information about our live trainings for presenters and volunteer moderators for the conference.The training sessions are held (of course) in Blackboard Collaborate to help you prepare and ask any questions you might have. You only need to attend one session, or if the timing doesn't work for you then you may watch the recording listed below, but first-time users of Collaborate are HIGHLY encouraged to attend one of the live sessions.
To check that your computer is ready for Blackboard Collaborate, please use THIS LINK. "Step 1" will indicate if you have a version of Java that is compatible, and then "Step 2" lets you actually go into a test session. Please do this in advance of the training, and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any trouble.
A headset/mic combination works best for your voice participation, although you can use a stand-alone mic to speak and earbuds for listening. If you need to listen through your computer speakers, just be aware that there can be a slight echoing problem if you don't turn off your mic when you're not speaking. If you want to use a webcam to broadcast yourself live during your presentation, we can help make sure that is working in the training or you can test at the site above.
Collaborate has a number of great features, and short introductory video to the technology can be seen HERE. We also recommend that you sign up at the WeCollaborate user community for support and advice. You can also get a free, 30-day, 25-seat trial of Collaborate HERE (at the end of the trial, you'll automatically be transitioned to a 3-person vRoom).
There is, additionally, web / print training material HERE (click on the "For Moderators" link to see moderator-specific material).
The live training sessions are listed on the conference Sessions and Schedules page for your time zone.
All the training sessions are held in a Collaborate room you access by clicking HERE. This room is set up to mirror the setting of your actual session room for the conference, and you are welcome to log into the room at any time, even when there are not training sessions, to practice.
The embedded training video below can be watched if you are not able to participate in a live training, but the live training sessions are best so that you can actually experience being in a session.