Online Rooms can be used to facilitate interactive presentations in which students are not simple listening to information, but actively engaged in the material. This strategy should not be used to replace a face-to-face lecture; rather it can be used to conduct online exam reviews, library database tours, or guest speakers. Below is a list of steps and strategies for implementing interactive presentations using Online Rooms. Please review the information below and contact Amy Mangrich (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or additional needs.
In order to use Online Rooms, you will only need to add [Online Rooms] to your course navigation bar. You may have already done this step, but here are a set of instructions that will walk you through the process: Adding Online Rooms to your Navigation Bar
You will need to setup an Online Room before you or your students can enter. You will create a separate Online Room for each of your review sessions. Here are a set of instruction that will walk through these steps: Creating an Online Room in your D2L course site
In Step 7, under [Advanced Properties], select:
– [Attendees raise their hand on entry]
– [Moderators can view all private chats]
– [Archive Mode:] to [Automatic]
If you want students to be able to use audio and whiteboard, select [Participants have unrestricted access to resources].
Online Room Tools:
In most interactive presentations, instructors will use two tools primarily, the Audio feature and the Application Share feature. Below are links to online versions of these tutorials:
Online Rooms/Elluminate Audio Setup Wizard: http://uwmltc.org/?p=883
Online Rooms/Elluminate Application Sharing: http://uwmltc.org/?p=889
If you wish for the presenter to broadcast video via a webcam, here are some pointers for using video communication in Online Rooms: http://uwmltc.org/?p=884
You may choose to have the participants/students use the polling feature and the whiteboard, links to these tutorials can be found here:
Using the Polling Feature Wizard: http://uwmltc.org/?p=888
Using the Polling Feature as a Participant in Online Rooms: http://uwmltc.org/?p=1014
Using the Whiteboard: http://uwmltc.org/?p=891
Using the Whiteboard as a Participant: http://uwmltc.org/?p=1015
Preparing to access Online Rooms:
Please inform your students that they will need high-speed internet connection and may need to be connected to the internet using an Ethernet cable, especially if you are using Application Sharing.
It is recommended that users access Online Rooms using the Mozilla Firefox browser. This can be downloaded, free of charge, at: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
Also, inform your students that many companies do not allow employees to download software, so if they plan to access Online Rooms while at work, please have students visit the following website to ensure that they have the necessary permission to download and install Online Rooms/Elluminate software plug-ins and updates: http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473
Students can make sure their computer is setup correctly by accessing the following site: http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336&task=knowledge&questionID=1473
Students should check System Requirements in Step 1. Then test their connection, settings, and configure audio (if using) in the Configuration Room in Step 2.
Tips for preventing technical issues during meetings:
Additional tips for accessing Online Rooms can be found here: http://uwmltc.org/?p=851
The most common issues associated with Elluminate/Online Rooms relate to Audio Communication. Tips for using Audio Communication in Online Rooms can be found here: http://uwmltc.org/?p=852
If you (or your students) use the audio feature, you MUST use a microphone headset -or- if using the microphone in a laptop, you MUST use a pair of headphone to listen to the session. Noise-cancelling USB connected microphone headset can be purchase from Logitech.com, here: http://bit.ly/p670G3
Practice facilitating Online Room meetings:
If you would like to practice using Online Rooms before you begin using them in your own course, you can add a fake user to your D2L course site using these instructions: http://uwmltc.org/?p=845
Once the fake student is enrolled in your course, setup a sample Online Room in your D2L course site. You may want to refer back to these instructions: Creating an Online Room in your D2L course site
After adding your fake student to your D2L course site, you can use a different computer to log in to D2L using your new fake student account, then enter the Online Room to see how multiple accounts access the online room at once.
D2L 10.3 rev. 5/26/2015