After you have created a session and/or added a link with Blackboard Collaborate, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to a content area (or to create a content area, see Creating a Content Area in the Course Navigation Menu)

Step 2: Click on the “Tools” button

Step 3: Select “Blackboard Collaborate”

Tools button pressed and selecting "Blackboard Collaborate"

Step 4:

If you have scheduled a session:

a) Hover over the title of the session and click on the action link item (circle) that appears to the right

b) Select “Allow Guests”

Allow Guests selection

OR if you have added a link to the course room:

c) Click on the “Allow Guests” link

Allow Guest Link for Course Room

Step 5: Turn the “Allow Guests” button on

Allow guests options with button turned on and showing URL and email option.

Step 6: Give the Public URL to the guest speaker or invite the guest speaker to the session by adding an email

 

 

 

Part 1 – Create a Session

Step 1: Go to a content area (or to create a content area, see Creating a Content Area in the Course Navigation Menu)

Step 2: Click on the “Tools” button

Step 3: Select “Blackboard Collaborate”

Tools button pressed and selecting "Blackboard Collaborate"

Step 4: Click on the “Create Session” button

createSessionBtn

Step 5: Name the session appropriately and provide the necessary date and times for the session

Step 6: Set repeat session options as needed

Repeat options showing

Step 7:  Set early session entry options

Step 8: Select Session Type to either “course” or “shared”

Step 9: Select Teleconference Options (“Use built-in” is recommended)

Teleconference options with the "Use built-in" option selected.

Step 10: Select the appropriate room attributes

All the room attributes

Step 11: Add a grade column if necessary

Grade Center Integration option selected on with 10 points

Step 12: Assign roles as needed

Step 13: Click on the “Save” button

Save Button

 

Part 2 – Add Link

Step 1: Hover over the title of the session and click on the action link item (circle) that appears to the right

Step 2: Select “Add link”

addLink

Step 3: Check the box next to the content area in which the link should be placed

Content Area List for where to add a link

Step 4: Click on the “Save” button

Save Button

 

 

Step 1: Go to a content area (or to create a content area, see Creating a Content Area in the Course Navigation Menu)

Step 2: Click on the “Tools” button

Step 3: Select “Blackboard Collaborate”

Tools button pressed and selecting "Blackboard Collaborate"

Step 4: Click on the “Create Session” button

createSessionBtn

Step 5: Name the session appropriately and provide the necessary date and times for the session

Step 6: Select Teleconference Options to “Use built-in”

Step 7: Select Assign roles to “All users join as participants.” unless another option is appropriate

Step  8: Click on the “Save” button

Step 9: Hover over the title of the session and click on the action link item (circle) that appears to the right

Step 10: Select “Allow Guests”

Allow Guests selection

Step 11: Turn Allow Guests to “On” and either share the Public URL or Add guests to invite via email

Allow guests options with button turned on and showing URL and email option.

 

Step 1: Go to a content area (or to create a content area, see Creating a Content Area in the Course Navigation Menu)

Step 2: Click on the “Tools” button

Step 3: Select “Blackboard Collaborate”

Tools button pressed and selecting "Blackboard Collaborate"

Step 4: Click on “Add Link” underneath the course’s room

Add Link selection for in default room

Step 5: Select the correct content area for the link to be placed in

Content Area List for where to add a link

Step 6: Click on the “Save”

Step 7: Click on the title of the link

Step 8: Click on the “Launch Room” button