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From A Student's Perspective: Virtual Classroom

The Virtual Classroom is a Collaboration Tool that allows course maintainers and students to participate in real time lessons and discussions and also view archives of previous collaboration sessions. The main area of the Virtual Classroom includes all of the functions available to users. From this area Instructors or TA's can manage the session through the system controls, interact with participants, and use the Whiteboard to post content, open Web pages, and draw. The Instructor or TA has the ability to control access and functionality for other participants in the session.

Students access the Virtual Classroom tool by selecting Communication > Collaboration> Virtual Classroom from the Course Menu.

Students have a similar view of the Virtual Classroom tool as Moderators do. The only difference is that students do not have the Controls button to turn on and off features in the tool.

Tip

If the Moderator of the Virtual Classroom tool plans to use the Whiteboard, it is a good idea to restrict access to the Whiteboard area by Active and Passive users using the Controls button. If students do have access to use the Whiteboard area, they can draw and create equations just as the Moderator would, and that could cause difficulties in running a session smoothly.

In the above image, this student has access to the Whiteboard and can draw just as the Moderator can.

In the above image, this student does not have access to use the Whiteboard, but he/she can still view what the Moderator draws in the Whiteboard area.

Use the Controls button to restrict access to the Whiteboard and other areas of the Virtual Classroom.

If features of the Virtual Classroom tool are turned off, students can still view what the Moderator sends, such as messages in the Chat area, or drawings in the Whiteboard area. Students are just unable to contribute. Use the Controls button to grant access rights.

References

Blackboard, Inc. (2004). Blackboard Academic Suite (Release 6.1) Instructor Manual. Retrieved August 17, 2005, from the Blackboard, Inc. web site.

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