You may be interested in broadcasting your own webinars for your learners? Maybe you fancy introducing students to a global industry expert for a Q&A? Or you simply just want to have online office hour for students to drop-in, all of this and more is possible within the Hub using Blackboard Collaborate.

I used the Hub‘s Collaborate for an online interview with a potential postgraduate student who was in Indonesia. I found it intuitive, easy to use and reliable enabling the interview to progress without any problems” – Simon Holmes, Radiography Lecturer

Blackboard Collaborate is available to deploy in every Hub area. All you need to run a session is a modern web browser (Google Chrome is recommended for best experience), web camera, mic, speakers and something to say.

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Simon Holmes Radiography Lecturer joined us in an Introduction to Collaborate session. Simon is planning to use Collaborate in conjunction with tutors and learners at a QMU collaborative partnership.

At QMU we have been using Collaborate for teaching and learning since February 2018. We established a pilot working group made up of academic and professional services staff from across the university. The pilot allowed us to better understand its use in the context of education and the support required for tutors and learners.

We recently ran a data report on the use of Collaborate at QMU within the last few months and the numbers were surprising. We have already had over 800 users repeatedly accessing Collaborate sessions which now total over 682 hours of engagement.

The Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) is running regular webinars to help familiarise staff, share best practice and discuss embedding Collaborate within a curriculum. If you wish to join us and learn more about Blackboard Collaborate, details for the sessions can be found on the CAP event sign-up page.