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Can Blackboard Collaborate enhance online learning in FE and HE?

Fiona Grant, Assistant Principal - Quality, Learning and Teaching, West Highland College will be presenting this webinar as part of the Learning and Teaching Conference. 10 places are available for anyone who would like to attend virtually and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. The webinar will be presented through Blackboard Collaborate and virtual participants will be sent a link that provides access to the virtual classroom for the webinar.

When Jun 19, 2017 to Jun 19, 2017
from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Where Virtually through Blackboard Collaborate
Contact Name
Contact Phone 279486
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West Highland College UHI is using Blackboard Collaborate to teach fulltime students on FE and HE programmes, across multiple locations.  Online learning provides opportunity for people to access education wherever they live.  Collaborate can enhance the learner experience through synchronous activity in virtual classrooms where students feel connected and involved.  Students can interact and respond to questions, work on tasks together in small groups and ask questions to confirm their understanding.  Furthermore, sessions can be recorded for later use.


This will be a hands-on session, getting participants to interact and use the tools available, just the same as learners do.  Participants will take part in text chat, whiteboard interaction, breakout rooms, polling and have to do some talking.


Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a discussion topic during the session where there will be a (proposed) focus on the Community of Inquiry (COI) and also the UHI Blackboard Checklist and Blended Standards (if appropriate).  When creating programme content and considering the overall design and structure of an online course, a framework such as the Community of Inquiry (COI) can act as a valuable guide (Lambert and Fisher, 2013: 13).  Checklists, such as the UHI Blackboard Checklist are an essential part of a tutor’s toolkit.   A flipped classroom approach is recommended to encourage students to prepare ahead of a session.  When used well by students, the result is really noticeable during interactive discussion sessions and breakout activity.


Please email Alex at lta@uhi.ac.uk to register.  Registration for this webinar will close on Friday 9th June, or when all 10 places are full.