Opportunities for students to engage in active learning can significantly enhance the effectiveness of their learning experience. The use of virtual classrooms can provide learning environments which are active, collaborative and engaging for students where the tutor and other students are not co-located. There is a wide range of software tools to support virtual classrooms; the focus of this session is on Blackboard Collaborate, however many of the principles and guidance will be relevant to other virtual classroom software tools. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool that allows students and staff to synchronously communicate online anywhere in the world where there is an appropriate internet connection.

This session explores BB Collaborate and the application of a flipped classroom approach to enhance levels of student engagement and activity within virtual classrooms.

The session will focus on the use of Blackboard Collaborate for virtual tutorials and webinars.

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