Virtual classrooms

About Virtual Classrooms

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing was implemented from Semester 3, 2012 for synchronous communication within your teaching environment.

What can I use it for?

  • Small or large classes can communicate from national or international locations.
  • Tutorials can be conducted by sharing:
    - audio, video and text chat communication
    - a whiteboard, documents and other resources
    - a screen to demonstrate computer programs and web sites.
  • Students can participate in group activities or be in the main room together.
  • On-campus and off-campus teaching staff can utilise synchronous collaboration.
  • Record sessions for reflection and absent students.

If you have not used Blackboard Collaborate on your computer, it is essential to check your system setup on the Blackboard website to ensure you have a supported operating system and Java version.

Within your Blackboard Collaborate session, use the Audio Setup Wizard to ensure your audio is configured correctly.

About Voice Tools

The voice tools used on USQStudyDesk are designed to facilitate online voice-based instruction, collaboration, coaching and may be used for assessment activities.

What are the tools?

The tools, designed to increase the interaction and student engagement level of any online course, include: 

  • Voice Podcaster: create or upload podcasts
  • Voice Presentation: add web content alongside vocal messages 
  • Voice Discussion Board: post and listen to voice messages within discussion boards
  • Voice Authoring: record and listen to voice on a web page
  • Voice Email: send and listen to voice through email messages.

Why would I use them?

Reaching beyond the traditional language laboratory environment, these tools support traditional communicative styles of voice-based interactions, giving students multiple methods of speaking, writing, and listening – all online.

  • Add instructor’s voice to enhance presence.
  • Build engaging and reusable course content.
  • Create and distribute podcasts.
  • Verbally explain complex material.
  • Author narrated web tours.
  • Add spoken announcements to course sites.
  • Engage in audio-based threaded discussions.
  • Send voice comments on papers and assignments.
  • Teach pronunciation, rhythm, stress, and emphasis.