Blackboard Collaborate: Strategies and considerations for institutional adoption

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Since adopting Blackboard Collaborate in 2012 as part of its integrated cross-platform solution with Blackboard Learn and Mobile, Northern Illinois University (NIU) has been achieving tremendous success with its comprehensive online learning and collaboration tool. With over five hundred Collaborate sessions being hosted each academic semester for delivering live classes, meetings, and monthly online faculty development sessions, it's no surprise that NIU decided to take the next leap forward in upgrading to Collaborate with the Ultra experience. In this session, we will share NIU's recent Blackboard Collaborate roll-out strategy, practices, and lessons learned. Learn how NIU's carefully planned adoption approach has been helping to make anytime synchronous collaboration simpler, more reliable, and more enjoyable. Bring your own questions and experiences and join in the discussion!



     Jeff Geronimo, Senior Consultant, Blackboard Inc.

     Jason Rhode, Director, Blackboard Inc.

          Stephanie Richter, Assistand Director, Blackboard Inc.