Moving Into the Online Classroom

Collaborate Session Recorded link:

Link for PLC Credit: (Session Name – Collaborate: Using Live, Online Sessions to Support Continuity of Instruction)

Moving to Online – Padlet – Share questions/concerns, tips and resources! See what other faculty are doing to support online learning.

Collaborate Ultra tools

Getting started with Collaborate Ultra in Blackboard

Videos for instructors from Blackboard:

How to Get Started with Collaborate:

How to Join a Session:

How to Moderate/Run a Session: 

How to share content

How to Work with Breakout Groups in Collaborate

How to Troubleshoot Issues: 

Videos for students from Blackboard:

How to Get Started with Collaborate Ultra:

How to Join A Collaborate Ultra Session:

How to Participate in a Collaborate Ultra Session:

How to Troubleshoot Problems in Collaborate Ultra:

Tools for engagement

TechSmith Relay – TechSmith Relay allows you to store videos in a media library to add easily to your courses. TechSmith videos are only accessible to individuals affiliated with Odessa College — You will need to create an account/sign in with your Odessa College email address; your students can create accounts with their accounts also, however videos added to your courses through the TechSmith LTI will not require students to  log in. With TechSmith Relay Recorder you can record lectures/screen capture videos. Captioning is easy with TechSmith Relay, so you can ensure that videos are accessible to all learners! TechSmith also allows you to embed quizzes within videos!
If you need TechSmith Relay Recorder on your work computer, complete a SchoolDude Work Order. If you need it on your home computer you can download it from

Quizzing in TechSmith videos:
Conversations in TechSmith videos:

Padlet -Online bulletin board environment that can be embedded into Blackboard– thisis great for AVID strategies like KWLA, Gallery Walk, and also for maps, timelines, etc.

FlipGrid -Allows users to record short videos using a webcam or mobile device to share in a discussion-like environment, that can be embedded into Blackboard.

VoiceThread your PowerPoint presentation to an interactive (asynchronous) discussion forum that allows video, audio, and text interaction from learners. This also can be embedded into Blackboard.

Video Tool: TechSmith Relay

TechSmith Relay is a video creation and sharing platform that helps maximize student engagement in online courses. You can use TechSmith Relay to record lecture videos that students can conveniently watch at any time from any location. You can record videos from your desktop/laptop or mobile device!

Create Your TechSmith Relay Account: How to Create a TechSmith Relay Account (PDF FILE)

Download and Install the Desktop Recorder:

Record a Video:

Engage Viewers with Quizzing:

Engage Viewers with Conversations:

Easily Add Captions to Your Videos:

Record Video From Your Mobile Device:

Add a Video Link from Relay into Your Blackboard Course: How to Add a TechSmith LTI Video to Blackboard (PDF FILE)

Protect Online Testing: Respondus

Respondus products are used to help protect the integrity of online exams. LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system. Students are unable to copy, print, access other applications, or visit other websites during an online exam. Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, and is ideal for non-proctored testing environments.

For Students:

What is the institution-specific download link to the Odessa College Respondus Lockdown Browser? (This is the link that you will need to provide to your students!)

There are three steps that students need to follow in order for Respondus Lockdown Browser to work for them properly: DOWNLOAD the install file from the institution-specific download link, INSTALL the downloaded file to the device that they’re using, and LAUNCH the browser to log into Blackboard. If you are afraid that students might be confused by this process, make sure they watch the video link below. Also provide them with the “How To” document attached below.

How to Install Lockdown Browser (Video):

How to Install Lockdown Browser (PDF): How to Install Respondus Lockdown Browser

Student QuickStart Guide:

System Requirements to be able to use Respondus Lockdown Browser/Monitor:

Operating Systems

  • Windows: 10, 8, 7
  • Mac: MacOS 10.15 to 10.12, OS X 10.11, OSX 10.10
  • iOS: 11.0+ (iPad only). Must have a compatible LMS integration.


  • Windows: 75 MB permanent space on the hard drive
  • Mac: 120 MB permanent space on the hard drive

For Instructors:

You can add the Respondus Lockdown Browser/Monitor requirements on ANY test that you created in Blackboard (note: Respondus cannot be used for tests that are created with third party content, such as Pearson MyLab tests, Lumen Waymaker tests, etc.). Below are helpful links that you can use to set up your tests for Respondus Lockdown Browser/Monitor usage.

How to Prepare an Exam for Lockdown Browser/Monitor:

Instructor QuickStart Guide: