Blackboard Learn and Webex join forces to expand the reach of education
Webex Education Connector expanding the reach of the classroom
Collaboration in schools just got easier with Blackboard Learn + Webex Education Connector! For education institutes who have Blackboard Learn as their learning management system (LMS), they can now integrate Webex into Blackboard Learn via the Webex Education Connector. This allows the instructors and students to leverage Webex features and capabilities without downloading the Webex app. Instructors can schedule and start meetings within the Blackboard learn interface, while students can join meetings and view previously recorded sessions.
The full set of capabilities includes:
- Schedule Meetings
- Start and Join Meetings
- View Recordings for past meetings
- Schedule Office Hours
- Create Teams and spaces
- Collaborate (Message, Call and File sharing) with students
But wait…. there is more!
In addition to Blackboard Learn, we now also have an in-depth Recording Library. In education, recordings have many valuable uses. Recordings of existing sessions can be re-used in future semesters, they can be used as supplemental material in other class offerings, or as guest lecturer content worldwide. Additionally, with the advancement of flipped learning (pedagogical approach to learning where students learn materials before class), recordings enable class time to be used in a different way, focusing on deeper understanding of materials and problem-solving activities.
The Recording library allows an instructor to create a recording and publish it to their students in other classes with the following capabilities:
- Allows an instructor to rename, view and delete their own recordings
- Ability to host a Webex meeting within a course for the purpose of capturing a Webex recording, without making the meeting it visible to the students immediately
- Ability to record a private Webex Meeting recording and share with students in single or multiple classes
- Ability for a student to view recorded Webex Meetings that the instructor has shared
What’s coming next
Since not every educational institute operates via the same methods, upcoming features will include more administration for LMS and granular control over classroom groupings. Administrators using the Admin Panel will be able to control what users have visibility to, whether it includes all the features within the Webex Education Connector or just a subset. This helps ensure compliance with educational regulations as well as simplifies the experience by removing unused features.
For schools using the ‘sections in classroom’ collaboration feature in Canvas (creating virtual teams), admins will now be able to apply divisions so that students in one section will not be able to see the spaces created by other sections. This helps keep student work only in their group, keeping groups focused.
Bring the classroom together with collaboration
By partnering with educational platforms like Blackboard, we are always looking to see how we can use collaboration to make the lives of students, teachers and parents simpler, easier and more accessible globally. From the classroom to graduation, Webex has you covered.
To keep up with the latest advancements in collaboration education check out Webex Education Connector site.
For more information, on Webex Education Connector see the following:
- The Cisco Webex Education Connector for Teachers
- The Cisco Webex Education Connector for Students
- Install the Cisco Webex Education Connector in Your Learning Management System
Sep 16, 2021 — Aruna Ravichandran