2015 Presenters

This is the discussion and email group for conference presenters. You must join this group as part of submitting a proposal, as important communication with presenters will be sent to this group's members.

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Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2015

Important Information for Presenters

A HUGE and special thanks to you for presenting at the conference! Here are some notes that you will want to keep handy during the event:

  • Please note that training information for you is here. You are responsible for learning to use the Blackboard Collaborate platform, and there is a recorded training session on that page.
  • The time of your presentation session(s) is listed on the schedule page for your time zone. Please double check to make sure you know when you are going to present.
  • IMPORTANT: The private page that lists the presenter/volunteer links for each individual session is This is where you will find the link to enter your session room with the correct privileges. This page is just for presenters and volunteers, so please do not share it as we do not want any participants entering session rooms as moderators.
  • Please go into your presentation room at least 30 minutes before your sessions begins to check your microphone and sound, to upload any presentation slides, and to welcome attendees.
  • If you need some help before your session, the volunteer lounge will be open during the conference and we will be glad to help you. The link to the room is You can keep your session room and the lounge open at the same time.
  • We will work hard to try and have a volunteer moderator for each session, and at the very least one of the volunteer supervisors will come in and check you you before your session. If for some reason you do not have a volunteer moderator in your session and you experience any difficulty, you can come into the volunteer lounge room and ask for help.
  • As a related note, we would really appreciate it if you could help to moderate some sessions when you are not presenting! It makes a huge difference to a presenter to have someone else there. You can sign up for volunteer time slots during the conference, or just show up in the lounge and let us know you are available. 
  • Please continue to let people know about this free conference! Thank you!

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Comment by Amy Brinkley on January 29, 2015 at 5:22pm

File Type:

Blackboard Collaborate can handle PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx), Open Office (.odp), or image files (.jpg). No other file types will be supported, so please convert any presentation materials to one of the above formats.


Blackboard Collaborate, when converting a presentation, strips out slide transitions, animations, and videos. Please reconfigure your presentation accordingly.  


Videos can be shown if they are uploaded to a video site like sure you have the links handy. You can also check out to create handy links to your videos.


You will connect using your computer to the live Blackboard Collaborate session, where you'll have access to all of the features of the platform--voice, text chat, video (optional), web/desktop sharing, and a presentation/whiteboard area.  To check that your computer is ready for Blackboard Collaborate, please go to  

"Step 1" will indicate if you have a version of Java that is compatible, and then "Step 2" lets you actually go into a test session.  Please do this in advance of your session, and call or email if you have any trouble.  A headset/microphone combination works best for your voice participation, although built-in microphone and speakers will work.

Mac Users:

If you are using a Mac running Mountain Lion v10.8.4, Blackboard has released a special app called the "Collaborate Launcher for Mac" which is now required for Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and later. More information at


Your presentation is scheduled for an hour, which can allow for however much time you'd like at the end for Q & A with the live audience.  You do not need to fill the hour, but please do not exceed an hour as you will cut into sessions scheduled immediately after your keynote.  Finishing 5 minutes before the hour is "best form."

Introduction and Chat:

At the top of the hour, please be sure to start the recording and introduce yourself.  There will be a moderator in the session to help with the chat and the participants, and to assist during Q&A if you desire.


A set of recordings (Blackboard Collaborate format, .mp3, and .mp4) will be put up immediately for those who cannot attend at the time.  These will be available publicly and indefinitely.


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