Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

You might remember Elluminate, the videoconferencing system of choice back before Blackboard acquired it and turned it into Blackboard Collaborate. Looking back after the Year of Zoom, this seems like a missed opportunity for Blackboard.  So what's on the roadmap for what they call their virtual classroom? There isn't much. The big feature mentioned here is the 'chat mention', which is basically the use of the @ symbol to get someone's attention using chat. There's also a 'gallery view', already familiar to users of other systems such as Shindig. To be fair, given that there's already video and breakout rooms and the usual extras for a virtual classroom, Blackboard probably saw no need to extend its subscriber base.

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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2021 02:04 a.m.