Collaborate is the name given to the centrally supported ‘virtual classroom’ service. Collaborate sessions can be managed entirely via a web browser with no need for client downloads. They can be scheduled via MyEd (useful for support staff and anyone who isn’t attached to a Learn course) or via Learn or Moodle (useful for course organisers / tutors wanting to host an online session with their students).

When scheduling the session, you can select to record the session for others to access after the event. You can also enable downloading of the recording to give you greater flexibility as to where to host the recording (you may want to upload to Media Hopper Create, for example).

If you are not familiar with using the Collaborate service, there are lots of training opportunities available. The top level IS page covering Collaborate can be found here. There is a comprehensive guide [pdf] here. There are online webinars scheduled throughout the next month or two (January, February 2021). Booking link via Events Booking here.

The most up to date and comprehensive list of supported browser/operating system combinations can be found here. Please pay special attention to this guidance if you use NHS IT equipment as the browser versions used differ from those used at the University and older versions may not be compatible.

If you have students accessing Collaborate from China, then please make sure they are using the special VPN service so they can access Collaborate. Details of the special VPN service here.

If you’d like help with scheduling, accessing or hosting an online session, please get in touch.

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Related links

Collaborate: enabling large class participation

Information Services support pages

Moderator Session Checklist

Example email invite to participants of Collaborate Session (21.4 KB Word)

Example: Instructions for Participants to be sent by Moderator (70.04 KB Word)

Participant Collaborate Session Checklist (84.35 KB Word)

Suggested Intro Slide (PDF)

Suggested Intro Slide (Powerpoint)