Recommended Equipment for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Sessions
To get the most out of using Blackboard Collaborate it is advisable to have:
- a headset or microphone so you can fully participate in live sessions
- a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see below)
Optional: Blackboard Collaborate offers good quality video conferencing. Users who wish to take advantage of the video conferencing option in Blackboard Collaborate will need to acquire and set up a Web camera. However, this is completely optional.
Headsets and Microphones
- a USB headset with attached noise-canceling microphone (highly recommended)
- a microphone and computer speakers
Note: Headsets generally produce much higher quality audio. The school strongly recommends the headset option.
There are two types of connection plugs:
- Recommended: USB connector, which will plug into any USB port on your computer.
- Not recommended: Two 3.5mm connector plugs that connect to the microphone and headset ports on your computer.
(Note that this is different than single-connector 2.5mm telephone headsets.)
Most USB microphones and headsets work fine so feel free to pick any you'd like. However, some students have used the following headsets or microphones and found they worked well.
Gigaware USB Stereo Headset with Microphone
This digital headset fits comfortably and doesn't give headaches from a too-tight fit. (Digital, model 4300079 available from Radio Shack.)
Plantronics Behind-the-Head Stereo Headset with Microphone
Easy to use, very comfortable, can be purchased in-store or online. (Analog, available from Best Buy, Fry's and other sources.)
Headsets from Microsoft and Logitech (with noise-canceling mics)
Computer Minimum Specifications
For a list of minimum specifications, please see the following article published by Blackboard Support.