Online presentations – students

Below is step-by-step guide on how to join an online class meeting or presentation using “Blackboard Collaborate Ultra”:

  • Login to Blackboard, click on “Blackboard Collaborate Ultra”, and join the session
  • I will create groups based on the Excel sheet posted on Blackboard, and each group will be assigned a presentation time (example: Tuesday class, Wednesday class)
  • Once you join, you will be in the “Main Room” by default, you will need to join your group number based on the Excel through “Breakout Groups”
  • Within your “Group”, you can chat with your group members and share files
  • I will “Join” each “Group” at their assigned presentation time so they can present to me
  • This means that you will not be able to listen to presentations from other groups, unless you “Join” the “Group” at their presentation time, which you’re welcome to do if you wish to. All the times and topics are shared on the Excel above
  • However, you will need to make sure you’re in your “Group” at the time of your presentation. I strongly suggest you set a time with your team to test the online tool and rehearse to prepare for your presentation just like you would do for an in-class presentation
  • Finally, this means that you will have to use PPT (or PDF) instead of an actual poster. Please make sure all the content is on a document you can share online
  • Test Session: I have created a “Test Session” that will be available all the time, the “Breakout Groups” are typically available only when i’m online during a scheduled session as I need to create them during the session. However you can still use the “Main Room” to test the tool and rehearse for your presentation

Tips for your online presentation:


  • Login individually and test the online tool, you may need to upgrade your browser or install a plugin
  • Login as a group and test the functionality and familiarize yourself with the interface, practice for your presentation as a group just like you would do with an in-class presentation


  • Mute your microphone if you’re not speaking, otherwise, we can hear everything
  • Use more visuals, less text
  • Turn the camera on, we want to see who’s talking
  • Transition between slides as you would do in an in-person presentation (introduce the next speaker …)