Blackboard Collaborate: Annotation Tools and Whiteboard

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Collaborate annotation tools can be used with:

  • Shared Files
  • Shared Blank Whiteboard

How do I share Files or Whiteboard

From the Collaborate Menu, bottom right, select the Share Content Button. Blackboard Collaborate Share Content Button Logo

Select Share Files or Share Blank Whiteboard. 

annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard
For further details on sharing files see Share PowerPoint slides and other files.

Annotation Menu

When a document or blank whiteboard is shared there will now be an annotation menu in the top right-hand corner, the tools in the menu can be used to annotate the document.

annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard

It is possible to control whether these tools are available to students.

In settings under Session Settings, Participant permissions, check or uncheck “Draw on whiteboard and files”.

annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard

Students will not see the Clear Annotations icon.
annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard

Each of the tools can be used in interactive sessions with the students.

Annotations can not be saved, however it is always possible to take a screen shot.

MS Snipping Tool is free with your Office 365 account.

annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard

Annotation Tools

Text box with some basic formatting.

annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard

Pen, Brush and Eraser.

annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard

Lines and shapes.

annotation tools available on shared documents and whiteboard

For more details on the Annotation Tools see the Blackboard Help pages.