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To listen to a Blackboard Collaborate session, one must have speakers or a headset. In a lab setting, students must use a headset. By default, all students can send chat messages to the instructor or to the entire class. If the instructor requires a student to speak during a session, then the student must have microphone. If the instructor requires a student to video or project themselves speaking, the student must also use a webcam. Please view the recommended devices below.
To present in a Blackboard Collaborate classroom session, one must have at minimum a microphone and speakers. To prevent echoing, it is best to use ear buds and a separate microphone or a headset with a built-in microphone. The best microphones and headsets for presenting and recording audio read 'noise canceling'. Webcams with built-in microphones do not pick up as clearly as a desktop or a headset microphone. A webcam is recommended but optional for presenting in a Blackboard Collaborate session (it will be needed if you want to share video feed of yourself while presenting).
The following devices are recommended for personal use.
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