Distance Learning Update: 1st official Blackboard Collaborate session TODAY

Hopefully you have been receiving the Blackboard annoucements via email. For now, I will also post them to OpenLab:

Hi all,

I will plan to have Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions during our regularly scheduled class times. So our first one will be today (Monday) from 12p-1:40p. You should be able to see the session scheduled under Course Tools->Blackboard Collaborate Ultra in Blackboard. You can join the session there, or via the guest link:


Attendance (i.e., logging in) for class sessions is not required, but I do strongly recommend it, assuming you have access to a device and a reliable wifi or data connection. As some of you saw last week, you can even join and view these sessions via a phone (but I do recommend a computer or tablet, so that you have a bigger screen to view pdfs, the whiteboard and other content that I will share in the sessions).

Tomorrow we can go over any remaining HW5 questions, and discuss conditional probability (using the Class 12 outline pdf I uploaded to Openlab on March 11):

For those of you that can’t join, I will post a summary and followup instructions on OpenLab this afternoon after the Blackboard session.

Hope to see all of you on Blackboard!

Blackboard Collaborate test session – today!

[I posted this as an announcement on Blackboard just now, which you may have already received as an email. I thought I’d post to OpenLab too.  Note that you can log in to Blackboard at https://bbhosted.cuny.edu.]

I am going to run a test session in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra today, 12p-1p. If it’s possible for you to join, it would help me a lot if you do, even if only for a minute. I want to see how it will work for running class sessions. Also it would also be nice to hear from some of you and see how things are going through all of this.

Blackboard allows streaming audio and/or video from all participants, but there is also text chat if you’d rather just do that (or just join, you don’t have to chat at all!)

Here is the link for today’s session, which you can open on a computer or on your phone:


I tried joining a Blackboard Collaborate session yesterday from my phone, and it works pretty well.

I will likely run another test session tomorrow (Thurs) but I haven’t figured out what time yet.

Hope to chat with some of you soon!