D2L - How to access a D2L Online Room

Instructions on how to access a D2L Online Room [Blackboard Collaborate] for first time users.


D2L Main Nav Bar Communcation Drop Down Menu Image

From your course homepage main navigation bar, click on Communication to expand the drop down menu. Select Online Rooms.


D2L Online Rooms > Rooms List Image

On the Room Lists page, a list of Online Rooms will appear. Find the desired room and click on the Join icon, located to the right of the room title.


Blackboard Collaborate Launcher Image

The first time you join a room, you will be prompted to download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.

The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is a utility for Windows and Mac that provides a convenient and reliable way for you to launch your online room. When you join an online room, Blackboard Collaborate checks to see if you have the launcher installed and, if you don't, prompts you to download it.


Blackboard Collaborate Launcher Download Image

Once downloaded, click on the file to launch the install.


Blackboard Collaborate Setup Wizard Image

Follow the setup wizard installation prompts to complete the install.


Blackboard Collaborate .collab file Download Image

Once the launcher has been installed, clicking a session or recording link will trigger the download of a .collab file. Click on the .collab file to launch the Online Room.


The launcher uses the .collab file to launch the room using a known and stable version of Java. Because the launcher includes the required Java, you do not need to install and maintain the system version of Java.


Blackboard Collaborate Internet Speed/Connection Image

When the online room launches, a new window will appear, asking what type of internet connection is being used. Select the appropriate option from the drop down menu and click OK.



Once the room has launched, locate the Audio & Video panel and click on the Audio Setup Wizard icon. Follow the setup wizard prompts.




Keywords:D2L, blackboard collaborate, online, room, desire2learn, student, course, web, conferencing, conference, video, audio, instructor   Doc ID:61599
Owner:Linda W.Group:UW Parkside
Created:2016-03-05 08:12 CDTUpdated:2016-03-05 09:30 CDT
Sites:UW Parkside
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