If you have not yet used Elluminate Live because you are unsure of its capabilities or need more information to get started, then read on! There’s a lot this tool can do for you!
Elluminate Live is a virtual classroom tool that is available within Blackboard and will most likely be available in Canvas. The tool functions similar to a web conferencing tool in that students are invited to attend a synchronous web meeting in which the instructor will present information and can allow opportunities for student interaction.
Features include whiteboard, application sharing, file transfer, and web tour. The software also includes a record feature that allows the instructor to record the class for others to watch later as well as a graphing tool, breakout rooms for group work, and timer. The whiteboard supports the uploading of presentations for viewing on the whiteboard for class or meeting.
Dr. Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan uses Elluminate Live to engage her American National Government students in live role-play simulations of government procedures. Students pass the microphone back and forth and communicate via the chat tool in order to take part in the simulation. She records the session for students who are unable to attend the live session so that they can review and complete a reflection assignment. This allows for participation from students who are unable to participate in synchronous activities.
When asked about her experience with the technology, Dr. Scourfield-McLauchlan stated:
There were ways in which I feel like this online tool actually produced a more robust learning experience for my students for this simulation. I have only ever done this in person before and there is something fun about changing the setting so it is like a city council chamber. I didn’t want to give up my simulations when transferring my course to online format, and with this tool I didn’t have to.
In my in person simulations, I don’t interject while students are speaking, but in Elluminate I was able to provide guidance without interrupting them. Using the chat tool, I was able to answer questions and give suggestions to students while they were speaking. We actually ended up with a simulation that was much better. So, now I am thinking of ways to incorporate this into my face-to-face class as well.
If you are looking for more information or orientation guides for yourself as well as to provide to students, consider the following resources:
Elluminate Live Student Orientation Slides (PPT) – for you to use during your first session to orient your students.