Joining a webinar

Cochrane uses the Blackboard Collaborate software package to run training webinars. To participate in a webinar, you will need a computer with internet access and speakers. A microphone will allow you to participate in the spoken discussion, but if you don’t have a microphone, you can use the built-in chat room to type questions and contribute the discussion that way.

Joining the webinar

Five minutes before the scheduled time, you can join the webinar by going to the link provided when you registered for the webinar.

First time users may be asked to install the 'Launcher', a small piece of software that allows Blackboard to run on your computer, or to update your Java files. Please allow a few minutes extra to do this, or you may wish to do this ahead of time to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and you don't require IT support (see below on 'Preparing for the webinar').

Enter your name in the field provided, and click the Log In button. The Blackboard Collaborate virtual classrom will be launched in a new window.

Preparing for the webinar

Please note that we will not have time to resolve any technical problems during the webinar. Before the webinar, go to the Behind the Blackboard support website to check that you have the minimum system requirements.

From this page, you can access a Configuration Room – a test classroom to make sure your connection is working and you have everything you need. Joining the test classroom will also trigger the installation of the 'Launcher' for first-time users - if you install it for this purpose, you will not have to install it again for the webinar.

In the Configuration Room, you can check your audio settings by going to the Tools menu, and selecting Audio > Audio Setup Wizard.

A brief presentation demonstrating how Blackboard Collaborate looks and works is available here (pdf file).

Further information is also available on the Blackboard Collaborate website.

If you have any trouble, please contact your local IT support.


For comments, queries or corrections, please contact training@cochrane.org.

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