Virtual Co-ops Technology

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate powers our synchronous online classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with a whiteboard that is used for presentations and visual interaction. The teachers and students communicate by voice or text chat.

Participants in a Blackboard Collaborate session can:

  • Have discussions using voice or text chat
  • Write, draw, and paste images on a shared whiteboard
  • Present materials imported from PowerPoint, conduct polls, and take quizzes
  • Simultaneously view web pages, video, and other multimedia
  • Use breakout rooms to work in smaller groups
  • View or share documents or software running on any participant's computer
  • Record sessions for later viewing or review

The only equipment required to participate in a Blackboard Collaborate session is a computer with a high-speed Internet connection and a headset with noise cancellation.

Want to find out if your computer has what it needs to use Blackboard Collaborate? Check out the Blackboard Collaborate Support Utility.


Moodle is our secure Class Management System (CMS) and is easy to use. Each co-op will have their own private Moodle hosted on the Lampstand Press servers. Moodle is password-protected and only co-op members will have access to classes.

Moodle participants are able to:

  • Post assignments
  • Upload writing assignments
  • Post grades
  • Post student presentations
  • Upload student homework assignments
  • Give quizzes
  • Communicate via forums