Guides for successfully starting a Collaborate session in both Windows and Apple/Mac.
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Accessing Collaborate Sesions in Desire2Learn
Log in to Desire 2 Learn and navigate to the
desired course. http://d2l.sfasu.edu/
(Choose the course in which you will be
participating in the Collaborate live
Once at your course home page, find the
"Collaborate" link and click once. There will be a delay while
the next page loads.
Click on the
appropriate "Join" link that your professor has setup for your
session (if any). The link will not be active until 30
minutes prior to the
scheduled session time. If
the "Join" button does not appear in your list, or if the list
is totally blank, then your instructor has most likely not
created an active session yet.
a pause, you may be asked to open/allow the Java service to run
(depending on which browser you are using), so please choose
Then, you will see the Java banner pop up briefly.
Next, you will briefly see the manager banner as the service
begins to start.
Please wait. Depending on your computer's
security and browser configuration, you may also be asked some
security-related questions about allowing the
service to run. If so, then please answer "yes", "allow" or "OK"
in order to let the service run on your computer.
Following a pause while the program is starting, you
should find yourself in a Collaborate session that looks
similar to the image below. You are now
in a live
session! Please continue on to steps F - K in order to setup
your microphone and web cam (if needed). Obviously, you will need to have a web cam
microphone connected or built into your
computer in order to send audio or video. Nothing else is
needed to receive someone else's web cam video, but you will
need a set of working speakers in order to receive
audio from others.
To configure audio features, simply click on the audio
setup wizard icon (as shown below) and follow the directions.
Also, please be sure that your
properly connected to your computer before it was last started.
If not, please re-boot before proceeding.
After you have sucessfully completed the audio setup
wizard, you may click on the "Talk" button to turn the microphone
on in order to test your ouput. You should see the
microphone level bar bouncing back and forth as you
speak. Please click the "Talk" button again to turn the
microphone off. Please do not leave your microphone on if
not speaking during any session. This can cause
problems for other speakers who may also be trying to send
"Video" to turn your web camera on or off. Also, if you have a web
camera, please be sure that it was properly connected to your
it was last started.
If not, please re-boot and check to make sure it is working
with your computer first, before attempting to use it with
share your computer screen, simply choose the icon indicated
below, select "share desktop" in the available selections and
then click the "Share" button.
using a webcam, please click on the icon
that's like the one shown below. (Please note: This feature can be
disabled by your instructor.)
When you finish sharing your
desktop, click on the stop button located in the upper-right
Viewing Recordings (Archives)
Please note that any recorded sessions may
take up to 24 hours from the
recording time before appearing in your course
archives area. To view a recorded
session, go to the Desire2Learn/Collaborate archive section
(shown below), then choose the approriate session link for the
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