Present in a live session

What is it?

In Collaborate, the moderator may decide to elevate your permissions to presenter. There are some additional permissions you will have as a presenter.

What does it do?

As a presenter, you will be able to share your screen, an application or the whiteboard, upload and share content, and you will have the ability to turn your audio and video on even if this has been disabled for the rest of the class.

What should I know?

Step 1: Select the purple arrow icon on the bottom right-hand side of the screen to open the Collaborate panel

Step 2: Click on the third icon in this bottom row that looks like an arrow coming out of a box. Here you will see a list of ways you can share and collaborate as a presenter; we’ll go through each of these in order.

Screenshot of the Primary share content options in Collaborate. These are the items that will be available to presenters.

Share blank whiteboard

You can use this to draw, create shapes, point to, and add text on your whiteboard. You can use the bin icon at the far right-hand side of the screen to clear the entire whiteboard. Immediately before that is an icon that will allow you to download the whiteboard.

Click the stop sharing icon (a square with a circle around it) when you are finished.

Screenshot of the Collaborate Whiteboard with an arrow pointing to the last icon in the top row as this wipes the entire whiteboard.

Share application/screen

You can use this to share your screen, or any allowed windows or browsers by using the drop-down menu to see what is available to share and make your selection.

Click the stop sharing icon (a square with a circle around it) when you want to stop sharing.

Screenshot of the permissions window for sharing your screen in Collaborate when using Firefox. The drop-down menu is open to show the available options.

Share camera

This option is often redundant as you can share your webcam using the video icon in the middle and bottom of your screen. However, if you have multiple cameras available you can select your second camera to share here.

Share files

Step 1: You can upload a PowerPoint or PDF file here by clicking on the “Add Files” box or by dragging and dropping from your file explorer.

Step 2: Once uploaded, click “Share Now”.

Step 3: If you have uploaded a PowerPoint file, you will also have the option to decide what slide you want to start sharing from.

Note: Not all file types are supported, you can add PowerPoint files, PDFs and images. PowerPoint files are ‘flattened’ when they are uploaded, so interactive elements like animations will be lost. Please allow time for the files to be uploaded – this will vary based on file size and internet speed. 

Screenshot of a PowerPoint file shared in Collaborate. There is an arrow at the bottom of the screen at the arrows that let you control changing the slides.

Step 4: If you have uploaded a PowerPoint, you can use the arrows at the bottom of the screen to navigate between slides.

You can also use the editing tools here to draw lines, shapes, add text, or use the pointer to direct the audience to a point on your file.

Click the stop sharing icon (a square with a circle around it) when you are finished.

Updated on 06/03/2023

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