Blackboard are carefully monitoring Collaborate as more institutions increase their use. They are projecting an unprecedented increase in its use and, out of an abundance of caution, they have made the decision to disable/amend features that can impact on overall system stability. They are:
- Timer – a countdown timer that helps with classroom time management.
- Chat typing indicator – a visual indicator that someone is typing but have not yet completed their thought. Note The chat feature itself will still be available.
- Netstats indicator – a visual indicator of connection quality next to each user.
- Reducing the number of video thumbnails – down from 4 to 2. This is the maximum number of thumbnails visible in the grid view.
They continue to monitor the performance, and may take similar actions for other capabilities if required.
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