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Book a free room for the Learning Revolution

The generous Steve Hargadon has done it again.

A strong supporter of libraryland, a few years back Steve gave us the space we regularly exploit for our popular TLCafe Webinars.

A strong supporter of education in general, Steve’s Learning Revolution project recognizes that the Web has reshaped where, when and with whom we learn.  And it highlights a wealth of virtual and physical events from Web 2.0 Labs and its partners in education, some of which are our own.  It’s easy to get lost browsing the Ning’s upcoming events, archived webinars, group chatter, blog posts, featured books and more.

And there’s more.

The Learning Revolution Project now allows you to use a free public Blackboard Collaborate room to host your own education-related Webinar using a free public Blackboard Collaborate.

So, if your event is

  • education-oriented
  • non-commercial
  • free to attend
  • recordable
  • open to anyone

you can get a room.

I love Google Hangouts, but this option is a lovely professional, stable, full-featured alternative that is also free and does not require a Google+ account.

Consider this space for your virtual author visits, professional development, conference committee meetings, or connecting your book clubs or debates teams.

To book a Learning Revolution public-use Blackboard Collaborate room, visit the calendar.

It will take 24 – 48 hours for a virtual room to be created. You will then receive an email with the moderator link for you (and any co-presenters) to use to enter the virtual room, a link for you to distribute to potential attendees, and a link to the recording (which will work after your session is completed).

Your event will automatically show in the Learning Revolution calendar with the attendee link

The default time for a host-your-own Webinar is one hour.  Click here for full instructions.  A little BlackBoard training before getting started is highly recommended.  Here’s a video tutorial.

Steve shared his motivation for continuing to help us connect:

I think it’s incredibly important that we find ways to help educators share with their peers, and to themselves be proactive creators in order to help their students become the same.  One of the defining characteristics of the ‘learning revolution’ is the reshaping of opportunities the Internet provides, and hopefully bringing this program is one more way to make a difference.

It makes a big difference.  Thanks again, Steve.





Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. I may have worked to create this program, but Blackboard Collaborate deserves the credit for supporting this idea when the product was called Elluminate and making it part of the now-defunct LearnCentral community. It’s so fun to have figured out how to do this again!

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