Whiteboard

Last updated: May 5, 2022.

The whiteboard feature introduces a way for learners and instructors to work individually or collaboratively with creative tools during live classes.

Creating a Whiteboard

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Within a Class, navigate to Teaching Tools, and select Whiteboard. You can create a shared whiteboard on the Whiteboard creation window, which allows the whole class or breakout room to collaborate. Conversely, you can create an individual whiteboard for learners to work independently.

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Class automatically saves all whiteboard activity, allowing learners to collaborate or work asynchronously after a session ends.

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Once you’ve created your shared or individual whiteboard, you will be able to name and configure it in Whiteboard settings. As an instructor, you can limit a learner’s ability to add or remove pages, lock or unlock pages, and present their whiteboard.

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When you’re satisfied with the whiteboard configuration, you can select Save or Save and launch depending on the class’s needs.

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After launching a whiteboard, you can modify the settings if the class’s needs change by clicking the context menu and selecting Settings. This will open the Whiteboard settings page within the open tab. Clicking Save will apply any changes made to the whiteboard immediately.

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You can launch Whiteboard to breakout rooms by clicking the context menu on a breakout room tile and selecting Launch Whiteboard.

Whiteboard Tools

Whiteboard features several creative tools that allow instructors and learners to create and annotate pages based on the needs of their class.

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Depending on how the whiteboard is configured, instructors and learners may add new pages, rename pages, lock pages, or delete pages in the tool.

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Instructors can turn learner editing privileges on and off with one click.

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Instructors and learners can use various annotation tools to illustrate the whiteboard based on the class’s needs and can select them by selecting their icon or using the keyboard shortcut while the Whiteboard is in focus:

  • Square/Rectangle (Keyboard shortcut: R or 2)
  • Diamond (Keyboard shortcut: D or 3)
  • Ellipse (Keyboard shortcut: E or 4)
  • Arrow (Keyboard shortcut: A or 5)
  • Line (Keyboard shortcut: P or 6)
  • Draw (Keyboard shortcut: X or 7)

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Annotation tools are fully customizable, allowing learners and instructors to change the size, color, fill pattern, outline width, outline style, and the sloppiness of the lines. The rectangle tool has one additional customization option, which allows users to choose whether their creation has round or sharp edges.

Instructors and learners also have the option to copy and paste their annotations or delete them. Select Clear all to start fresh.

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