Blackboard is temporarily disabling specific Collaborate features that can impact overall system stability.
These features 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. 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 from 4 to 2 (this is the maximum number of thumbnails visible in the grid view)
Blackboard is monitoring the performance of Collaborate, and in the interest of prioritizing system stability over all else, they may take similar actions for other capabilities.