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Scheduling a Virtual Classroom Meeting and Launching Bongo

The directions below demonstrate how to schedule and launch a Virtual Classroom Bongo session for your students in D2L.

To watch a recorded webinar on using Virtual Classroom, visit this site:

To attend a live online webinar, visit the Training Calendar above to register for a Virtual Classroom session.

Setting up a meeting:

1. Click on Virtual Classroom in the header of your D2L course home screen.

2. Click on the Plus sign  located in the lower right corner of the screen.

3. This brings up a new window where you will enter your meeting information.

4. You can select “Repeat weekly for” in order to create multiple meetings for the semester

5. Further down in that window you have other options to select such as

  • Publish recorded meeting
    • Makes meeting recordings visible in the Virtual Classroom.
  • Allow external participants
    • Creates a link you can share with those outside the class.
  • Invite entire class
    • Will allow all students to see the meeting in the Virtual Classroom.

6. Select “SAVE”.  Your scheduled meetings will now appear under “Active Meetings”.

Starting a Scheduled Meeting

1. Find the meeting in the “Active Meetings” of the Virtual Classroom.

2. Click on the three dots under Actions and select “Launch”.

3. On the next screen select “JOIN”.

4. Select how you want to join the audio.

5. Make sure to allow BONGO to use your microphone.

6. Here is what the active meeting screen will look like.

Sharing Your Webcam

1. At the bottom of the active meeting screen, click on  to share webcam.

2. Allow BONGO to use your camera.

3. Select the camera and click “Start Sharing”.

Sharing Your Screen

1. At the bottom of the active meeting screen, click the small screen icon to share your screen.

2. Next, choose what you want to share.

  • Entire Screen
    • Your full desktop
  • Window
    • A program such as Word or PowerPoint
  • Web Browser Tab
    • An open browser tab (Chrome in the example below)

3. To stop sharing click on the screen button.         

Participant List and Chat Tool

1. Access the participants by selecting the Participants tab.

2. Access the chat tool by selecting this tab.

Adjusting Settings and Ending a Meeting

1. Click on the three dots located in the top right corner of the meeting screen.

2. Several options are available as shown below.

3. Click on “Settings” to adjust items such as….


4. Click the End Meeting icon to end the class session for everyone.

Cross-listed Courses in D2L

Seeing triple or more?  When a course that is cross-listed  in Colleague is batched to D2L at least three shells are created.  One shell for each of the individual courses (ART-130-003 and then ART-E77-703) and one shell with the courses combined (ART-130-003, ART-E77-703).  This process allows instructors increased flexibility.  If you do not plan to post material by section (ART-130-003) and only to use the combined section (ART-130-003, ART-E77-703) you can make the individual course shells inactive which will hide them from the view of both you and your students.  The individual shells themselves can not be deleted without impacting the enrollment of the course.

While in the course shell you wish to hide follow these steps:   

  1. Wait until the Day Your Course Begins.
  2. Select Course Tools
  3. Select Course Admin
  4. Select Course Offering Information
  5. Uncheck the box that reads “Course is Active”
Course is Active option in D2L

So What Does this Mean for Dual Delivery Courses?

You have two options for managing your D2L class shells for Spring 2022.

1) Use the individual Parent Shells for each Specific Section (usually 2 per course)

  • This will allow you to post different information (due dates, announcements, assignments, quizzes, etc.) to each section of that one course.
  • For example, you might post instructions for the virtual students (one parent section (PSY-211-002)) that are different than what the in-person students (a second parent section (PSY-211-072)) will do.
  • The downside is you may have common information for both groups and you would have to post this information twice (one in each parent section).
  • With this option you would hide the combined child section (PSY-211-002, PSY-211-072) when it becomes active on the first day of your class.

2) Use the Combined Child Shell that Includes all Parent Sections for that Course (1 per course)

  • This allows you to post information once and all students in the class will see the same thing, regardless of the child section they are in (i.e. virtual or in-person).
  • Good if each section is taking the same quizzes and doing the same assignments.
  • If desired, students can be sorted by sections. This can be done in D2L under Course Tools > Admin or in the Gradebook.
  • The downside is that if different parent sections have different information (due dates, announcements, etc.) you will have to insure each section knows which information pertains to them.
  • With this option you would hide the individual parent sections (PSY-211-002)(PSY-211-072) when they become active on the first day of your class (see above instructions).

D2L Course Reset

Have you ever copied a previous course into the current term’s course shell and then realized it was the wrong course?  Or have you ever just wanted to start from scratch in your course design of your D2L course?  If so, D2L now has a course reset feature to allow faculty to “start over” with their course shell.

The course reset permanently deletes everything in the course including all content, activities, grade book items, etc., but does not affect user enrollments. 

Who can reset a course and where is it found?

The course reset feature is only available to D2L Admins.  If you’d like your course reset, email your request to the Teaching and Learning team at  Include the course information, such as term, course id and section information in the email.

What if students have already started using the course?

If the course has started, it may be too late to start over.  In that case, you will have to delete content, assignments, etc. on an individual basis.

Dual Delivery Student Engagement – Strategies and Examples

Welcome to the Dual Delivery Student Engagement Strategy and Examples blog.  The Teaching and Learning staff at South Suburban College will provide strategies and examples to assist faculty in teaching in a dual delivery format. Check back often for updates as we plan to add creative and innovative strategies throughout the term.

What is Dual Delivery at South Suburban College?

A dual delivery class provides for both limited in-person seating and virtual students attending via D2L virtual classroom. Students must choose their preferred delivery mode section when registering. Virtual students are expected to be available at the scheduled class and lab times.

What do the Virtual Students Experience?

Remember, the virtual student can only see a small portion of the physical classroom, usually the instructor and white board.  The instructor can also share their screen as they showcase a PowerPoint presentation, website, or a variety of course content.  But if in-class students are talking and participating in the class discussion, the virtual students may only be able to hear audio (unless the instructor moves the camera).  These are considerations to keep in mind when designing your course in D2L or guiding in-class discussions.

Strategy and Example #1 – Incorporate Weekly Online Discussion Forums

The Set-up

  • To encourage student engagement with your virtual students, create an online discussion forum with a topic you plan to discuss in-class.  This allows your virtual students to feel like they have another option to participate and be heard.
  • To encourage building community with both in-class and virtual students, make it a requirement that both sets of students respond to the weekly online discussion forum.
  • Name each weekly discussion forum Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, etc., so that the discussion forums can be easily identified.
  • To encourage participation, provide feedback and grading by giving the weekly online discussion forum a point value, i.e., make it worth their time.
  • Let students know that their online discussion forum post may be brought up during class time.
  • See: How to Create Discussions Forums in D2L

How to Implement

  • Prior to your in-class time, read the online discussion forums and take note of interesting comments by both in-class and virtual students.
  • During your class time, call on two students who had interesting comments in the online discussion forums or that you would like to clarify specifics of their posts.
  • When students respond during class time, have them mentioned their name first.  This allows the virtual students to make a connection to the in-class student.  The virtual student may not see those in-class students, but they may have read their online discussion forum posts.

See it In Action – Examples

I use the out-of-class posts to guide in-class discussions”.
Dr. Jay Howard, reprint from the Teaching Professor Newsletter
(December 2016)

  • Dr. Jay Howard is a professor of sociology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University and author of the book Discussion in the College Classroom – Getting your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online.
  • Dr. Howard uses this strategy for his traditional face-to-face courses.
  • According to a Reprint from the Teaching Professor Newsletter, Dr. Howard has found advantages to this strategy:
    • Encourages class-wide participation.
    • Students who might experience anxiety of being called upon in-class, may feel better organizing their thoughts in an online discussion forum first, then clarifying their thoughts in-class.
    • Since students know their online discussion forum posts may be brought up in-class, this encourages them to provide reflective posts.
    • Motivates students to complete readings required that week.  Students can be assigned to provide a quote from a reading in the online discussion forum or post something that raises a question.
    • Since Dr. Howard is reading the online discussion forums prior to class, he can determine where students may be struggling and if more in-class discussion is required.
    • On that same note, he can also determine if students are on track and he can now focus on other areas of discussion.



  • Are you teaching a dual delivery course and would like to provide a helpful strategy?  Email:

Bongo Virtual Classroom – Large Gallery View (display 25 student cameras at once)

Bongo recently introduced a new feature in their virtual classroom platform that increases the number of student cameras that can be displayed at one time.  The Large Gallery view can be found under settings and can be utilized by both the instructor and student to customize their individual view. Presentation view is on by default, but users can toggle between Presentation view and Large Gallery view.

Bongo Virtual Classroom Large Gallery View
Bongo Virtual Classroom Large Gallery View

Toggle Between Presentation view and Large Gallery view

  • While in the virtual classroom, select the Settings options (three dots in the upper right corner)
Bongo Virtual Classroom Settings
  • Select Large Gallery view
Bongo Virtual Classroom Toggle to Large Gallery View

  • Repeat steps to return to Presentation view
  • Important Note – In order to use Large Gallery view, at least one camera must be turned on, otherwise this option will be greyed out.  Large Gallery view is not available on mobile devices.

    Pin Your Camera to be the First Displayed

    • Click on Participants
    • Select Your Name
    • Select Pin camera
    Bongo Virtual Classroom Pin Camera

    For a complete list of recent Bongo updates see:

    Join Bongo Virtual Classroom using an iPad or iPhone

    Student’s may receive an error when trying to join their Bongo Virtual Classroom using an iPad or iPhone.  However, this can be rectified by following these four simple steps:

    Step 1: Make Certain your iPad or iPhone’s operating system is up to date

    • On your iPad or iPhone open Settings App > General > Software Update

    Step 2: Update your Safari Settings

    • On your iPad or iPhone open Settings App > Safari
    Ipad Safari Settings
    • Make sure all of the following are toggled OFF:
      • Block All Cookies
      • Prevent cross-site tracking
    ipad security settings for Safari

    Step 3: Download the Brightspace Pulse App

    • On your iPad or iPhone open App Store App
    • Search Brightspace Pulse and download
    Brightspace Pulse App logo
    • Open the Brightspace Pulse app and follow the tutorial next buttons until you are at the screen to select your school
    • Select South Suburban College
    • Login with the same username and password you use to login to D2L: Complete SSC email and password (example: tmakin100@student.ssc)

    Step 4:  Navigate to your Bongo Virtual Classroom

    • Using the Brightspace Pulse App you downloaded in step 3 above, under My Courses > Select the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of your desired course
    • Select Launch Course Homepage
    Brightspace Pulse Launch Course Page
    • Under More in the course navigation > Select Virtual Classroom
    BrightSpace Pulse More Virtual Classroom
    • Under Action column of scheduled Virtual Classroom session > select Launch
    D2L Launch Virtual Classroom
    • Select Join
    Bongo Join
    • Select to allow Microphone
    • To turn on your webcam, select Camera and allow

    Release an Assignment or Quiz to a Particular Section of Students

    When teaching a combined section course, there may be times when an instructor would like to release an assignment or quiz to a particular section of students.  Releasing assignments and quizzes to sections have slightly different directions which are referenced below:

    Assignment – Release an assignment to a particular section of students

    • Edit a current Assignment
    • Select Availability Dates and Conditions
    • Under Release Conditions > Select Add a Release Condition
    • Select Create New
    • Under Condition Type > Select Section Enrollment
    • Under Condition Details > Select the Section and Create
    • Only students in that section can now access the assignment

    Quiz – Release a quiz to a particular section of students

    • Edit a current Quiz > select Restrictions
    • Under Release Conditions > Select Create and Attach

    • Under Condition Type > Select Section Enrollment
    • Under Condition Details > Select the Section and Create
    • Only students in that section can now access the quiz

    Release an Assignment or Quiz to Student Groups

    There may be times when an instructor would like to release a quiz to a particular group of students.  For example, an instructor may have a group project as part of an assignment and would like to release an assignment or quiz to just that particular group. 

    The first step is creating student groups and enrolling students into that group.  The next step includes adding restrictions to a quiz or assignment based on the group.

    Step 1: Create Groups in child shell course (combined section)

    • Go to Course Tools > Groups > New Category
    Manage Groups
    • Provide a Category Name, such as Labs
    • Enrollment Type:  Select # of Groups – No Auto Enrollment (this allows the instructor to manually enroll students into each group)
    • Select Number of Groups
    • Provide Group Prefix.  This name will appear before each group number (Labs 1, Labs 2)­­
    • Save
    Category Information

    Step 2: Manually Enroll Students into each Group

    • Select the Group Name
    Category Name
    • Select Enroll Users
    Edit Group
    • Select the student names
    • Save

    Step 3: Create a Restriction for the Quiz based on Groups

    • Edit the current Quiz > select Restrictions
    • Under Release Conditions > Select Create and Attach
    • Under Condition Type > Select Group Enrollment
    • Select the Group that the quiz should be release to
    • Select Create
    New Restriction
    • Quiz now has a Group Restriction
    Group Restriction

    Getting Started with Simulcast/Dual Delivery and/or Lecture Capture

    Updated: August 4, 2021

    Classrooms upgraded for simulcast delivery include a webcam, a second Epson projector, and a projection screen. The second projector and screen (located in the back of the room) can be used to view your virtual classroom students. Virtual classroom students will be able to view your webcam, anything you screen share and communicate with you through chat or audio.

    Before Your Class Begins

    • Log on to the Teacher’s Workstation with your SSC Network Credentials
    • Turn on the Front Projector, and then the Rear Projector
    • Log into D2L at
    • Start your Virtual Classroom Session inside of D2L
    • Allow Bongo to access the Classroom Webcam and Microphone (HuddleCam 3A)
    • Turn on the Chat Alert Inside of the Bongo by Accessing the Virtual Classroom Settings
    • If you are planning to use a PowerPoint you may want to uncheck ‘Use Presenter View’ and set your monitor to ‘Primary Monitor’ in PowerPoint.
    To Turn Off Presenter View in Microsoft PowerPoint Select ‘Slide Show’
    • Turn off the lights in the front of the classroom.

    Moving the Virtual Classroom Screen to the Rear Projector

    • On the Teacher’s Workstation, locate the browser window containing your Virtual Class Session in Bongo
    • Hold down the left mouse button while on the browser window and drag it off the screen to your right
    • You will now see the browser window with the Virtual Class Session in Bongo appear on the Rear Projection Screen
    • Visit if you need help “Getting Started with Bongo”

    Using the WebCam


    A webcam has been installed to allow remote learners a view of the classroom. It is positioned so that it can capture not just the instructor, but also any information presented on the dry-erase board in the front of the classroom. The Webcam is on if the blue light is visible as in the photo above. If there are no lights visible on the camera, press the power button on the webcam remote as pictured below.


    Using the Webcam Remote Control

    • The left/right arrows move the webcam left and right
    • The up/down arrows tilt the webcam
    • The zoom fast/slow buttons control the webcam zoom feature
    • The auto button can be used to automatically focus the webcam
    • If by chance the image displayed by the webcam is upside down, press the ‘REV’ button, this will right your image.

    At the End of Class

    • Turn off Front and Rear Projectors
    • Logout of D2L
    • Logout of Teacher’s Workstation


    Optional Laptop Connection

    Instructors can use their personal laptop computer to replace the Teacher’s Workstation in the classroom.

    NOTE: By using your personal laptop you will not be able to use the interactive features of the Epson Integrated Projector or the Promethean ActivPanel.

    Step 1: Connect the USB and HDMI cables into the corresponding laptop ports as shown below.

    USB Connection

    HDMI Connection

    Step 2: Press the black button so the green light changes from input 1/A to input 2/B on the HDMI video switch. This connects the laptop to the projection system.

    Step 3: Press the circular Webcam controller button to switch the Webcam connection from the Instructor Workstation to the Laptop.

    USB switch


    Optional Use of a Document Camera

    Step 1: Turn on (Blue Light Comes On) the Elmo Document Camera Power

    Step 2: Select ‘EIT ICON’ Shortcut on Teachers Workstation.

    Elmo Operation Face, Power

    Step 3: Select ‘Primary Display’ to display the image on Teachers Workstation or Select ‘Secondary Display’ to display the image on Projector Display Screen.

    Step 4: Users can use the ‘Pen Feature’ within the EIT Program to mark or edit what is being displayed.

    Elmo Pen User Options
    PC Display Output

    Step 5: Once you are finished with the unit, make sure you turn the document camera off. (NO Lights on the unit)

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