Blackboard Collaborate is a simple and convenient web conferencing solution built into Blackboard. Thanks to the robust collaboration and conference tools everyone feels like they are in the same room and they can experience this on any device.
NOTE: Please use Google Chrome to access Collaborate otherwise you may experience issues with audio
Collaborate is convenient and easy, it requires no extra software, just open up Blackboard and launch your session!
The interface is sleek and intuitive providing a clutter free and simple experience.
All this combined means you can focus on the learning easily without having to be bogged down by the software.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between the types of Attendees?
There are a few types of attendees available in Blackboard Collaborate. You have moderators, presenters, participants and captioners.
What web browsers support collaborate?
How do I join a session?
How do I schedule a session?
From the Sessions list, select Create Session. Give the session a name.
Set the date and time the session starts and ends. You can choose to keep a session open or repeat. You can also select if students can enter the session prior to the start time.
Type a detailed description of the meeting. This helps students find the right session.
What settings can I adjust for a collaborate session?
There are a lot of settings you can adjust when creating a session in collaborate. Some of these include:
Allow recording downloads from the Recordings page as well as on the recording play back page.
Show the profile pictures of moderators only.
Allow participants to use audio, video, chat, and the whiteboard editing tools.
Allow users to join the session using a telephone for their audio.
Any tips for a good collaborate session?
Prepare your session with some of these easy steps!
How can I add a link so students can see the Collaborate area?
You can add a link to the left hand menu of Blackboard by adding a Tool Link that connects to Collaborate.
How do I share sound from an application/chrome tab
To share sound please double check you have ticked the share audio box at the bottom of the share application/screen dialogue box. It is located right at the bottom and is quite easily missed.
Large sessions, Should I or shouldn't I?
ou can now allow for a large session. By doing this it turns off audio and video for all participants and without the option to turn it on. You should not use this (unless you speak to the Learning Technologies Team about why you may need to enable this beforehand)
How do I join from my phone?
Mobile device users, who are using the Blackboard Student or Blackboard Instructor app to connect to a session, can't use the teleconference dial-in simultaneously with the app audio for communication during the session.
From in the session: If you have joined a session on a browser and want to use your phone for audio, open the Session menu and select Use your phone for audio. Select the number listed and enter the temporary personal identification number (PIN). On iPhones, the PIN is inputted for you. You don't need to write it down first. With this personal PIN, you appear as yourself in the session. This PIN is associated with your personal account. Don't share it with anyone.
From the list of sessions: Select the name of the session you want to call into. Select the Anonymous dial-in information from the menu. Your device calls into the session. You appear as an anonymous caller to other attendees in the session.
From dial-in information sent to you: Call the number and enter the Anonymous dial-in PIN sent to you. You appear as an anonymous caller to other attendees in the session.
How do I mute my phone?
Can I create private sessions with my students?
Yes you can! You can use Groups to random enrol students into private groups that contain Collaborate. These will only let you and that student enter so there will be no accidental interruptions from other students.
My camera or microphone is blocked. How do I unblock it?
How do I allow guests to join?
If you wish to enable Guest access (a direct open link to the session) you will need to tick the Guest Access box to create the link - it will no longer be enabled by default.
How do I access Recordings?
You can access your collaborate recordings by choosing the three horizontal line menu, and then selecting recordings.