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Blackboard Collaborate

Ultra is a significantly updated version of Blackboard Collaborate that allows you to quickly create online meetings within D2L, allowing you to communicate with your students and colleagues in real time.

Default meeting spaces are available only to members of the course, but links can also be generated for external guests.

IMPORTANT! 

Collaborate Ultra is completely browser-based, but requires the newest browser technology. Be sure to use Google Chrome or Firefox 49 (or higher) to setup and access a Collaborate Ultra online room.

Moderators (Instructors)

Getting Started

About Collaborate Ultra: Information on the redesigned Blackboard Collaborate.

The Basics: General startup information.

Browser Support: Supported and recommended browsers.

Finding Your Way Around: Navigating Ultra.

Scheduling Sessions: Information on setting up a session in your course.

Session Settings: Advanced session settings.

Audio/Video Setup: Configuring the microphone and video.

Best Practices: Recommendations from Blackboard on moderating a successful online session.

What's New: New features are always being added. Find out what's new!

Accessibility Information

Moderating a Session

Sharing Content: Information on sharing content during a session, including applications, presentations, and interactive whiteboards.

Know the Tools: Information on all of the available moderator tools.

Breakout groups: Creating small groups to facilitate small group collaboration.

Polling: Using polls to engage participants. 

Managing Participants: Information on managing and promoting participants and privileges.

Chat: Details on the text-based chat tool.

Call Into a Session: Using the built-in telephony.

Recording Sessions: Setting and accessing session recordings.

Troubleshooting

Moderator FAQs

Browser Support

Chrome

Firefox 49+

Flash-based Browsers (Firefox 48 or earlier, Internet Explorer, Safari)

Network Connections

Report an Issue

Participants (Students)

Getting Started

The Basics: Overview information about Collaborate Ultra.

Browser Support: Supported and recommended browsers.

Finding Your Way Around: Information on navigating Ultra.

Joining a session: Instructors may schedule Collaborate sessions in their course.

Audio/Video Setup: Configuring the microphone and webcam.

Recordings: Information on accessing a recorded session (not all sessions are recorded).

Accessibility Information

During a Session

Breakout groups: The moderator may assign you to a breakout group to facilitate small group collaboration.

Polls: Moderators may create a poll to solicit participant input. 

Use the Tools: Tools available during a session (specific tools may depend on moderator permissions).

Presenting in Collaborate: Your instructor may promote you to a 'presenter' during a session. This role comes with elevated permissions for uploading and sharing content.

Calling into a Session: Information on the built-in telephony.

Troubleshooting

Participant FAQs

Browser Support

Chrome

Firefox 49+

Flash-based Browsers (Firefox 48 or earlier, Internet Explorer, Safari)

Network Connections

Report an Issue