Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing system connecting staff, students and external guests. Sessions are accessible through a web browser with no need for additional software. It's simple to use – once set up, a Collaborate Room can be accessed via a Blackboard course or a weblink.

Collaborate functions

With Collaborate you can:

This video from Blackboard Inc introduces the Collaborate Ultra tool.

How it works

Student access

For most Collaborate sessions students will be a participant. Usually it's as simple as clicking a link and joining the session. The Collaborate Ultra Help for Participants page will help a participant get started.

If accessing as a participant, we recommend: 

Staff access

The Collaborate Ultra Help for Moderators page has guides to help you give the best experience through Collaborate. Note that where variations in advice for different systems are displayed, staff need to follow guidance for Blackboard Learn.

If running a Collaborate session we recommend:

Getting started

This interactive video demonstrates how to set up a Collaborate room, how to create sessions, and basic techniques like sharing a screen with participants.

Image of collaborate training video.

Blackboard also provide excellent guidance for getting started with Collaborate.

Further reading and advice

  1. Improve Student Outcomes with Blackboard Collaborat (PDF, 2.5 MB)
  2. University of Reading Collaborate Case Studies
  3. Recording sessions
  4. Sharing files and content
  5. Breakout groups