Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate, sometimes referred to as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, is a video conferencing tool developed for educational purposes. It can be used by staff, students, and external guests. Sessions are accessible through a web browser with no need to download additional software.

Key uses:

  • Synchronous teaching (online lectures, seminars, and tutorials)
  • Webinars
  • Group work
  • Meetings

Key features:

  • Integrated with Blackboard
  • Chat with participants and moderators
  • Share files and applications
  • Whiteboard
  • Polling
  • Breakout groups
  • Record sessions
  • Supported by the Digital Education Office (DEO)

For alternative video conferencing tools, you can see Synchronous online sessions.

Collaborate how-to guidance

Training and support

Test course

If you wish to practice using Blackboard Collaborate, you can request a test course by e-mailing the Digital Education Office via

Training and Drop-ins

If you have any questions, you can refer to our events pages for upcoming training or to attend the daily DEO drop-in sessions which run Monday to Friday, 3-4pm. If you would like to request training for yourself or for your colleagues, you can e-mail your request to