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Hosting Webinars Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

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Overview

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing program that lets you host virtual classrooms with your students and communicate with them via voice, video, lecture slides and text chat. Collaborate Ultra is available in every module in Blackboard Learn under the Module Management -> Tools section. Students can also access Collaborate Ultra on their mobile device using the Blackboard App. A video overview of Collaborate Ultra is available below.


Benefits of Webinars for Teaching & Learning

You can use webinars to:

  • Host live virtual classrooms with students
  • Communicate using webcams, microphones and text chat
  • Share lecture notes and stream video of your desktop
  • Collaborate with students using an interactive whiteboard
  • Record webinars for students to rewatch at any time
  • Provide virtual office hours that students can join from any location

Online Tutorials

1. Active Learning Tools - An Interactive Guide 2. Collaborate Webinar Recording

 

Quick Guides

Below are some useful resources to help you get started using Collaborate Ultra. Try our interactive guide first then try scheduling and joining a session on your own and practice with the checklist and sample session plan. If you'd like a practice module where you can try using Collaborate separately from your teaching modules please email the eLearning team. More detailed guides to the different features of Collaborate are available in the Additional Resources section.

Guides for participants are available on the Blackboard website.

Support Statement

Please note: Collaborate Ultra is available for teaching & learning purposes; for business conferences/calls etc. please use applications such as Skype for Business. The eLearning team can only provide support for using Collaborate Ultra relating to teaching. We cannot provide technical support to users during sessions so please ensure you are comfortable using it before facilitating sessions with students. We recommend using it for for supplemental sessions, additional classrooms etc. for low-stakes webinars that can be recorded if there are issues on the day; for example we do not recommend Collaborate Ultra for hosting interviews etc. where attendance is critical as there will always be a subset of participants who have connectivity issues. We cannot provide direct technical assistance with connectivity issues with personal networks or devices beyond the guidance offered on our troubleshooting guide.

Please note, we also do not recommend recording sessions of a highly sensitive/personal nature due to the remote potential that a recording link could be downloaded/shared by a participant.

Additional Resources

Below are additional resources for getting started using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.