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Blackboard Collaborate is a synchronous conferencing tool built into Blackboard Learn. It can be used for holding office hours and presenting live lectures. We recommend reviewing best practices for accessibility using Blackboard Ultra available through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Page. For technical assistance with Blackboard Collaborate contact Blackboard Collaborate support.

What you want to do in your courseWhat to do as an InstructorWhat to do as a Student
Hold office hours or informal meetings with students.
  1. Add link to course menu or Add link to a content area
  2. Create Session
  3. Join Meeting
  1. Join Meeting
Present live presentations recorded for further review (e.g., Webinars, Course lectures, Answer questions about course material or reviews for exams)
  1. Add link to course menu or Add link to a content area
  2. Create Session
  3. Sharing an Application/File Sharing
  4. Presentation Options

    1. Recording

    2. Polling

    3. Making Students Moderators

    4. Breakout Groups

  5. Join Meeting
  1. Join Meeting

  2. Small Discussion - Break Out Groups

  3. Small Discussion - Polling

  4. Play recordings

Hold session with unregistered guests (e.g., Guest Speaker/Lecturer, Panel)
  1. Add link to course menu or Add link to a content area

  2. Create Session

  3. Allow guests in session

  4. Presentation Options

    1. Record session

    2. Add recording link

  5. Join Meeting
  1. Join Meeting

  2. Play recordings


Hold student presentations (e.g., Class Projects, Webinars, and Presentations)
  1. Add link to course menu or Add link to a content area
  2. Create Session

  3. Students join room as moderators
  4. Join Meeting
  5. Optional: Record session, Add recording link
  1. Presentation Tools
  2. Record Presentations
  3. Students as Moderators
Give students a collaborative work space
  1. Add link to course menu or Add link to a content area
  2. Create Session
  1. Moderator Support
  2. Join Meeting

  3. Small Discussion - Break Out Groups

  4. Small Discussion - Polling

  5. Presentation Tools

  6. Record Presentations
  7. Play recordings




We no longer recommend using Blackboard Collaborate as a lecture capture tool. Please view instructions on creating Echo360 PCAP recordings.

We no longer recommend using Blackboard Collaborate for student presentation. Please view instructions on using VoiceThread.