Blackboard Collaborate
for Students

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session.

Student | Participant Users

Blackboard Collaborate​ is useful for live, real-time instruction online. It’s useful for:

COVID-19 Coronavirus Contingency

A contingency for addressing concerns surrounding COVID-19, commonly referred to as the Coronavirus

Alternate instructional Activities

Alternate instructional activities when you cannot make it to class due to snow days or other matters

Virtual Office Hours/
Web meetings

Conference calls, recording lectures, live broadcasts, and other innovative ways…

A one click virtual classroom

​​Blackboard Collaborate is a one click virtual classroom and online collaboration tool built specifically for institutions who need to deliver more engaging, personalized, and flexible learning options for students. It goes well beyond traditional web conferencing to meet the extensive and varied collaboration needs of today’s educators and learners.

To learn the basic use and functions of Collaborate, watch the videos below:

User Interface Tour Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience

The important features you need to foster collaborative online learning are organized neatly within the Collaborate with the Ultra experience user interface. This video was designed to give you a quick tour of all the important features and controls in the user interface.

Collaborate Ultra Help for Participants

For more information about how to participate in an online Blackboard Collaborate session please see the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Participant Help Page

Which browser should I use?

Blackboard Collaborate is regularly certified against the most current combinations of browsers and operating systems. These combinations also reflect the areas of strongest support.

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How to Join Sessions

Meet with your instructor and classmates online. Depending on the session and moderator, you can join a session directly from a web link, from your course and from your phone.

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Participate in Sessions

Get set up. You must give the browser permission to use audio and video to participate in a session. This is necessary so that you are seen and heard.

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Need More Support?

If you have reviewed resources above and are still experiencing issues using Blackboard Collaborate, please seek extra support using a method listed below.

During ITS Support Center hours of operation
Monday – Thursday 8:00am-7:00pm or Friday 8:00am-3:00pm:

Visit the ITS Support Center Walk-In on Main Campus, Allman Center room 106.

Submit an ITS Support Ticket online.


For immediate help (or during times outside of ITS Support Center hours):

Call the ITS 24/7 Helpdesk at (866) 517-3567