Blackboard Collaborate

What is Blackboard Collaborate and how does it work?

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration platform where instructors and students can interact in real time via microphone, text participation, or by phone to exchange lesson content or group ideas to facilitate learning. Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Wimba Live Classroom) enables live, effective learning in a virtual classroom environment that can also be recorded for archiving purposes. Please click the link below to watch an overview of Blackboard Collaborate.

Blackboard Collaborate Platform Overview
Tutorial: Creating a Blackboard Collaborate Session in myCourses

Printable: How to Create a Blackboard Collaborate Session in myCourses:

User Benefits

For Instructors

For Participants

  • Schedule and deliver classes using Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. capabilities, including VoIP, multi-point video, built-in phone conferencing, shared whiteboards, public/private chat, best-in-breakout rooms, application/desktop sharing, file transfer, and PowerPoint import
  • Create sessions easily, even those lasting longer than a year.
  • Get automatically assigned room for every course for the entire length of the course.
  • Hold virtual office hours, tutoring sessions, meetings, and more in your own personal room, automatically created and accessible from any of your courses.
  • Automatically assign a grade in the Grade Center for attending a live session or viewing a recording.
  • Easily convert session recordings to MP3/MP4 formats for streaming or downloading to desktop or any mobile device.
  • Launch a synchronous session or recording using Blackboard Collaborate directly from Blackboard Learn for a great user experience every time—regardless of connection speed.
  • View web conferencing sessions in the Blackboard Learn Calendar with a link to launch the session.
  • Join live classes and meetings on the go from your mobile device or tablet:

What does it need?

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Please click the link below to download the newest version of Java.

You will want to choose to download the Offline Installation that fits your operating system.
When the file prompts you to Run or Save the file, please click Save and save the installation file onto your desktop.
Once the download is complete, double click on the installation file on the desktop to begin the installation.
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Below, please find a link to a listing of the supported Operating Systems, supported Internet Browsers, and recommended
system specifications for using Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing 12.5.