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 video below to watch an overview of Blackboard Collaborate.

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?

Before using Blackboard Collaborate for the first time, you will need to install the Blackboard Collaborate launcher software.

Below, please find a link to a listing of the supported Operating Systems, supported Internet Browsers, and recommended
system specifications for using Blackboard Collaborate.

For more information on how start using Blackboard Collaborate, click through the available help materials below.
Printable .pdf
Installing the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher
Must be done first!
Coming soon!
Blackboard Collaborate Introduction for Instructors