Collaborate Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing system that extends the collaboration tools within our Blackboard system to allow for synchronous, web-based, virtual classroom environments. Web conferencing with Collaborate gives you the functionality you need for a 21st century teaching and learning environment, such as two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.

Within Blackboard courses, it can be used for study sessions, tutorials, office hours, group projects, guest lectures, and even full class sessions. Beyond the classroom, Collaborate can be used by faculty and staff to conduct meetings, give presentations, or host online webinars.

Collaborate Web Conferencing training is held several times throughout the year. You can register online through the Training and Development site or schedule a one-on-one Desktop Coaching session by contacting the ITS Help Desk via email, or by phone at (254)710-HELP.

Collaborate features include:

  • Live web conferencing from Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire.
  • Enhanced student-instructor communication with two-way audio and text chat.
  • Consistent live, multipoint video with follow-the-speaker.
  • Student engagement via whiteboard, application sharing, polling, emoticons, hand raising, and breakout rooms.
  • Echo cancellation with no special equipment needed.
  • Tabbed chat, embedded HTML content in chat and web tour.
  • Multi-platform and low-bandwidth support with universal accessibility for those with disabilities.
  • Simple session management with ability to easily toggle permissions for features, like audio and video, for all participants with a single click.
  • Activity Window captures session activity.


Online Training:

Collaborate Participant Documentation:

  • Participants Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
  • Participant's Guide - Complete Manual (HTML)
  • Accessibility Guide (HTML | PDF)

Collaborate Moderator Documentation:

  • Moderators Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
  • Moderator's Guide - Complete Manual (HTML)
  • Accessibility Guide (HTML | PDF)
  • Audio Setup Wizard (PDF)
  • Using the Participants Panel (PDF)
  • Using the Audio & Video Panel (PDF)
  • Using Chat (PDF)
  • Using the Whiteboard (PDF | recording)
  • Using Polling (PDF)
  • Using Application Sharing (PDF | recording)
  • Using Web Tour (PDF | recording)
  • Using Recordings (PDF)
  • Loading a PowerPoint File (PDF)

Troubleshooting Problems

  • First Time User Information (HTML)
  • Configuration Room (HTML)
  • Collaborate Knowledge Base (HTML)
  • Common Issues (HTML)
  • Collaborate Launcher for Mac OS X 10.8+ (HTML)