What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and how do I use it?
Your instructor may use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to teach all or part of your class.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a virtual or live classroom featuring real-time video conferencing and interactive features, such as audio, video, an interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, breakout rooms, and chat.
Usually, when an instructor is using Collaborate Ultra, they will place a direct link on the course menu. If the link isn't there, access Collaborate Ultra through
the Tools link on the course menu: click the Tools menu link, then find and select Blackboard Collaborate from the tool list.
You can learn more about using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra here:
- Get Started
- Join a Session
- Participate in a Session
- View a Recorded Session
- Accessibility Features
- Troubleshooting Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
If you have questions about using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra in a specific class, please contact your instructor.
Tips for Using Collaborate Ultra
Join the session early
Give yourself time to learn what you can and can't do in the session. Start with the basics: add a profile picture and set up your audio and video. If you are presenting, make sure you can share content. Practice using the tools.
Be on time
If you can't be early, at least be on time. Let your instructor know if you're going to be late or absent. Everyone can set notifications to alert them when someone has joined the session and may see who is joining when.
Don't assume everyone automatically recognizes your voice. State your name the first few times you speak. Give everyone a chance to know you.
Make eye contact
If you are sharing video, look at the camera and not the session. It may feel weird but it shows you are engaged in the session. If you need to multi-task during the session, shut your video off to avoid looking distracted.
Mute yourself when not speaking
Nothing is more distracting than background noise, such as the sound of typing or a private conversation. It can give the impression that you aren't paying attention. Learn how to turn your audio on and off.
You may be joining the session from somewhere private, like your home, but you are not alone. You are face-to-face with your peers and instructors. Make a good impression. Participate. Don't talk over someone. Raise your hand if there is no opening to speak. Type questions and feedback in the chat. Pick your best profile picture. Watch your mannerisms and facial expressions.