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Academic Technology Launchpad for Students: Collaborate

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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What is Blackboard Collaborate?

Instructors may add recorded lectures, presentations or use web-conferencing using Blackboard's Collaboratelogo Collaborate

  • share a whiteboard
  • view web pages, Powerpoints, or video simultaneously
  • view or share documents
  • chat by voice or text
  • watch a pre-recorded session or lecture
  • and more

If your class is using Blackboard, your instructor will have links to Collaborate in your Blackboard course, or may email you a link, and they will let you know the dates and times the Collaborate sessions will be held. 

What do I need? Equipment and Compatibility: You'll need a computer with an reliable internet connection, and speakers or headphones. To participate with your audio and video, you may use a microphone, a USB headset, a webcam or the built-in webcam on a laptop.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

1. Get Ready - check your computer and browser 

2. Setup your Audio and Video

Or Go Mobile with the Blackboard Student App

Help ?

Stop in the library if you have questions or want to book a multimedia study room / use library equipment so you can participate in a class session. 

Using technology on campus, we currently recommend using Firefox with Collaborate. Some issues have been reported using Chrome with Collaborate and Technology Services is checking on this. 

Instructors - contact CETL with any questions about using Collaborate Ultra. Truax B2208 608-246-6646

Blackboard will be unavailable during an upgrade to Bb 9.1 Q4 CU3 on Friday May 26, 2017 9:00 pm to Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00 pm. Blackboard will be available to Staff and Students on May 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Learn more

Scheduled Downtime - every weekday from 6:00 to 7:00 AM CST Blackboard may be offline for maintenance.  Do not use Blackboard during the maintenance window. Do not take quizzes during the maintenance window.