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Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra is the TLTR recommended Web-conferencing tool that is built in to your Blackboard course site. You can use it to hold and record synchronous class sessions with your students, as well as pre-record lectures to post on your course site for students to view asynchronously. 

Help for Collaborate Ultra

Share Video over Collaborate Ultra

If you are sharing video synchronously over Collaborate Ultra and you want the best sound quality for your students, use the Chrome browser and follow these steps:

  1. Open the Collaborate panel and select the Share Content tab.
  2. Select Share Application/Screen.
  3. Select the Chrome Tab option (or select Entire Screen on a PC).
  4. Select the Share audio check box.
  5. Choose the tab you want to share from the list.
  6. Select Share.

Some Features Disabled in Collaborate Ultra (as of March 2020)

Due to the high demand for webconferencing, Blackboard has disabled some of the features in Collaborate Ultra to help minimize required bandwidth. The full list of disabled features can be found in this PDF document. Features that will be disabled include:

  • Timer (a countdown timer that helps with classroom time management)
  • Chat typing indicator (a visual indicator that someone is typing but have not yet completed their thought. The chat feature itself will still be available.)
  • Netstats indicator (a visual indicator of connection quality next to each user)
  • Reducing the number of video thumbnails from 4 to 2 (this is the maximum number of thumbnails visible in the grid view

Collaborate "Classic" (WebMeeting)

Collaborate Classic will be discontinued at the end of 2020 and will no longer appear as a default option in course site menus beginning Summer 2020.


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