Summer 2016 – Collaborate Updates

A new Java-free version of Blackboard Collaborate is available Now.  Classified as the “Ultra Experience,” this release of Bb Collaborate uses the web browser as the delivery format for virtual classrooms, meetings, and other engagement opportunities.
Bb Collaborate Ultra provides:
  •  A clutter-free, intuitive interface
  • Crisp audio & hi-definition video
  • Dynamic adjustments according to bandwidth and network access
  • New roles:
    • Captioner, which allows faculty to provide accessible alternatives to audio content for participants who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as for participants whose native language is different from the moderator’s
  • Participant, which allow students to present without giving them full moderator privileges
  • A basic whiteboard
  • Image, PDF, and PowerPoint sharing
  • Desktop Sharing
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Polling Tool
  • learn about how to use this new tool.
Contact the Technical Support Center to schedule a time to  learn more about how to use this new tool.

See below for the differences the old version and Ultra.

Differences between Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Collaborate Classic

Bb Collaborate Classic
Bb Collaborate Ultra
  • Requires Java and periodic application updates
  • Supports whiteboard, app/desktop sharing, web tours
  • Recordings are accessible in Blackboard Learn. They are in Java format, but can be converted to MP4
  • Room capacity supports up to 1,000 participants
  • Sessions can be scheduled in Blackboard Learn
  • The Chrome browser provides the best experience with WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication)
  • A specific Chrome extension is required for desktop/app sharing in a session
  • Recordings: Moderators can record their sessions and share them.
  • Recordings are supported as streaming MP4s.
  • Recordings only contain the primary content/video and audio. Chat and participant lists are not currently recorded.
  • Collaborate Ultra’s room capacity is currently limited to 125 users.
  • Scheduling tools are not yet available in the Bb Learn interface.