Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual classroom/meeting tool which comprises audio, video, interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint display, application sharing, polling, breakout rooms and session recording. It can be used for an interactive online seminar or virtual classroom.

Collaborate can be used by staff and students. It can be used for one-to-one meetings, tutorial space, student discussions or an informal chat, contact assist@qmu.ac.uk to ask more about setting up sessions.

Collaborate Ultra is also integrated with the Hub meaning tutors can set up sessions and restrict access to authenticated users enrolled within a Hub area, providing the ability to verify the identity of a participant. External guests can also be invited to Collaborate sessions within the Hub.

Blackboard Help

Blackboard Help: User Interface Tour

Blackboard Help : Collaborate Homepage

Getting started in Collaborate : Moderator

Getting started in Collaborate : Participant

Roles within Collaborate

How to add Collaborate to a Hub module

Collaborate is integrated into the Hub allowing anyone enrolled on a module to participate in a virtual classroom.

Inviting external users to a virtual classroom

When a classroom has been created in the Hub, a guest URL can be copied and emailed to external users or used as a web page link.

Watch a Tutor video: How to Add Collaborate in your Hub module

Required Equipment and Software

To join a Collaborate session you will need the following

  • Internet Access (broadband connection highly recommended)
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam (optional)
  • For the best experience, use Google Chrome. Please note Internet Explorer 11 is not supported and other browsers may have limited functionality.  Check Browser Support for Collaborate configurations in different browsers.

Check you are set up correctly be accessing the Collaborate Ultra Test Session 

Session Preparation and Checklist

Preparation Checklist

You should carry out some checks one week before you are due to run or attend a session. You can check that you can get into a Collaborate Ultra Test Session and check your camera and microphone is set up correctly. You can also work through the short online tutorial to get familiar with the layout. 

To carry out these checks use the Collaborate Ultra Test Session

Troubleshooting

When you send invites to session attendees you should include instructions for them to check they can access and participate a session using the Collaborate Ultra Test Session.

Blackboard Help: Session Best Practices

Where can I get more assistance with Collaborate?

Further Help guides and resources

If you require further assistance using Collaborate, please contact assist@qmu.ac.uk

Blackboard Collaborate student information

What is Collaborate?

Collaborate is a virtual classroom/meeting tool. It can be used for online teaching, online seminars, virtual office hours, one-to-one meetings, tutorial space, student discussions or informal chat. It is integrated with the Hub but can also be used without the Hub.

Requirements:

To join a Collaborate session you will need:

  • Internet Access (broadband connection highly recommended)
  • For the best experience, use Google Chrome or Firefox : Browser Support
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam (optional)

You can check that you are able to access sessions using Collaborate Ultra Test Session

Etiquette

As a Participant in a session you should prepare by reading Session Best Practices