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Blackboard Collaborate

What is Collaborate?

Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that can be used to facilitate synchronous online sessions. The system has the capability to establish audio and video connections between moderators and participants. Moderators have the option to various tools, such as whiteboard, presentation, application sharing, and web tour within their online sessions.

Collaborate can be used for:

  • Online or Distance Learning courses
  • Holding Online/Virtual Office Hours or Review Sessions
  • Student collaborative group work
  • Teaching from Remote Locations
  • Guest lectures
  • Facilitating meetings with participants in remote locations

Please contact Lisa Brown ( or 275-9162) for more information.

Getting Started

System Requirements Check

  • Step 1: Check your browser and Java
  • Step 2: Enter the v12.5 Configuration Room and set up your audio/video

Getting Help

Quick Reference Guides

Check the Status of the Service

Note: Mac OS 10.8.4+ Users

Users with Macintosh OS 10.8.4 and above will be asked to use the new Blackboard Collaborate Launcher to join a collaborate session. This will alleviate the issues associated with Java dependencies and the Apple operating system. 

Information for Participants

Using Collaborate as a Participant

Information for Moderators

Using Collaborate as a Moderator

Integrating Collaborate with Blackboard

Using Collaborate from within your Blackboard Learn Course

Related Tools

Blackboard Collaborate Plan

Blackboard Collaborate Publish