What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a tool that allows for students and instructors to use audio, video, chat, and file sharing (PowerPoint, whiteboard, web-tours) to hold live online meetings, lectures, and discussions.
Examples of Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
- Virtual office hours
- Online lecture and discussion sessions
- Individual meetings with students for projects
- Student group meetings
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I record my sessions?
Yes! Check out this page from Blackboard Collaborate: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Get_Started/Record_Sessions.
- Can my session be graded?
Yes. However, you will need to take attendance/participation for the session and update scores manually.
- How can I assure that the person I am meeting with is the student enrolled in my fully online course?
You can use this in conjunction with the Photoroster in Blackboard to verify student identity in online courses.
- Communicate dates in a way that is easy to maintain
- Rarely use hard due dates (e.g. September 22, 2017) - opt for relative dates (e.g. Tuesday of Week 1) whenever possible
- Use the year when typing hard due dates so that if it does not get updated, it will be clear that this is the wrong date.
- When you would like to collect submissions at midnight, consider using 11:55pm instead. Students are often confused when something is due on Monday at midnight, but the system says that it is due on Tuesday at 12:00am.
- Provide students with the Collaborate Ultra session in advance of the first meeting to allow them time to set up audio and video.
- For fully online courses, make it clear in the course explorer whether live sessions are required.