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

  1. Can I record my sessions?
    Yes! Check out this page from Blackboard Collaborate: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Get_Started/Record_Sessions.
  2. How do I add a session to my Moodle course?
    Follow the directions here: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Schedule_a_Meeting/Schedule_Sessions_in_Moodlerooms
  3. Can my session be graded?
    Yes. However, you will need to take attendance/participation for the session and update scores manually.
  4. 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.

Best Practices

  • 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.

    Blackboard Collaborate Documentation




      Keywords:lecture, office hours, synchronous, chat, meetings, live session, virtual classroom   Doc ID:85457
      Owner:Elizabeth R.Group:University of Illinois at Chicago ACCC
      Created:2018-09-05 20:31 CDTUpdated:2019-08-12 12:09 CDT
      Sites:University of Illinois at Chicago ACCC, University of Illinois at Chicago Sandbox KB
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