Blackboard Collaborate for Staff

Blackboard Collaborate has a 250 attendee limit. If you wish to use Blackboard Collaborate with more than 250 attendees view our guide.


Introduction to Blackboard Collaborate

What is Blackboard Collaborate? What can I do with it?

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool integrated into every Blackboard course that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate opens right in your Chrome or Firefox browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session.  It will work on phones and tablets without needing an additional app.  Find out more in this guide.

‚ÄčAccessibility Information

Blackboard Collaborate was designed with accessibility in mind. Follow this link to review the vendor’s latest guidance on using tools such as screen-readers with Collaborate.

Video blog introduction

This video blog was created a few days before Collaborate was made live and was notified to members of the Blackboard-users mailing list. 

The video description on YouTube has shortcuts to parts of the video that cover different features and aspects of Blackboard Collaborate.

When Matthew Deeprose presents his webinar overview of Collaborate, the slide deck that he used may be useful.

‚ÄčWhich tool should I use? (Scenarios)

The university has a number of tools for online communication and collaboration such as Panopto, Blackboard Collaborate, and Microsoft Teams. An info-graphic on this topic is available on the CHEP SharePoint site.

Getting Started

Using Blackboard Collaborate

These support pages are to help you get up and running using the various features that Blackboard Collaborate has to offer.

Best Practices

We have prepared guidance on best practices for running Blackboard Collaborate sessions based on feedback from other institutions and experts.

As colleagues build their own experiences at UoS we will continue to update this area with all the lessons we learn as an institution.

Collaborate Lesson Recipes

Based on staff experiences and pedagogic good practice we are building a selection of ‚ÄúLesson Recipes‚ÄĚ to help to facilitate learning activities with your students.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have collated the questions most frequently asked by UoS colleagues about Blackboard Collaborate and have compiled this useful list.

If you already have a question or technical issue, you may find the answer here.