Blackboard Collaborate for Students

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.

​Accessibility 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.

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.

Accessing videos of sessions that have been recorded

At the moment it is your lecturers discretion as to whether your Blackboard Collaborate sessions may be recorded.  While we expect recording to mostly be held in Panopto via Recorded Sessions in your Blackboard course menu, you may find that you can also access session recordings directly from Blackboard Collaborate.

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.