Information Technology Services
Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate
What is Blackboard Collaborate?
Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual meeting space optimized for learning. Whether you have two learners or two hundred, Blackboard Collaborate enables communication, collaboration and education that transforms teaching and learning. Through the use of classroom tools such as a virtual whiteboard, chat, webcam, voice-over-IP, application sharing, etc. you can create an interactive learning experience that is constantly evolving. Blackboard Collaborate can open many possibilities for you to create virtual classrooms, an e-office, and meeting spaces to consistently engage your audience.
The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is a utility that provides a convenient and reliable way for Mac OS X 10.8.4 and later users to join Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions. To learn more click here.
- Internet connection speed must be at least 56k or above.
Wired connections work better than wireless connections (even if you have high-speed Internet cable/DSL). We recommend that a wired connections should be used for the best experience.
Note: We do not recommend the use of an aircard or mifi device when connecting to a Collaborate session due to the connectivity of the cell device.
- Java version 1.5 or higher (32-bit only) is required to run Blackboard Collaborate.
- Operating systems must have at least 256 MB of RAM.
- Pentium III 1 GHz processor.
- 20 MB free disk space.
- Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended).
- Webcam (optional).
- View our Supported Browsers page for a list of required Operating Systems, Browsers, and Java.
To moderate (present) or attend a Blackboard Collaborate classroom session, one must have speakers or a headset to receive audio transmissions. A microphone and webcam are needed to transmit audio and video during a classroom session. Read More
Note: In a lab environment, all participants must use headsets.
Device recommendations for personal use and for a conference setting please visit: Device Recommendations
Request a Collaborate Room
Tips for Using a Collaborate Session
Blackboard Services Status
IT Services Announcements
Login to Collaborate
Audio Setup Wizard
Collaborate Moderator Interface
Collaborate Participant Interface
Create Archive in Collaborate
Web Tour in Collaborate
Creating Breakout Rooms
Things to Remember
Java on Windows 8
Office of Online & Blended Learning:
Logging into Collaborate
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