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Blackboard Collaborate - Web Conferencing: Overview

About Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration platform that enables instructors to engage students and interact with them successfully in a live virtual setting within Blackboard.

In addition to conducting live virtual classrooms, instructors can use this tool in a variety of ways, including for prerecording lectures and course content, meeting with students in virtual office hours, and enabling students to become moderators in their own sessions/rooms so they can record themselves presenting class projects or collaborate with their fellow classmates for a group assignment.



  • Whiteboard – As the primary area for displaying content in a session, the dynamic whiteboard, controlled by the moderator(s), enables users to draw and write on whiteboard pages using whiteboard tools, interact on a page simultaneously, and display PowerPoints.
  • Web tour – Allows the moderator to push out and browse particular websites while participants follow along.
  • File Transfer – Upload files and easily push the files to participants during the session
  • Multimedia – Upload video, audio or flash files and push live during the session
  • Quizzes – Create quizzes to push out to participants during the session. Results are graded immediately and can be saved.
  • Moderated Chat – Participants can chat privately with each other but moderators can view if desired
  • Activity Indicators – In the participant window, you can see whether someone is typing, talking, annotating, etc.
  • Advanced Polling – Participants can respond to polls such as Yes/No or A,B,C,D,E
  • Publish – A separate application that allows moderators to convert archives into various formats for distribution (AVI, FLV, H.264, MOV, MP4, WMV, MP3, M4A, WAV)
  • Breakout Rooms – Faciliate small group collaboration or individual work rooms by separating students into breakout rooms within the session. 
  • Recordings – Instructors can pre-record lecture content and record live sessions. 

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