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Blackboard Collaborate for Students

Image of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra interface on multiple devices

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that your instructor may choose to use for virtual class sessions and office hours or to facilitate group work in a course. Collaborate is integrated into Blackboard, and if made available to you, can be launched from within a Blackboard course.

You can find more information on how to use Blackboard Collaborate via the links below.

Using Blackboard Collaborate as a Participant

Use these links for information about using Collaborate as a Participant. If you are using Collaborate as a Presenter 

or Moderator, please visit Blackboard Collaborate for Instructors

Technical Requirements

NOTE: For the best experience, Blackboard recommends that you use Chrome (version 54+) or Firefox (version 49+) as your browser when using Blackboard Collaborate. They also recommend that you use a headset (or headphones with an echo canceling microphone) rather than speakers when several people are talking in the room. This will eliminate potential echoing and feedback and improve your audio experience.

Browser Support & System Requirements:

Collaborate with the Ultra experience supports Windows and Mac PCs, Google Chromebook and Microsoft Surface Pro devices provided one of the supported browsers (listed in link above) are being used and audio/camera devices work with those browsers. (Microsoft Surface devices running Windows RT are not supported.)

Mobile Support:

Students can access Collaborate Ultra on a mobile device using the Blackboard app. Please see Collaborate in the Blackboard App » for more information. Students can download the Blackboard app via the KU Mobile Plaza »

Supported File & Image Types For Upload:

  • File Types Supported For Upload: .ppt, .pptx, .pdf can be converted
  • Image Files Types Supported for Upload: .gif, .jpeg, .png

Support File Types For Profile Picture:

  • Supported image types for profile picture: .png, .jpeg, .jpg

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