Zoom video conferencing is replacing Blackboard Collaborate as the preferred option for online meetings in Blackboard. Zoom combines video conferencing, online meetings and in-conference group chat into one easy-to-use tool that is ideal for online academic spaces, as well as meetings and engagement with students and colleagues.
To ensure a smooth transition, Blackboard Collaborate will continue for the Spring 2018 semester, but will no longer be available after May. Instructors who have Collaborate videos they want to keep will need to download and save them prior to June 1. Follow the steps under Download Collaborate Ultra recordings at blackboard.ku.edu/collaborate.
Resources are available at kansas.zoom.us to help instructors get started and transition to using Zoom in Blackboard as quickly as possible.
- Zoom supports video, audio and content sharing among up to 100 participants, and is compatible with most devices, including Windows and Mac computers, Android and iOS devices, and KU video conferencing room systems (e.g., Polycom).
- Join Meetings — Participants can join a Zoom meeting from anywhere in the world via the Zoom app.
- Host/Schedule Meetings — KU faculty, staff and GTA/GRAs can schedule and host online meetings. Sign in at KU Zoom Video Conferencing to establish your account.
- Download the Zoom app on your KU-owned workstation, personal computer and mobile device at KU Zoom Video Conferencing.
Learn More About Zoom
- Online resources — Find online training guides and handouts at KU Zoom Video Conferencing and KU IT’s Web/Video Conferencing service page, including information on how to save existing Blackboard Collaborate videos.
- Deskside coaching — To request deskside coaching for Zoom, complete the online Request for Specialized Instruction form.
Instructors who have questions about using Zoom with Blackboard can contact the Educational Technology staff at email@example.com or 785-864-2600.