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Communicating and Collaborating

Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing

What's new...Blackboard Collaborate 12. Download Brochure

Blackboard Collaborate

Educators and students can engage and interact as if they were in a traditional classroom, with as good as, or even better, outcomes.  With Blackboard Collaborate™ you have the functionality you need for a student-centered learning environment, such as two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording. These tools are at your finger tips and easy to use.

Blackboard Collaborate is seamlessly integrated within Blackboard Learn at NIU, but non-NIU users can also be invited to participate in live online sessions...the possibilities for live online collaboration are endless!

Get started today with some informational Quick Guides or step-by-step Tutorials from Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.   Remember Blackboard Collaborate is also a great tool for hosting department meetings or creating a professional development opportunity for members of your community.  Learn more about how to request access to Blackboard Collaborate here.

Sample session

To see Blackboard Collaborate in action, short demos are available online at http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Resources/Recorded-Demos.aspx

Moderator User Interface

Blackboard Collaborate Moderator Interface

Participate from a Mobile Device (iPhone / iPad)

A free mobile app for iOS devices is available that allows students to participate in a session directly from their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad! Students are able to fully interact during the session:

  • Join live classes or meetings from iPhone or iPad
  • Interact via text chat and two-way audio
  • View whiteboard content and shared applications
  • Use emoticons, hand raising, polls, breakout rooms
  • Connect directly from Blackboard on your mobile device, like the NIU Mobile App or Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard Collaborate iPad screen  Blackboard Collaborate iPhone screen

Watch a brief tutorial to see what participating in a session from a mobile device is like and download the mobile app!

What's New

The following additional resources have recently been added.

  • Comparing Blackboard Collaborate 12 to Blackboard Collaborate 11 [PDF]
  • Mobile Web Conferencing User's Guide [HTML for desktop] [HTML for mobile device]
  • Mobile Web Conferencing Session Management Tips for Moderators [PDF]
  • Getting Started with Mobile Web Conferencing for Participants Quick Reference Guide [PDF]

Last updated: 04/21/2015