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Participating in a Blackboard Collaborate Session

Blackboard Collaborate

Students and their teachers can engage and interact as if they were in a traditional classroom, with as good as, or even better, support.  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 fingertips and easy to use. 

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 club meetings or creating a collaborative workspace for members of your community. 

screen shot of Blackboard Collaborate session

Tips on Participating in a Session


In Session

  • Be sure to join the session 5 – 10 minutes prior to the start.
  • Set your Connection Speed to the Internet.
  • Use the Audio Setup Wizard to test your microphone and speakers.
  • Participate in the session by responding to polls and providing feedback to the moderator.
  • Raise your hand hand button when you have a question or a comment.
  • Use Chat to send text messages to other participants and the moderator during the session.
  • Remember that running other applications on your computer can slow your connection to the session.

Participant User Interface

Blackboard Collaborate Participant Interface

Participate from a Mobile Device (iPhone / iPad)

A free mobile app for iOS devices is available that allows you to participate in a session directly from your 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 for iPad screen  Blackboard Collaborate iPhone screen

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


Last updated: 3/13/2015

Related Links

First-Time Users Check Your System System Check

Is your computer ready? Check your system here before entering for the first time.

Quick Guides Quick Guides

  • Getting Started for Participants Quick Reference Guide [PDF]
  • Getting Started with Mobile Web Conferencing for Participants Quick Reference Guide [PDF]

Manuals Manuals

Weekly Maintenance Window System Maintenance

Any system updates are applied Saturday evening between 9:00PM and Sunday morning at 1:00AM. Blackboard Collaborate may briefly be unavailable during this time while the system is updated.  

Request Technical Support Techical Support

For 24/7 technical support, contact Blackboard Collaborate support using any of the following:
phone: 877.382.2293
online support portal