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Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning platform with both screen sharing and application sharing, web conferencing, and integration with Blackboard Learn, the primary learning management offering.Blackboard Collaborate for Virtual ClassroomsAcross the whole college, we use Blackboard Collaborate for virtual classrooms.,The ability to break students out into smaller groups and then bring them back to the main room Having all tools (chat, participant management) all on one page,Quality of video in large meetings Price is high compared to competitors,4,Positive in that its easy to use and integrates with our LMS well Negative in that it is more expensive than competitors,Zoom,Zoom, McGraw-Hill Connect, Google DriveBlackboard Collaborate- a big step up from SkypeThis program is used in academic support services for online tutoring and academic coaching, which are increasingly needed as more and more degree programs are offering online-only options and the number of students outside a commuting radius increases. While Skype and Google Hangouts are useful for video chat, they aren't designed for academic purposes and lack many of the tools available in Bb Collaborate.,Training,The Whiteboard feature is perfect for tutoring. We use it to write out formulas, draw diagrams, etc while in video chat to enhance explanations. The file attachment feature is also very handy. This means we don't have to do a follow-up with a student using their email to send files of handouts, etc. It's great that we only have to share a classroom access link for a student to enter a session. With other products, they had to set up a username and log-in with an account. Link access means 1 less hassle. We are currently beginning to use the "record session" feature video sessions to use as training for new employees.,I recently tried to use the Share Screen feature, which would be extremely valuable for online tutoring, but despite installing the additional Blackboard Screensharing app, it won't work. I have not yet contacted support to get help with it, but it seems this should work when one follows the instructions. It's not incredibly intuitive in its setup. For example, to get the "share video" icon to appear (the only way you can activate the camera to start video feed), you have to do a sound and video test first.,7,Our implementation has been gradual over the last 2 semesters. Students who have used it to access live academic support despite being unable to drive in for face to face sessions have been extremely happy. It is gradually boosting student morale for offsite students, who have long felt they were unable to access services that were paid through fees with their tuition. Multiple support services who have wanted to provide online support but were unsure how they could are more empowered to do so now. The current mood is "what else can we offer online through this, workshops, advising, live broadcast of student org meetings"?,Google Hangouts and Skype,BlackboardCollaborate in Education with Blackboard Collaborate (Ultra)We've been using Blackboard Collaborate since back when it was Elluminate (then Blackboard Collaborate, and now Blackboard Collaborate Ultra). The Ultra version is browser-based and very simple to use. It is typically used for office hours for our online instructors, handling virtual training sessions our team administers to our faculty, and other times people on our campus may want to meet virtually. Collaborate is also an easy way to have a guest speaker join a classroom remotely. Collaborate Ultra is integrated with our LMS (Blackboard, though they support other integrations), so essentially there is no setup involved for the faculty member. Students just click a link, type in their name, and they are able to join the session, simple as that. Smartphones and tablets are also supported. The Collaborate team has been aggressively working on making the tool more and more accessible.,Internal communications Lead generation Training,Very simple to use. While not overbearingly rich with features, there are a lot of features available to get workflows done. Allows for several options to make a session accessible, while the developers are working on even more ways. Mobile friendly.,Takes advantage of features available in Firefox and Google Chrome browsers for application sharing; these features are not yet available in Safari or Microsoft Edge.,10,Collaborate Ultra has been the most effective for us for training faculty virtually. Faculty have been excited that they can have a remote guest speaker in their classroom, and all they need to do for set up is to e-mail that guest speaker a link to join the session. Collaborate Ultra is beyond useful for faculty to meet with online students who are either across the country, or even in other countries, with tools that really help to focus on course work.,Google Hangouts and Skype,Ubuntu Linux, Oracle VM VirtualBox, IntelliJ IDEA, Blackboard, Docker, Microsoft Office 2016, LibreOfficeGreat for small groups of online studentsBlackboard Collaborate is generally used across our e-school. Teachers use the software to present live and recorded lessons to our students across the state of Florida. It allows us to deliver instruction in a more interactive method, reaching all types of learners and incorporating audio, video, and interaction.,Internal communications Training,Enables teachers to upload PowerPoint presentations and display them for the class Allows multiple people to be present at one time Has adequate tools for teachers to be able to engage class in interaction (polling, raising hand, allowing microphone and video camera sharing),Blackboard Collaborate frequently causes us to see "Exception errors" Students and teachers regularly get "kicked out" of the online classroom/lose connectivity PowerPoints are static. Does not support animations unless using another program to upload.,7,We've been better able to engage students in their learning opportunities We can host reviews, allowing students to prepare better for exams, and thus boosting test scores We can get to know our online students in a personal way,Elluminate,Snagit, Mozy Pro, Adobe Acrobat DC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe PhotoshopBlackboard Collaborate for Optimal Company Communications!Blackboard Collaborate is utilized by my company for teachers to hold office hours for students within the online courses provided by the company. It is also used to hold virtual department meetings. This addresses our need for communication between teachers and students, teachers and other teachers, and teacher and management staff.,The ability to host a number of people in a meeting and manage their participation via text and audio. The screen sharing features allows presenters to demonstrate procedures exactly as instructed on the screen. This also allows the presenter to permit others to share their screens if they need clarification of something or to share further ideas. The software gives you the freedom to use a whiteboard to draw/demonstrate concepts to students and other employees.,Some of the newest computer high resolution screens are not as compatible with the interface. The font and windows are much smaller and the user is not able to increase the size of the windows to make it easier to read/navigate. The audio can sometimes be inconsistent and tune in and out when someone is speaking. This is not every time though and many times the audio is clear. The login process takes a bit longer to get into the program. You have to go through a few step process and loading time to get into the application.,8,The program has allowed enhanced communications between teachers and students so that students can get real time tutoring and not rely on back and forth emails. The program gives teachers a platform to come together and participate in professional development activities together and ask questions/make suggestions in real time. Has created an "office" like atmosphere online to help simulate a brick and mortar classroom teacher office where students can feel comfortable communicating with teachers about their concerns.,,Skype, Google Drive, Adobe Acrobat DC
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Becca Guler profile photo
April 23, 2018

"Blackboard Collaborate- a big step up from Skype"

Score 7 out of 10
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It's useful for a classroom video session with a professor, as multiple students can access it at once (it will stream better if only the instructor uses video and others just use chat) and both lecture or answer questions, employing the Whiteboard feature as necessary. There is a hand raising option students can use to signal that they have a question, or they can just put a question in on the chat section.
It is not as interactive as some video tutoring platforms I have seen, but it is something that our support services at school have access to with a site license, so it's ideal for us.
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December 18, 2017

"Collaborate in Education with Blackboard Collaborate (Ultra)"

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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is great for office hours, virtual training, virtual guest speakers, virtual lectures, and more. While it has a focus for pedagogical needs, its use is not limited to just that. It also supports up to 500 people in the session at one time (with the option to request support up to 1,000).
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September 29, 2016

"Blackboard Collaborate for Optimal Company Communications!"

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It definitely is well suited for department meetings and communication between students and teachers for online tutoring. I actually think it could be useful for a variety of companies, especially for employee training purposes. It may be a bit too complicated for generic communications with clients.
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February 05, 2016

Blackboard Collaborate: "Stop! COLLABORATE and Listen!"

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As a composition professor, there is less need for me or my colleagues to use it--though I have in the past. I see it especially beneficial for math professors because the whiteboard feature allows symbol notation for math problems, and students can see how the problems are worked out synchronously. I also have used it in the past for literature discussions in a small-group setting after class, as well as for content reviews before exams.
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May 03, 2016

"Blackboard Collaborate -- Great for teaching or being taught!"

Score 8 out of 10
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Blackboard Collaborate is great for large groups, such as online classes, study groups, or remote meetings. It probably isn't necessary for smaller groups, especially for those that don't need all the extra features such as recording, or screen share.
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December 14, 2015

Blackboard Collaborate Review: "Collaboration at the next level"

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Blackboard Collaborate works well to bring people together for online learning sessions. In my previous job we used it to bring together students from all over the world to participate in group work and discussions, and it works well for that. It can be a little iffy trying to use it to screen or app- share, as you can't always tell what the participants are seeing, and when you have students trying to connect from, for example, a forward operating base in Afghanistan, the connection can be slow.
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December 04, 2015

"Happy Blackboard Collaborate User"

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Blackboard Collaborate is great for online meetings when you are a distributed institution. It is also perfect for our adult student population because it is intuitive and easy for them to launch and participate.
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November 23, 2015

"Blackboard Collaborate is best when collaborating with other Blackboard Products"

Score 6 out of 10
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If my organization was using other blackboard products, then I would highly recommend using Blackboard Collaborate in sync with those products. In all honesty, there are many products that do similar functions - but they beauty is Blackboard Collaborate is integrated with other large systems, making permissions, histories, etc. seamless.
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November 18, 2015

"Blackboard Collaborate - A great fit for the academic setting"

Score 9 out of 10
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A web conferencing tool is an essential component of any online education initiative that promotes synchronous communication. Blackboard Collaborate is specifically suited to those schools who already use Blackboard Learn as their course management system because of the high level of integration between the two products.
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November 17, 2015

"Blackboard Collaborate is a solid choice for integration, feature set, and usability."

Score 7 out of 10
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When choosing a system for real-time interaction online, ease of access and use has to be paramount. Ask about matters of compatibility with various browsers, OS options, and devices. In particular, explore whether the product under consideration is browser based or independent, what downloads (if any) are required to access. From here, investigate the intuitiveness of the tool set, in terms of versatility, but also prominence, accessibility, and clarity of use.
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March 08, 2016

"Blackboard Collaborate Student Review"

Score 8 out of 10
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I thought it was perfect for online education. I really have a hard time sitting down and reading a textbook when I'm at home. Blackboard collaborate kept my attention and helped me absorb the material by using visuals and being able to actively participate during class lectures and/ or discussions.
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October 03, 2016

Blackboard Collaborate: "Collaborate with Ease"

Score 8 out of 10
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It is great when you want to communicate, but need to have a visual. It allows for writing on the whiteboard and an uploaded PowerPoint. Also, the polling, private rooms, and other tools make it good for group activities.
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June 03, 2016

"Blackboard Collaborate"

Score 9 out of 10
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It is best suited for classroom presentation and less for online meetings. However, I think the goal of Collaborate is to allow those students not in the physical classroom to be able to better participate and to feel more a part of the class. This is what Collaborate does best. And of course the integration with other Blackboard features makes it a quite seamless tool.
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November 17, 2015

"Blackboard Collaborate creates virtual classroom."

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Blackboard Collaborate is particularly well suited for one (or a few) speakers presenting information for a large number of more passive participants who may only interrupt for a few questions at a time. This makes it particularly well suited for a traditional education environment. It does not do well for meetings or group discussions where there may be more than 6 people who would like to be seen and heard during the session without having to constantly turn on and off their audio and video.
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February 26, 2016

Blackboard Collaborate Review: "Makes a Student's Life much Easier - Improves Communication Skills"

Score 8 out of 10
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Using Blackboard Collaborate is great especially when you have to go out of city for an important task and you can't attend a course class, but you want to be up-to-date with what happens. With blackboard, if used properly you can keep yourself up-to-date with everything and at any time that you want.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

High quality audio (24)
7.1
High quality video (24)
6.9
Low bandwidth requirements (23)
5.8
Mobile support (4)
8.4
Desktop sharing (24)
7.1
Whiteboards (24)
8.1
Calendar integration (10)
9.9
Meeting initiation (17)
8.1
Integrates with social media (5)
8.2
Record meetings / events (23)
8.5
Slideshows (6)
8.7
Live chat (24)
8.9
Audience polling (22)
9.1
Q&A (6)
8.8
User authentication (17)
6.6
Participant roles & permissions (22)
8.8
Confidential attendee list (12)
8.4

About Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning platform with both screen sharing and application sharing, web conferencing, and integration with Blackboard Learn, the primary learning management offering.

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