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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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April 23, 2018

"Blackboard Collaborate- a big step up from Skype"

Score 7 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • 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"?
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December 18, 2017

"Collaborate in Education with Blackboard Collaborate (Ultra)"

Score 10 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • 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.
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September 29, 2016

"Blackboard Collaborate for Optimal Company Communications!"

Score 8 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • 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.
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November 07, 2016

Blackboard Collaborate: "Blackboard Collborate: Best for Online classes"

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • The positive impact of Blackboard Collaborate is that distant students can also attend classes.
  • Opens communication to outside world. For example, a professor conducts a guest lecture but somehow a guest can't be physically present in the class so he/she gives the lecture through Collaborate.
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May 03, 2016

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

Score 8 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Makes it easy for students with unusual schedules, or in other locations to participate.
  • Recording classes is very helpful should the student have to miss classes or if someone has to miss a meeting but wants to catch up.
  • Helps keep people up to date and is well known so most people have used it in some capacity before.
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December 04, 2015

Blackboard Collaborate: "Review from an LMS Admin"

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Though we have not been faced with an emergency yet, the return on investment we hope will be if we ever for some reason need to hold all classes online, for example in the case of natural disaster. We envision an ability to incorporate all classes into our LMS and get instructors to then activate Blackboard Collaborate to hold class times.
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December 04, 2015

"Happy Blackboard Collaborate User"

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Return on Investment

  • Employee efficiency.
  • Office Hours – Allows the college to maintain its model of minimizing physical space needs for our huge adjunct base.
  • Attracting Higher Quality Speakers - One faculty member estimated a potential savings of $3,000-$4,000 by inviting guest experts in his field to his class via Collaborate. Being able to bring these rich learning opportunities to a classroom is invaluable to the learning process.
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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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Return on Investment

  • Collaborate has had a positive impact on our goals, as it affords our online learners and faculty a place to meet and interact in online courses. It has proven itself more reliable and easier to use, as well as being a more modern option, than tools used in the past. Use of real-time meetings in our online class offerings are likely at an all-time high in part due to Collaborate's implementation.
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October 03, 2016

Blackboard Collaborate: "Collaborate with Ease"

Score 8 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Without Blackboard Collaborate, we would not be able to tutor remotely with our students.
  • Blackboard Collaborate has a positive ROI due to its availability in different mediums and ease of use for many different users.
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June 03, 2016

"Blackboard Collaborate"

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Collaborate is not an inexpensive tool. However, integration into the Blackboard environment is excellent. If you are already a Blackboard school it is easier to integrate and use than other solutions. So, you may save money and time on learning a totally new environment and you will be more familiar with getting support from Blackboard. As a side note, Blackboard provides really good training documentation for Collaborate.
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November 17, 2015

"Blackboard Collaborate creates virtual classroom."

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Because faculty can schedule sessions on-the-fly without IT involvement, they are able to accomplish goals that they plan for weeks in advance as well as impromptu goals that come up at a moments notice.
  • Integration with the campus Learning Management Systems provides quick and easy scheduling of sessions that can be joined easily by students in those courses.
  • Scheduling of meetings can also be done through the web interface directly which enables administrative departments not associated with courses in the learning management system to also schedule meetings not affiliated with courses.
  • On-campus users can schedule meetings without outside participants by sending an open "guest link" URL that allows users to participate despite not having an account within the system iteself.
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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.

Blackboard Collaborate Technical Details

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Mobile Application:No