Blackboard Collaborate Reviews

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Becca Guler | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 23, 2018

Blackboard Collaborate- a big step up from Skype

Score 7 out of 10
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Bb Collaborate has educational tools unavailable in Skype or Google Hangouts and is available without the student needing to have an account or log-in information.
The upswing is incredible, with highly interactive video tutoring capabilities. It is also integrated with a tutor and other staff profiles, appointment scheduling and session notes capabilities that are shared across departments, but it was cost-prohibitive for us.
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Joseph Axenroth | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 18, 2017

Collaborate in Education with Blackboard Collaborate (Ultra)

Score 10 out of 10
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Google Hangouts and Skype, while free and easy to use, do not provide the focus on educational settings that Collaborate Ultra does. They also do not provide the features for making a session accessible to attendees.
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Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 05, 2016

Stop! COLLABORATE and Listen!

Score 7 out of 10
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Nearpod does not allow for the same type of synchronous environment that Blackboard collaborate does. Further, Nearpod, as the name suggests is best suited for a face-to-face classroom that is, preferably, one-to-one. While it has some of the same functions as Nearpod, Blackboard collaborate is best suited for remote transmission rather than face-to-face.
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Mallory Rice | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 03, 2016

Blackboard Collaborate -- Great for teaching or being taught!

Score 8 out of 10
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Blackboard collaborate offers so many more features that help make a presentation successful. It offers the option for people to speak or chat at specific times, therefore keeping interruptions at a minimum during classes, but still lets people "raise their hand" should something arise. Skype is much more basic seeming--it allows for chatting, and screen sharing, but I don't know what other features are available. Blackboard Collaborate is well known in education, and for good reason. Skype also tends to be down during busy times, restricting access and potentially postponing meetings.
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Katie Sabourin | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 18, 2015

Blackboard Collaborate - A great fit for the academic setting

Score 9 out of 10
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Blackboard Collaborate is a great fit for an academic setting compared to some of the other products. Its layout is intuitive and user friendly, while providing many advanced features that other tools do not offer.
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Jeremy Bond | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 17, 2015

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

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When Collaborate was chosen, other products investigated included Wimba (a predecessor), Big Blue Button, TinyChat, and others. Collaborate, though requiring a greater financial investment, was superior to other options in essentially all respects. Its integration into our existing LMS is seamless and important in our setting. Furthermore, the recording and access to the recordings likewise integrated into the LMS is another highly desirable feature. Finally, and perhaps most compelling for some, is the vendor-hosting model for Collaborate, which does not require clients to setup or maintain the necessary server and other resources.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 03, 2016

Collaborate with Ease

Score 8 out of 10
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While Skype for Business is nice, it takes a few times to try and get into meetings. Also, Blackboard Collaborate has more tools that allow for the user to write on the whiteboard or on uploaded PowerPoints. Finally, the ability to place people into mini groups and allowing for Q&A and polling is something that makes Blackboard Collaborate superior.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 03, 2016

Blackboard Collaborate

Score 9 out of 10
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Blackboard LMS and Collaborate's integration as well as support from one vendor makes it a first choice if you are already using Blackboard as your LMS.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 17, 2015

Blackboard Collaborate creates virtual classroom.

Score 9 out of 10
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While other products can handle more active participants in a meeting at one time, Blackboard Collaborate has a much simpler and easy-to-use interface that makes it an ideal product for one to many presentations. It integrates fully with multiple learning management systems to allow simply scheduling as well as has a separate front-end to allow for use outside of the LMS.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 26, 2016

Makes a Student's Life much Easier - Improves Communication Skills

Score 8 out of 10
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Blackboard Collaborate is the only program of this kind that I have used so far, therefore I cannot compare against other programs that are alike. But, I would say that I will be using this tool for a long time, because it offers me almost everything that I need as of right now.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 16, 2015

Stop COLLABORATE and listen

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I've other webinar tools like Go to Meeting and Adobe...I would say they are all comparable.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

High quality audio (25)
4.9
High quality video (25)
4.9
Low bandwidth requirements (24)
3.0
Mobile support (5)
1.3
Desktop sharing (25)
6.4
Whiteboards (25)
6.6
Calendar integration (10)
10.0
Meeting initiation (18)
6.5
Integrates with social media (5)
8.2
Record meetings / events (24)
7.6
Slideshows (7)
7.6
Live chat (25)
8.1
Audience polling (23)
8.0
Q&A (7)
8.0
User authentication (18)
6.3
Participant roles & permissions (23)
6.4
Confidential attendee list (13)
6.4

About Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an online, collaborative learning platform well-suited for the education industry and corporate learning needs. It includes features such as screen and application sharing, web conferencing, and integration with Blackboard Learn to provide a complete learning management system (LMS).

Blackboard Collaborate offers a browser-based web conferencing tool to facilitate interaction between instructors and students. It has a classroom chat feature that offers a messaging platform for students to share images, text, audio, and video. It also supports live captioning to meet the accessibility needs for deaf and hard of hearing students with its Blackboard Live Closed Captioning Service feature.

Its interactive Whiteboard feature is used for conducting presentations using PowerPoint slides for engaging multiple participants with a single presentation. However, Whiteboard content can be added or edited directly from Blackboard Collaborate without opening PowerPoint. And despite being browser-based, Blackboard Collaborate does offer some features through its Blackboard Collaborate ™ Mobile app.

Blackboard Collaborate Technical Details

Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No