Blackboard Collaborate Reviews

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Becca Guler profile photo
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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Score 10 out of 10
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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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Score 7 out of 10
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I think it's great for online instruction in groups less than 100. I do not feel it is the best option to support a large group. I have seen issues with the software freezing in large groups of 500+.
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Carly Pietrzyk, PhD profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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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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Laura Abercrombie profile photo
Score 7 out of 10
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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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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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Score 10 out of 10
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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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Score 10 out of 10
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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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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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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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Jeremy Bond profile photo
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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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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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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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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Score 9 out of 10
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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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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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Score 10 out of 10
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Blackboard Collaborate is best used to host a live session. While there is the ability to record, I do not think it is a best practice to pre-record sessions then send out a link.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

High quality audio (24)
7.0
High quality video (24)
6.9
Low bandwidth requirements (23)
5.7
Mobile support (4)
8.4
Desktop sharing (24)
6.8
Whiteboards (24)
7.7
Calendar integration (10)
10.0
Meeting initiation (17)
7.4
Integrates with social media (5)
8.2
Record meetings / events (23)
7.9
Slideshows (6)
7.9
Live chat (24)
8.5
Audience polling (22)
8.6
Q&A (6)
8.5
User authentication (17)
7.3
Participant roles & permissions (22)
8.4
Confidential attendee list (12)
8.2

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

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Mobile Application:No