Blackboard Collaborate Reviews

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Rita Wheeler profile photo
Score 5 out of 10
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  • Able to broadcast classes to remote areas of the state.
  • We are able to have meetings across our campuses without traveling to the home campus.
  • Students are more successful in the classrooms because they can review recorded live lectures.
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Score 7 out of 10
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  • 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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Score 7 out of 10
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  • 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
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Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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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Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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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Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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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Mallory Rice profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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

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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Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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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Score 7 out of 10
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  • 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

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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Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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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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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Score 10 out of 10
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  • Allows for increased participation across the organization by eliminating the need to travel.
  • Opens communication to outside resources.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

High quality audio (25)
5.4
High quality video (25)
5.3
Low bandwidth requirements (24)
3.7
Mobile support (5)
2.3
Desktop sharing (25)
6.5
Whiteboards (25)
6.9
Calendar integration (10)
10.0
Meeting initiation (18)
6.6
Integrates with social media (5)
8.2
Record meetings / events (24)
7.8
Slideshows (7)
7.8
Live chat (25)
8.2
Audience polling (23)
8.2
Q&A (7)
8.2
User authentication (18)
6.4
Participant roles & permissions (23)
6.8
Confidential attendee list (13)
6.6

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