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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a high quality, browser based web conferencing platform built into your Blackboard course. It offers a more collaborative, interactive, and mobile learning experience for you, your instructor and fellow classmates. Your instructor may schedule real time webinars in the course through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Please note, that your instructor controls which tools are available. If this tool is not available, your instructor may have disabled it.

How to Join a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Session

  1. If your instructor has set up a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session for a certain time, you will log into Blackboard within that time frame and click on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on the left hand menu bar as shown in the image below:
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  2. Click on the Name of the session that your instructor has created:
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  3. You will now be entered into the Blackboard Collaborate Session. If this is the first time you have accessed a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session, you will be presented with an orientation tour as shown below:
    welcome note screen shot
  4. After the tour, you will be prompted to set up your microphone and web cam so you can start collaborating as shown in the image below. Be sure to set up your microphone/speakers and web cam.
    after tour message screen shot
  5. You will now join the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra webinar for your course.


Run Blackboard Collaborate Ultra pdf

After joining a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra webinar, there are a number of actions you can perform to actively participate in the webinar provided that the permissions for those actions are enabled by your instructor. Sending chat messages is one of the most common actions that you can perform in the webinar provided that the chat permissions are enabled by your instructor.

  1. Once you have joined a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session, click on the white action arrow at the bottom right corner of the screen.
    Collaborate tab
  2. This will open the chat screen where you can view previous messages sent by other classmates or your instructor.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, type your message in the textbox that reads “Say something…” and press the Enter key on your keyboard to send the chat message.


Using Chat in Collaborate Ultra pdf

Missed a session with your instructor and they have posted a recording?

Here is how to find it.

    1. Click on the menu to get the side menu to pop out.
    2. Select Recordings to see all listed recordings.

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Purple Icon Spinning in the Window?

If you are using other browsers, you may experience this issue. It advised to use Google Chrome or Firefox.

For the best possible experience, use the browser on the private or incognito mode.


Configure Chrome video

Camera or Microphone not working? 

Your browser might be blocking Blackboard Collaborate. Check out the Blackboard.com website for your specific browser for solutions: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant/Support

Issue with Accessing the Room?

  1. Try using Chrome or Firefox browsers.
  2. Make sure your audio and video access permissions are enabled in your browser.
  3. Ensure that third-party cookies are enabled, specifically for learn.humber.ca
  4. If still not working, try them on the private or incognito mode/window.
  5. Check to make sure that any Chrome extensions (such as Privacy Badger etc) that you may have are not blocking Blackboard or Collaborate. Either disable the extension, or similar extensions, or create a rule within the extension granting access to the Blackboard environment.
  6. Double check the time, the session may be over or unavailable at this time.
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