Accessing Collaborate Ultra in Your Blackboard Course

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

It’s now easier than ever to lead virtual classes, office hours, tutoring and mentoring sessions, departmental meetings, tutorial space, student discussions, informal chat, seminars, private or public webinars, and more.

How to locate your virtual classroom on Blackboard


To access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, go to the course on Blackboard you want to use.

 On the main menu, select Virtual Classroom

We recommend that you use Google ChromeTM or Firefox® (versions 49+) for the best experience. Collaborate Ultra works in most web browsers, but the best experience and full functionality use either of the above.

To instantly begin using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, select Join Room to join the dedicated room set up in every Blackboard course.

Collaborate Ultra opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session.

Audio and Video Set up

You must give the browser permission to use audio and video so that you are seen and heard when you participate in a session. You’ll be asked to do this when you first join a session or when you first go to share your audio or video. A wizard will launch to guide you through the steps, although you can access these settings at any stage within the application.

Select Set Up Your Camera and Microphone. (Note: You can also use your phone for audio, although this may incur charges on your phone is not the typical option selected)

Choose the microphone you want to use. Collaborate tells you that you sound great when it is receiving your audio. Select Yes, it’s working to proceed.

Choose the camera you want to use. Collaborate tells you that you look great when it is receiving your video. Select Yes, it’s working to proceed.

By default, you are hidden and muted after you complete the setup. Select the microphone and camera icons to begin full meeting participation.

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