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Bb CollaborateBlackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a true virtual classroom, where you can share PowerPoints, lecture, allow students to ask questions, video conference, take polls, and interact as a class or in small groups. Sessions can be archived for future viewing and reviewed by students. We recommend using Collaborate for synchronous, virtual classroom sessions, group work, and office hours.

Collaborate Update May 2015: Blackboard Collaborate Default Room Change

Start Here

  • Placing a Bb Collaborate Link in the Course Main Menu (recording, 3 min | PDF)
  • Creating a Bb Collaborate Session (recording, 4 min | PDF)
  • Getting Started for Moderators (PDF)
  • Loading PowerPoint File (PDF)
  • Audio Setup Wizard (PDF)
  • Using the Whiteboard (PDF | recording, 5 min)
  • Introduction to the Participants Panel (PDF)
  • Using the Audio & Video Panel (PDF)
  • Using Chat (PDF)
  • Orientation for Moderators (recording, 11 min)



  1. Get hands-on, face-to-face training from our Collaborate experts! To see the next training opportunity and to register, visit RTS.
  2. Visit Blackboard On Demand Learning Center.
  3. Blackboard also offers an excellent asynchronous course which will teach you everything you need to know to moderate a class session in Collaborate. The course will take several hours to complete, but can be finished at your own pace. You will need to register via Blackboard's Learning Center.
    • Visit Blackboard's On Demand Learning Center and scroll to "FREE ONLINE TRAINING"
    • Click “Sign Up Now”
    • Next to “Blackboard Collaborate: Getting Started” click on “Add to Cart”
    • The course will appear on the left under “My Courses.” The $0.00 shows this course is offered for free.
    • Click the “Checkout” button.
    • Most likely you will need to create a new account (your Regent account will not work). Go ahead and do so where it says “Click Here to create a new account.”
    • Complete the account registration.
    • Click “yes” to agree to legal terms and hit “submit.”
    • You will receive an email confirmation.
    • Go to and sign in (with your new username and password) to access the course.


Reference Guides

  • Collaborate Essentials PowerPoint slides (PDF)
  • Using the Polling Feature Wizard (PDF)
  • Using Application Sharing (PDF | recording, 3.50 min)
  • Using Web Tour (PDF | recording, 2.37 min)
  • Using Telephony (PDF)
  • Getting Started with Recordings (PDF)
  • Moderator's Guide (online)
  • Top Ten Habits of Highly Effective Moderators (PDF)
  • Putting it All Together Workbook (PDF)
  • Beyond the Basics Manual (PDF)


Call CTL for additional help or information at x4308