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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – FAQs

Do I need software?

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra works on your web browser – you do not need to install software.

What web browser should I use?

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra works on the most recent versions of the following web browsers (note it does not work on IE11):

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

Full details of supported browsers/OS are available for staff and for students.

Make sure you have a good internet connection (wired where possible).

I’m a member of staff, how do I access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?

If you have access to a module or organisation on Minerva, you already have access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Read the Getting Started on Collaborate Ultra guide to find out more. You can add a link to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra in your module for students to access.

The first time you use it, the system takes you through an audio check – it’s a good idea to do this in advance of your session.

Are the sessions recorded?

Not by default. Staff can record them – information on how to record is in our Collaborate Ultra guide. Recordings do not appear in the Media menu item like lecture captures do. Staff need to provide a link to the recordings.

A comprehensive list of FAQs aimed at staff is available if you need to find out more.

 

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, via the online contact form, or itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk.

 

Introducing Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Following our summer upgrade, we have upgraded the web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate to the new and improved Ultra experience.

The Ultra tool makes it easier than ever to host online interactive sessions within your module. It includes audio, video, text chat, an interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint display, application sharing, breakout rooms, live closed captioning, polling and session recording.

What’s different about Ultra?

Unlike Collaborate Classic, the Ultra experience entirely takes place on the web browser, therefore there’s no need to download a launcher.

Ultra will adjust accordingly for your internet connection speed, so even if you have a poor connection, you can continue to participate in a session.

For the best experience, use Chrome or Firefox as your browser, which allow application sharing.

Each module and organisation has an Ultra room which is always available as long as the module or organisation is available. You can set up individual sessions within these rooms, and provide students with a link in your module.

Lastly, the new Presenter role allows students to present in Collaborate Ultra without giving them full Moderator privileges. They are able to upload and share content, and raise or lower hands to facilitate questions and answers.

How do I start using Collaborate Ultra?

For further help on how to get started using Collaborate Ultra, visit our help pages for step by step guides.

Alternatively, join in on one of the web based sessions hosted by OD&PL which give a brief introduction to the tool. You can book via this link.

If you’d like to ask a question about Collaborate Ultra, there are also 3 drop in sessions scheduled for support and advice.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 15:00 to 16:00
Tuesday, November 07, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00 to 13:00

You don’t need to book onto these – simply click on this link to join to room at the time and date that suits you.

Online collaboration tips

The Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom was launched earlier this academic year. It includes audio, video, text chat, an interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint display, application sharing, breakout rooms, polling, quizzes and session recording.

Whether you are new to Collaborate and want some ideas on what can be achieved, or are an existing a user in need of some inspiration, read our collection of example setup scenarios focusing on student led sessions, access for external speakers, virtual office hours and cross module rooms.

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/staff/collab/collaborate/rooms/setups/

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk.