This tutorial will walk you through the steps for creating a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session, providing a link to the session anywhere you'd like inside your Blackboard course, and using the basic features including chat, moderating the participants, sharing your screen, and recording the session.
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Log in to Blackboard. Navigate within Blackboard to your course.
Inside your course, look under Course Management on the left side. Click to expand Course Tools.
Click on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
Click Create Session. Give your new session a name by typing it in the New Session field.
Choose a start date and time and end date and time using the dropdown menus.
It's a good idea to allow students to enter the room a little early so the default of "15 min before start time" under the Early Entry menu is good how it is.
Expand the Session Settings to determine what Participants can and cannot do in the room. Leave the default attendee role as Participant.
Determine if Participants can share audio, share video, post chat messages, and draw on the whiteboard/files by unchecking the box next to an option if you want an option disabled. Students will enter the room as Participants and will be muted until they unmute themselves.
Copy the Guest link and click Save.
Navigate to the folder inside your Blackboard course where you would like students to find the link to the Collaborate Ultra session.
Hover over Build Content. Click on Web Link.
Enter a name for your link. Paste the URL you copied earlier into the URL field. Click Submit.
The link will appear in the folder you chose. This is where the students will click to enter the session.
Work through the options to set up and test your camera and microphone.
You are muted when you enter the room. Click on the microphone symbol at the bottom to unmute yourself when you’re ready for the students to hear you. You can mute yourself again at any time by clicking on the microphone symbol.
Click on the purple arrows on the right side to open the Collaborate panel.
If you need to mute just one Participant, you can do that by clicking on the circle with three dots inside of it next to their name then click Mute. You cannot unmute them directly though. If you want to unmute a Participant, click next to their name then click on Promote to Presenter. Once a Presenter, you can click again to demote them back to Participant.
Here is an example of the whiteboard.
Here is an example of sharing a single Chrome tab.
Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.
You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.