Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate

Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate’s web conferencing tool gives you the functionality you need to support online, synchronous meetings including two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording all within your Blackboard courses. See Blackboard Web Conferencing for instructions on getting started.


Blackboard offers a series of two-hour workshops on the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing tool. Click on a checkmark to watch a session in either a Blackboard Collaborate session or as an MP4 video.

Blackboard Collaborate Essentials: Web Conferencing  
Beyond the Basics: Web Conferencing
Putting it all Together Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
Before and After Web Conferencing with Plan & Publish Workshop
Effective Uses of Additional Content Tools


Advanced Content Tools
Blackboard Instant Messaging

The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is a utility for Windows and Mac. It provides a convenient and reliable way for you to launch your Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings. When you click Join Room on the Room Details page or a recording link in the Recordings table, Blackboard Collaborate checks to see if you have the launcher installed. If you do not, Blackboard Collaborate prompts you to download it.

When the launcher is installed, clicking a session or recording link triggers the download of a .collab file. The launcher uses this file to launch Blackboard Collaborate using a known and stable version of Java. Because the launcher includes the required Java, you do not need to install and maintain the system version of Java.

To learn more, open our Collaborate Knowledge Base and search for "launcher". You will find helpful articles and FAQs.”

Instant Messaging

Blackboard Instant Messaging (Blackboard IM) enables registered users to instantly connect with students and colleagues by working with Blackboard to automatically populate a list of that user's courses and students. Beyond regular chat tools, you may also use the whiteboard for demonstrations, hold office hours, ask a student a question, video chat with students or colleagues, and much more. See Blackboard Instant Messaging for instructions on downloading and setting up an account.

Blackboard Collaborate Support

For more information about Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing and Blackboard IM, please visit Blackboard Collaborate On-Demand Learning Center. Contact Blackboard Collaborate Technical Support with any issues. The Center for Distance Education and UTA Help Desk CANNOT assist with BB IM login issues.