Bb Collaborate Ultra Soft-Release
New version of Collaborate with easier setup!
Soft-release available beginning August 20, 2015
Blackboard recently released Bb Collaborate “Ultra,” a streamlined version of Bb Collaborate that runs directly in your browser without any need to install Java or use a separate launcher. So far, users have almost unanimously preferred the new experience, but instructors who rely on breakout rooms, plan management, or certain other features should continue to use the “classic” version for now.
The new tool is enabled on a course-by-course basis and will offer the following enhancements:
- No Java plug-in
- Thoroughly redesigned for a modern user experience
- High definition audio and video
- Application sharing
- Integration with BB Student Mobile (now available in Google Play and the iTunes Store)
Blackboard has put together some helpful guides:
How can I use it?
After August 20, 2015, we can enable Collaborate Ultra on a course-by-course basis. You can switch over some, or all, of your courses by submitting a TeamDynamic service request.
In the meantime, we will enable Collaborate Ultra in all “prep areas,” so that you can get a preview.
Why a soft release?
The new experience does not yet support every feature that’s offered in the classic version. So far, users have almost unanimously preferred the new experience, but instructors who rely on breakout rooms, plan management, or certain other features may continue to use the classic version for now.
TLP is working to create a new workshop/tutorial to assist those faculty who wish to use the Bb Collaborate Ultra version. Please have patience as it was just introduced to us, too!! Keep visiting our TLP website for announcements on the right side of our homepage.