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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra promotes a depth and breadth to the online teaching and learning experience. The use of Collaborate Ultra tools for either synchronous or asynchronous content delivery is yet another way to teach to different intelligences and learning styles.

Collaborate Ultra is a synchronous, virtual classroom. Its features include the use of audio, video, chat, polling, interactive whiteboard, and content-sharing tools-all designed to make the online classroom experience as robust as possible. Every session may be recorded for future review/reuse.

Collaborate Ultra is now browser-based, which ensures ease in entering a session. Gone are the days of downloading a launcher!

Note that Collaborate Ultra is best used in a wired environment as it can be bandwidth-intensive, depending on what features are used. If you are an instructor, it is highly recommended you make it a practice to be connected via Ethernet cable.

Refer to the ITG blog post Introducing Collaborate Ultra for a video tour.

Accessing Collaborate Ultra

Students (participants): There are three ways to join a session, which is created by your instructor. Depending on how your instructor has set up access, you can:

  • The most common way to join a session is from inside your Drexel Learn course.  Just click on the link to open your Collaborate Ultra session.
  • If your instructor sends you a link to a Collaborate Ultra session, just click on the link to bring you to the session. You will be prompted to enter your name prior to entering the session.
  • If you want or need to use your smartphone, just download the Blackboard app (watch the introductory video) and get to Collaborate Ultra in your course inside the app.

Blackboard has many resources for you in its Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Participants page.

Instructors (moderators): You create Collaborate Ultra sessions inside of Blackboard Learn. You might want to consider disabling the default Course Room, as students might be confused and enter that room rather than a room you set up for a specific session. Refer to Blackboard's Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Moderators page for comprehensive information about creating and managing Collaborate Ultra sessions. Consider attending a Collaborate Ultra workshop offered by the Instructional Technology Group as well.

Audio and Video Setup

You must give your browser permission to use audio and video in a session. You can do this at any time under My Settings in the Collaborate panel, or you will be prompted to do so either when you enter a session or when you attempt to participate using audio and/or video. For more information, refer to Collaborate Ultra's Use Audio and Video page.

Presenting in Collaborate Ultra

Use Google Chrome or Firefox if you are going to be presenting in Collaborate Ultra; at this time, they are the only browsers that fully support all of Collaborate Ultra's features.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Videos

For further information, you can view helpful videos on Blackboard's YouTube channel.


Contact the Instructional Technology Group at 215-895-1224 or