Blackboard Collaborate Software


 

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution designed primarily for elementary and high schools, higher education and government facilities.

Blackboard Collaborate offers a browser-based web conferencing tool to facilitate interaction between instructors and students. It has a classroom chatter feature that offers a chatting platform for students to share text, audio and video content.

The interactive whiteboard feature displays PowerPoint slides for engaging multiple participants with a single presentation. Whiteboard content can be added or edited directly from Blackboard Collaborate without opening PowerPoint.

Users can personalize their profiles with pictures, videos and other content to facilitate communication. Blackboard Collaborate allows users to share PowerPoint and PDF files with classes without any additional software required.

The solution can be integrated with Blackboard Learn to provide a complete learning management system (LMS).

 

Blackboard Collaborate - Whiteboard
 
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Whiteboard
    Whiteboard
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Chat tool
    Chat tool
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Create profile
    Create profile
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Share annotations
    Share annotations
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Mobile interface
    Mobile interface
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Home
    Home
Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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Nancy from Florida Virtual School
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Blackboard Collaborate use in Middle School

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Easy to load presentations, tools are easy to use. Students are able to navigate easily after reviewing prelared direction slides.

Cons

Sometimes system will lock up, freeze everything up. This has happened to other teachers as well. I wish there was a easier way to record lessons.

 
 

Abigail from Florida State University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

March 2017

March 2017

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Blackboard is easy to use for students and professor, it's nice to have all of our classes and information located on one platform.

Cons

Our school sometimes shuts down Blackboard or has an outage, I'm not sure if this is the fault of FSU or Blackboard

 
 

Krendon from Towne Park
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

March 2017

March 2017

The experience was productive

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It functioned. Used when I attended ACC and the software always worked as expected. It was a reliable platform as I remember.

Cons

None come to mind. I remember it being useable on all my computers and I could log on to do homework without issues.

 
 

Virginia from Enth Degree
Specialty: Advertising
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Blackboard Learning

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Ability to consolidate wide variety of subject information. Easy to use and notification service helpful.

Cons

Social messaging feature not wonderful. Interface needs better user design with improved streamlining and user experience required.

 
 

Kenton from Texas a&M unniversity
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

March 2017

March 2017

Good but nothing special

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Its a good software for college but its usefulness depends on how much the instructor and institution invests in it so if a teacher doesn't update it its not that useful.

 
 

Michael from Tribeca Flashpoint College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

March 2017

March 2017

It works

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It's is very easy to implement and use. It add into our LMS with out any issues and is a one click solution to live classes and office hours

Cons

It can confuse students at times with it's interface. I do think it could be easier to find where recordings are when there are created.

 
 

Donna from FL Virtual School
Specialty: Education

September 2016

September 2016

Blackboard Collaborate is a good tool for virtual meetings

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I like that Blackboard Collaborate allows users to access the meetings via desktop, laptop, and mobile device. I also like that users can create their own rooms and breakout rooms within the main session.

Likes Least

I don't like that users who access the meetings from mobile device have limited abilities to use the tools within the session. I feel as though a mobile device would make it easier to use the whiteboard tools and options, but they are completely shut down for participants who attend via a mobile device.

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Blackboard Collaborate has many good features, including sharing PowerPoint Presentation, Web tours, videos, etc. It is outstanding when on a laptop or desktop, but it is only average on a mobile device.

 
 

Cortney from FLVS
Specialty: Education

September 2016

September 2016

Blackboard collaborate in FLVS

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I love that students are able to use the mic and be involved. In addition the Powerpoint transfer makes it REALLY easy to create lessons. I think that's my favorite part.

Likes Least

Being dropped from the room, not being able to have a large amount of slides/rooms/and participates without the room dropping everyone out.

Recommendations

Being able to have separate rooms support more files and participants. Being able to record in each individual break out rooms.

 
 

Nancy from Florida Virtual School
Specialty: Education

September 2016

September 2016

Blackboard for projects and live lessons

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Likes Best

Easy to use and add new objects. Students enjoy being in blackboard and enjoy using the tools offered to students.

Likes Least

Internet issues can be experienced. If too many students on in rooms, can freeze up.

Recommendations

Add larger storage and user availability. It would be great to have the ability to add lots of rooms in a session and load a variety of slides to be used by students. I am not sure if it an issue on the "school website" or a blackboard concern.

 
 

Lauren from Florida Virtual School
Specialty: Education

August 2016

August 2016

I've been using this for years, and love it, but it has major issues

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Blackboard Collaborate is such a great option for online teachers. We use it to meet with students and present lessons live on the computer. I use it weekly. It is seamlessly integrated with PowerPoint.

The features are neat - you have lots of controls as a moderator. You can allow students to speak, use video cameras, type, draw, add pictures to the whiteboard, etc. You can set how many students can be speaking at once. You can mute them by taking away tools. You can create breakout rooms. You can play all sorts of media. You can remove students who are not behaving. You can lock the room or allow attendees in late. I've met with anywhere from 1 to 700 participants.

You can make permanent forcing slides and make sure that students can't do anything without a teacher being present, but there are downsides to those functionalities as well.

The app is really great. It is limited, and simple, but I've never had a problem with it.

Likes Least

The major thing I dislike is the "exception error" that I get CONSTANTLY. Basically, BBC can only handle so much data. Because it can't tell which participant needs what, it actually has to save and stream anything within a certain time period and send that out to everyone in the room. So, it really bogs the room down. It is just saving a TON of data at any given time. We've had to create separate rooms for back to back sessions instead of hosting them in the same room for this reason. It'll give an exception error if you try to do too much with too many people in too small a timeframe.

Don't try to host a session over a wireless hotspot unless you have unlimited data. One session cost me like 2 gigs of data.

Recording can only be done in the main room. If you need to record in a breakout session, you'll have to figure something else out. We use Snagit for breakout room recordings.

The administrator panel is very confusing. I'm really tech savvy and I have a hard time navigating. It is definitely not intuitive when it comes to setting up new rooms and adding moderators.

The permanent forcing slides are good. No issues there. However, what a pain to set up -- it just makes no sense. I wish it was easier to figure out how to do that.

Recommendations

We've tried several and BBC seems to be the best. With any product, there is no such thing as perfect. I've had experience with 3 different presentation softwares and the other one I liked was Elluminate. Blackboard Collaborate is a good one but I wish it could handle more data. Consider: cost, how many attendees you'll have, how often you'll use it, and what support you'll have.

 
 
 
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Kyle from Learning House, Inc.

July 2017

July 2017

Great for online classes!

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Whiteboard: Professors use this feature to explain topics by drawing some diagrams on the Whiteboard.
Share Documents: This feature is widely used by the professors to share their notes with the class.
Breakout Groups: Professor use this feature to create groups in the class for some tasks.

Cons

Complexity: Some non-technical professors find it difficult to use different features of Blackboard Collaborate.
Video Quality: Some times Blackboard Collaborate provides very poor quality videos even if there is a good internet connection.
Audio-Video Synchronization: In the recordings, the video does not keep up with the audio and you will sometimes see that they are out of sync.

Source: Capterra
 

Kalyn

July 2017

July 2017

A reliable education tool!

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Pros

Blackboard has proven itself through it's longstanding commitment to education and it's work providing a mobile platform for classrooms. This tool has given my professors the flexibility to conduct class remotely.

Cons

There are several newer softwares that provide a bit more bells and whistles however, lack the respected reputation of blackboard.

Source: GetApp
 

Courtney from Health eCareers

June 2017

June 2017

Great tool for college classes.

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Saved time and effort during a busy college life.

Pros

There is so much to keep track of with classes, assignments, grades, etc. and blackboard lets everything stay in one place so students and teachers aren't spending too much time just locating items.

Cons

It can be a little glitchy at times but overall, the pros greatly outweigh the cons for blackboard as a student.

Source: Capterra
 

Luis from Boticario

April 2017

April 2017

User friendly

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Very user friendly, easy to use. Provides many features such as collaborative rooms for distance learning.

Source: Capterra
 

Maciej from St. Laurence High School

April 2017

April 2017

Blackboard review

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Blackboard is easy to use way for teachers to communicate with me, it allows my professors the ability to send important notices and anything they feel might be of importance, Giddy up.

Source: Capterra
 

Jacob from ASU

January 2017

January 2017

Blackboard - Yep, I've Used It

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Honestly, a lot of students hate on Blackboard, but I've never had any major problems with it. It's gaudy and a little slow from time to time, but it works well enough for what it's supposed to do. It could be done better but it could also be done decidedly worse.

Source: Capterra
 

Jaeger from Arizona State University

January 2017

January 2017

Not perfect, but pretty close

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Blackboard expertly walks a very fine line between offering educators too much customization and having the less tech-savvy neglect their Blackboard pages, and offering too little customization and having barebones pages. Besides the cost (which can get a bit hefty for larger organizations but is more manageable at a smaller scale), there are very few actual drawbacks, and though I have not personally interacted with their customer support, by all accounts that I've heard the support is very responsive. The only real competitors that Blackboard has are alternatives like Moodle, which really pale in comparison to organizations of even moderate sizes.

Pros

Very high ease of use, lots of customization options for educators, and everything is integrated into one place, which makes life much easier for both students and educators.

Cons

Assignment submission can be vaguely clunky at times, and the site very occasionally goes down, but these are both just minor nuisances.

Source: Capterra
 

Christopher from K&M Tire

January 2017

January 2017

Are you ready to learn?

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Blackboard is an excellent, simple learning platform that allows you to teach and collaborate. It is a wonderful solution.

Source: Capterra
 

John from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

December 2016

December 2016

Good for college use

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This software was utilized by my college university to maintain our courses and provide a communication line between teachers and students. It worked well enough for our needs.

Source: Capterra
 

Josh from Unlocked Potential

December 2016

December 2016

No complaints

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I use this software in masters degree program to "collaborate" with my classmates. No complaints does what it needs to do.

Source: Capterra
 

Margaret Jane from Limestone College
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Very easy to use, but not always so easy for the students

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I was using this software for a class and I understood how to use it. But then, they did an upgrade over the summer and suddenly I didn't know how to use it or to tell the students how. I figured it out and it is really easy and effective once you do that, but lost time in the class as a result. A better introduction to changes and advance notice would have helped.

Pros

Ease of use. Effective way to have an off-site classroom discussion

Cons

No preparation for planned upgrade or directions on how to use.

Advice to Others

Addressed earlier

Source: Capterra
 

Libby from Siena College

November 2016

November 2016

Best way to organize assignments for classroom

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I used blackboard as a student. I always liked when a teacher would use blackboard to upload assignment, post grades, have PowerPoints available, and even when test and quizzes there.

Pros

Seeing grades posted throughout the semester, referencing resources that teachers posted, and taking quizzes and tests on it. I also appreciated that they worked with group projects to connect with other students in the class and to upload assignments.

Cons

It would crash every so often, not enough to make a huge deal about it.

Source: Capterra
 

Kelly from UMass Amherst
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

November 2016

November 2016

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As a student, I use blackboard daily for my courses, I find it simple to navigate, however sometimes the layout of the documents and work is confusing and often times not aesthetically pleasing.

Pros

Great for student and teacher interaction as well as inter student discussion,

Source: Capterra