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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Monica from Inspired Bronze
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2018

April 2018

My son uses this for his online schooling

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There needs to be a better way to communicate with the teachers.

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It is a great way to know what is going on in the online line school. Keeps the kids up to date on their assignments

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I wish there was more functionality. If I really want to know what is going on with his schooling, I have to email the teacher and ask. This just gives you the basics of what is going on with the kids schooling.

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JC from Podcast of Basketball
Specialty: Entertainment
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Great collaborative tool

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Great for collaborating with multiple people at once. Super convenient when team members can all be on the same page.

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Not as easily accessible as some other collaborative competitors. It's also not as easy to use as some others.

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Deirdre from Turbo Tax
Specialty: IT/software
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Blackboard Makes Virtual Meetings a Breeze

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Easy to use and it's dependable. It's versatile to the users' needs. I like how I can call in as a conference call to connect. I also love the breakout rooms when you need to speak to someone privately. Recordings are clear.

Cons

I had an issue trying to personalize my room. Like adding my photo. I never accomplished it. There are connection errors a lot

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Qiang from AEchem Scientific Cooperation
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2018

March 2018

A great tool for online courses or web conferences

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I am a part-time graduate student and took several online courses to save commute time. Blackboard Collaborate makes it easy to have a fully-engaged audience without being physically present. You can communicate with the instructor or other students via audio or by typing messages. And it would allow you to record the session so that the students who miss it can have access to it at a later time.

Cons

You will need strong internet connection to make it work well. If the internet slows down, you may get kicked out of BB collaborate. It is not very intuitive and it may require some training before you know how to use it properly.

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Angela from ATS OnDemand
Specialty: IT/software
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Great educational organization software

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Professors should use this software in their teaching. Whether high school or college, it allows them to be open with students and easily send out updates.

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There was some connectivity issues when using the video chat feature when collaborating in a class. The user face could be updated.

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Val from SNHU
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Great LMS

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Very user friendly. Easy to be navigated by students and faculty. Smooth integration with publisher's materials.

Cons

If they can add a delete button on announcements. I copy announcements from previous semester and I would like to see that you can select several announcements to be deleted in one click.

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Brittany from Institution
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Getting use to it

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Like that you can still connect with teachers and students in a course through instant chatting.

Good features

Cons

Although a lot of features are available may take some getting use to if you do not have a technological background.

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Cortney from FLVS
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Science instructor

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The ability to work with my students as I would in the classroom on a “whiteboard” and show the hands on how to complete assignments, even screenshare.

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Tech glitches. The mic goes out, kids get kicked out regularly, anytime I use the video feed eventually the audio slows down and I sound like a chipmunk.

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Nancy from Florida Virtual School
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Black Board Collaborate

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This program is easy to use, the tools are simple and the students can navigate with ease. Loading information is easy as well.

Cons

The ability to record in each room needs to be upgraded, can only record in main room directly from Blackboard.

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Emmanuel from Artech Information Systems, LLC
Specialty: Technology
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Great video conferencing tool!!

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Very efficient and easy to use; it is browser based, so there is not a need to download. Features to add files are very beneficial and I am a fan of the whiteboard feature that allows for real-time interaction.

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Sophia from HCSD
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

I really like this product and would highly recommend it to those in distance education.

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I like the ease of use and a number of ways to have the audience interact with the speaker. Favorite feature is being able to pull up a webcam.

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I like that you can record the session, but the biggest drawback is not being able to record in breakout rooms.

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

October 2017

October 2017

Great software for online schooling, but has limitations

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I love that I can control who types, who can speak, and who can use the video function. I do wish that I could change the name of a student who logs in. If they log in with their name spelled incorrectly, they have to log out and log back in, whereas in our old software (Elluminate!) I could edit participant names.

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate makes it simple for me to attend online meetings and meet virtually with my students across the state of Florida. I can easily upload PowerPoint slides, play videos, and distribute files.

Cons

The Exception Errors are pretty common - sometimes I get booted out or my software freezes. It seems like the higher the attendance, the more likely these errors are.

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Cortney from FLVS
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

September 2017

September 2017

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I like that they don't try to update it every two days. Typically with updates come new issues that slow down the process of student learning to deal with technical issues.

Cons

I have students who only own Apple computers, they cannot copy and paste in collaborate without having to go through additional steps. To ask a 6th grader to complete that is like asking them to perform brain surgery. In addition, although it is "tablet friendly" students on tablets cannot write on the "whiteboard", or have the same functions as students on computers. This also slows down learning. It ends up being me trying to teach a lesson, and then having to rewrite on the "whiteboard" what the student has written in the chat box so that when the file is saved their work/words show up.

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

March 2017

March 2017

Easy to use

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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.

Recommendations

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.

 
 
 
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April 2018

April 2018

We use this for synchronous communication with students

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It helps us scale our sync programs.

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The new mobile component is great and makes it easy. The chipmunking it performs to help slow users catch up is really positive. The polling and other tools are great also.

Cons

This tool is ok for zoom like calls, but it struggles for calls with more than 7 people. It's hard to see everyone in the screen (thumbnails) which is a program requirement for some of our schools.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Skye from Nike

April 2018

April 2018

Not the best.

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When it actually works like it is suppose to it is easy to navigate. The discussion board is nice to have.

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Does not work well at all on my Mac. Had to install it on my laptop. It still glitches and crashes all the time.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

Blackboard can sometimes be hard to navigate

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I like that you can attend classes online through blackboard. It is easy to discuss items with instructors as well as with other classmates. It is also easy to complete quizzes and tests.

Cons

What I didn't care much for in blackboard were the module functions. I found them hard to navigate at times. I am not sure if this is something to do with the software itself or the individual instructors that set them up.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ryan from Soccer Instruction Academy

April 2018

April 2018

Great for students

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I enjoy the capabilities of this software. I used this platform while enrolled in school and we heavily relied on the grading, scheduling breakdown, and messaging.

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I believe adding a planner to the platform would greatly benefit students. Should investigate this option.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Comprehensive LMS for the enterprise

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one of the best learning management systems for the enterprise category. we have been using blackboard for most of our learning needs from creation to authoring to sharing and administration.

Cons

The saas model is not very successful the product is heavy in terms of initial setup and usage. also some features which increase collaboration are not yet available, can be improved. Gamification needs to setup.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Blackboard is widespread but terrible

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Giant, bulky learning management programs try to do too much and do none of it well. Blackboard is no exception.

Cons

Similar programs are ubiquitous, so you need to know about them and students' and administrators' familiarity may make your life easier sometimes than trying to roll your own edtech setup.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Great conferencing tool at school

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Easy and to use. Anyone can figure out how to jump in and utilize this platform on their own. I enjoy using this as a student.

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I've experienced some slowness when logging into a course with a large group of people. Little bit of lag.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sean from Geek Uprising

March 2018

March 2018

Not reliable

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I was invited to a business meeting using a Blackboard Collaborate link. The whiteboard functionality is great, and it was an easy way for us to notate ideas and share files in real time.

Cons

The software kept freezing up while we were in the meeting and the audio would get delayed. I tried using multiple computers and ultimately we switched to my Skype account as we couldn't get down to business with the Blackboard room.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Deborah from Rational Software
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Blackboard is a must for a modern learning work environment.

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The most important part of this program is its web conferencing feature ,which gives us access to functionalities needed to support a modern teaching and learning work environment, such as 2 way VoIP, built-in phone conferencing,multi-point video,rich media ,mobile collaboration , interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, breakout rooms, and session recording.

Cons

Blackboard is restrictive in terms of the file formats, we are able to play. Also there is the tendency for text boxes and some dialogue components within the Blackboard framework to suddenly malfunction.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ad from Startship

March 2018

March 2018

Not a great LMS option

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I've had to use it as adjunct faculty at a few universities, the only good part is it looks the same at every university that has it.

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I don't really like anything about this product. Students literally groan when I ask them about Blackboard. The interface is clunky and hard to use, there are a lot of bugs that cripple the user experience, and the company hasn't evolved since the product was launched.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jennie from Pest control

March 2018

March 2018

Easy to use. Flawless

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I have used blackboard collaboration for classroom training. Easy to connect and no interruptions during uses.

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I Had just a little trouble connecting the first time other than that I have had no problems whatsoever.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jennifer from Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships

March 2018

March 2018

Easy to use and interactive

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Easy and reliable. I am able to see what my teacher is teaching without any glitches or issues. I have liked this product so far.

Cons

A couple times it has taken a little bit to load. When I started using it, I had to get used to the functionality of it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mike from Clearlink

March 2018

March 2018

Great customer support, terrible software.

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I had to call into customer support multiple times and all of the representatives i interacted with were friendly and courteous.

Cons

Blackboard lacks overall organization and has a very out-dated feel to the entirety of the software.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Carlos from Grupo Deso Negocios Inmobiliarios

March 2018

March 2018

It's good, but when it's used at slow Internet speeds it has flaws with the image

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When I couldn't make it to a meeting this solve the problem for a lot of people to watch the presentation online.

Pros

The feature to switch between the camera of the orator and the presentation is very useful. When several people are in the chat there is an option to "rise your hand" in order to give orderly turns.

Cons

It takes a lot of time to connect to the sesion, and when used at slow Internet speeds it has flaws with the image and sound.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Blackboard Collaborate for University Use

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Online education has come such a long way. Hopefully with new technology Blackboard can continue to improve.

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Blackboard has brought Online education to the forefront. It has made it easier for students and teachers to connect remotely. This provides an increase of flexibility for both instructor and pupil.

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There have been times that Blackboard is down or won't work with a certain computer that have caused issues. Occasionally the entire platform would freeze. There are also Bandwidth issues to deal with that I wish could be easier. I'm not sure how Blackboard could support with the data being transferred but would be wonderful if the connection could be improved at times.

Review Source: Capterra
 

AMY from Kiddie Clubhouse Child Care LLC.

March 2018

March 2018

Use it for online education

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I love how easy it is to use. I love how as a teacher, I have total control of the blackboard and can turn on and off features for my students.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kyley Shinead from Genesys
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Was super helpful in college.

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This made managing my classes in college super simple. Kept everything in one place so I didn't have to separately managed each of my classes.

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Whe I used it the breadcrumb navigation left a little to be desired. it appears they've since redesigned though so it may no longer be an issue.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Anna from APLPC

March 2018

March 2018

This makes it so easy to have private or group conferences with invitees.

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It is very easy to use; the invitation process works through email and is a self explanatory process to follow.

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The only trouble I ran into was having to install flash player in order to do the video part once inside the classroom.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Esther from Northern Ohio District Church of the Brethren
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

We use Blackboard Collaborate at home for my child's online schooling.

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I love being able to have a meeting with multiple people at once and not have to leave my home. It saves on unnecessary drive time and gas expenditures.

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate is an efficient way to have a meeting with multiple people. It allows for interactive communication and the ability to share a screen; therefore, all users are able to be looking at the same document, file, etc. Without having to leave my home, I can have a conference with my child's education team all at the same time - with the ability to see work samples, assessments, and important documents.

Cons

While I am used to it now, it was not as user friendly as I would have hoped the first time I used it. It took several minutes to jump through a few different screens, and there were sounds that I did not know what they represented.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jared from Silver Palm Productions

February 2018

February 2018

Blackboard feels like it is stuck in the early 2000s at the latest, 2009.

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Nothing really. I mean functionally, it works. And it actually works rather quickly and reliably, which is a positive.

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It really doesn't do anything. The UI is gross, or not too gross but functionally limited and difficult to figure out. The feature-set is small and confusing to the average user. Canvas is a far better product, and even that is not "great."

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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