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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Hannah from David's Harp Foundation
Specialty: Nonprofits
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2018

June 2018

New school!

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So easy to use and a great resource for students and tool for teachers!

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I have used blackboard since high school and it only gets better. I love how customizable it is for every teacher and how easy it is for students to use!

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I have run into multiple glitches when teachers update information and there is a delay for students.

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Scott from Zon Generation Ltd.
Specialty: Professional services
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2018

June 2018

For companies with remote employees, this is a great training and collaboration resource

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We are a small company with employees stationed in home offices in several cities. The teaching and collaboration features of Blackboard Collaborate are very helpful in ensuring we are up to date with our training requirements for service delivery.

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The call quality can vary and users have sometimes been dropped without any explanation. This has happened on several occasions.

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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

May 2018

May 2018

Blackboard Collaborate is easy to use!

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Blackboard Collaborate is super easy to use in teaching students. Students are apprehensive at first but the tools are simple to use and they are comfortable after a short time. Fun to use as a teaching tool. Used for meetings as well, interactive.

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Had some concerns with recording sessions and hsd to use main room to record. Figured out how to record in breakout room so all is well.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 
 
 
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Alish from Steward Health Care

May 2018

May 2018

Great tool for students in online classes

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Blackboard makes homework assignments and collaborating on projects really easy. The platform is easy to use and not overly complicated

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You are able to connect with your professors through the software but I normally choose email over blackboard because its easier and they check email more often

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Rebecca from University at Buffalo

May 2018

May 2018

Blackboard Collaborate is an overall good program, with a few frustrating problems.

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Collaborate is very user friendly. There is a text chat feature which can be used at the same time as the video, which is great. There is a function to create breakout groups, which is useful when working in large groups.

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Collaborate is prone to tech issues. Users are frequently dropped from chats, without warning. Some of the features available on a computer are not available on an iPad (such as the feature to exit a breakout group and return to the main room). It would be nice if functionality was consistent between platforms.

Review Source: Capterra
 


May 2018

May 2018

Only used as a presenter, but based on presenting on multiple other webinar platforms, disappointing

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The overall experience to login was generally good and smooth. Once logged in, I never had an issue and neither did the other guests. The sharing components and chatting were adequate.

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My host had multiple issues staying on, but the guests were still able to hear. I found the controls to be a little less than intuitive. Overall met the biggest demands for a webinar platform, but the user interface felt dated and made me wonder how the screen would look on different sizes such as a phone or tablet.

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Tony from Labor Value Rx

May 2018

May 2018

Made it easy to collaborate with groups members on projects/assignments and hit deadlines

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Being able to access course information on the fly, all online

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The ability to join forces online with fellow groups members on a specific project or task, and work together within the platform to finish our tasks by the deadline.

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Video wouldn't always work, seemed like the IT department was the place to go for all issues and they didn't always have a full handle on how portions of Blackboard itself worked.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Courtney from ChamberRVA
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Business training tool for a medium-sized company

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Easy training for the new company. Online training.

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Blackboard makes it easy to get trained for a new job or improvements in the company. For my company, we had to do a sales training and blackboard made it easy and quick for me to get it done while I was away from work.

Cons

Some of the sections in the program can be confusing because of each of the training can differ depending on what the subject is. I wish it was more consistent.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Leila from Software AG

May 2018

May 2018

Used blackboard collaborate in school for online collaboration for our classroom.

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I like the ability to use whiteboards and share content. I found that very helpful in courses that had group work.

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It is really just for the educational sector. It doesn't necessarily translate as well outside of a academic setting.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

Good collaboration tool for teachers and students

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Very useful for connecting with other students and the professor. Simple to use to turn in homework.

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Required a lot of maintenance so it was down quite a bit when we needed access to our documents. Good when it was up of course.

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Ben from Oikon Stewardship Solutions

April 2018

April 2018

A lot or promise, but classrooms need to change for this to be that useful.

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This software extends learning beyond the bounds of a normal classroom, and opens up opportunities for new forms of learning.

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Blackboard Collaborate is accessible from most device types, which is helpful when dealing with larger classrooms, and and technically-challenged professors. The platform is also accessible for students with language and physical needs, which really extends the lecture opportunities in ways not really available in a real classroom. Also, unlike some other LMS programs, Blackboard Collaborate doesn't try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to features and user interaction. Much of the functionality feels similar to existing and common software that users will likely be familiar with, so the learning curve is not steep.

Cons

Blackboard Collaborate can be slow, awkward, and suffers from the same sort of limitations as other digital conferencing tools. Yes, there are features not dependent on real-time, two-way communication, and it can function without all users on board, but it can't replace many normal lecture/class use cases. That means that educators and administrators have to think of new curriculum and instruction plans just to use the software. This is not so much a technical fault as it is just a limitation of the concept.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

I use blackboard as a student for online courses.

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This tool is great for engaging in online classes. The lesson can be live or saved and watched later which is great for studying. The chat feature is simple and easy to use.

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Blackboard is not the best learning platform. Connecting with teachers has to be done separately from the platform and there are always connectivity issues.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

Collaboration

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This is amazing for sharing with others and collaborating with members of the team to get everyone involved.

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This should have easier ways to invite people you know to collaborate with you. A referral code would be good.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Courtney from Southwest solutions

April 2018

April 2018

I used this program while I was in my bachelors program and my masters program.

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I like that you have the ability to connect with your classmates and professors. It made it easy to work on group projects with everyone's busy schedules.

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This software seemed to be down a lot. I understand that maintence needs to happen, but it became inconvenient.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Rafael from Serna Construction, Inc.

April 2018

April 2018

Easy to use!

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Used this software apart of blackboard while going to school. It was easy to connect once invited by an instructor and made screen sharing easy. Connection issues and lag were mainly due to internet connectivity.

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User interface seemed a little dated but nothing to cause not using the software over. Overall it was good and easy to use.

Review Source: Capterra
 


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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
 
 
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