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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

 
 

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.

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

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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.

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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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Patrick from Smith College
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Good interactive learning management system

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Very much like Moodle, Blackboard is a web-based service that¿s used in both the academic and business environments to help students and employees improve their learning experience. It allows instructor to upload, manager and track progress of each person assigned to their section.

Cons

Doesn't do well with Google apps and it can sometime has glitches that causes pages to crash. There is a learning curve that soem users have sad is a bit long to grasp.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Vanessa from T.Mac Wilder & Associates, LLC

January 2018

January 2018

Very easy to install and send request to join the meeting.

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User friendly software, easy for students to use for a class connect session. It¿s fast connection and being able to chat and allow microphone to speak live with students and parents is simply a joy.

Cons

Sometimes I have to send the link several times before I can get the other person to download and join the meetings.

Review Source: Capterra
 


January 2018

January 2018

I was able to utilize this for many years as a student.

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I loved using Blackboard. I hardly ever had problems with the program. I was able to submit my work onto Blackboard and then I was able to see my scores. At the school I attended we used Blackboard in both online classes and Hybrid and as long as it was checked then there would be no reason you would not know about when due dates were.

Cons

I found that like many online programs that it has its own quirks. I think that Blackboard does a better job then when I first started using the program.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kelly from Educational Institution
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Great Experience

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Love it! Makes online management so easy!

Pros

This was used for a graduate class. It was easy to use and seemed very simple. Everyone using the program seemed to be able to use easily.

Cons

I think a way to improve this program would be to make it easy to use on mobile devices. I remember this being an issue for many users.

Review Source: Capterra
 


January 2018

January 2018

Good for collaborating

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This is a great virtual classroom and we found students are a lot more engaged when and interested in working with others

Cons

Some technical glitches in the past and we were not able to get solutions as fast as we would have hoped

Review Source: GetApp
 

Jennie from Pest control

January 2018

January 2018

Simple to use

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I liked that it was simple to connect and I had no connection issues while using this. I would recommend.

Review Source: Capterra
 


January 2018

January 2018

Great for keeping professionals up to speed

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We have used Blackboard to deliver educational webinars for professionals in order for them to keep up with CEU, CPE and CLE credits. Our audiences never have issues accessing the training(s) and instructors love the functionalities.

Cons

For me, I think the layout could use some dressing up. It was a bit confusing up front, due to the clunky feel but it got easier pretty quickly, as time went on.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Margarita from Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Medicine and Health Sciences

January 2018

January 2018

I work for an Educational institution, and is a great tool to work with other people at other sites.

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Great opportunity to collaborate with the coworkers. To send information, review it and edit it. Saves time of the agenda.

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Great tool for Education, we can collaborate in a private space and have all the information by hand.

Cons

Maybe the amount of space to save information, but not big deal.
If you are a person that is not to technical or not frequently use computer software, could take more time to understand how to use it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Patrick from Kilmore

January 2018

January 2018

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I used this to connect for continuing education hours. Never had an issue while using this program.

Review Source: Capterra
 


January 2018

January 2018

Good solution, not great

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What I most liked is how everyone can work together and talk throughout the discussion groups. Solid tool and makes the burden of doing remote classes seem bearable

Cons

We had times where it lagged and had to restart the session. There are minor annoyances every now and then but still a good solution

Review Source: GetApp
 

Kasey from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Blackboard is great

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The best thing about using blackboard software is honestly that it's a stable platform, unlike my many competitors, their team keeps their software up to date and working. This is one of those things where if it is not functional, end users get super frustrated as they tend to be less tech savvy. Also, if there are any issues, you can be assured that they are there to help.

Cons

Honestly the worst issue is that there are massive amount of software updates. This isn't the worst thing, but the constant changes add a bit to the learning curve.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kathy from Educational Institution

December 2017

December 2017

I have taken classes using this software.

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It depends on how the instructor uses it, but the functionality for videos and lecture items and even an atlas for pictures and descriptions used recently by one of my instructors were great!

Cons

Sometimes the messaging et set up is confusing, especially if you have more that one class. Not sure if this is a function set up by the instructor or if they have the ability to not use it so it doesn't get set up.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jason from Colorado Christian University

December 2017

December 2017

This software needs work

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This is a very powerful software that allows educators to communicate with students very well. The ability to customize and create is awesome.

Cons

The software has many problems, not the least is ongoing issues with notifications not working, students not being able to access sometimes and outages. It seems like a beta product.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sarah from Johnson Jackson LLC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Tool used for class information access.

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Great tool that allows teacher and student to communicate via documents.

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Being able to find documents and upload assignments are features of this software that I appreciate the most.

Cons

Software page layout could use work. Page layout is chaotic and confusing to interact and navigate with.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Boise State University
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

It has been a challenge to support

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It allows us to teach classes online with audio and video.

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I like that it is fully integrated into blackboard. It is fairly easy to setup and assign to a class.

Cons

It has a challenging interface for students to use. It leads to a lot of phone calls asking for help. It is slow to respond in turning on and off mics and cameras.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Keith from Seton Hall
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Pretty good learning tool for what it's designed for

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Helps learn

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I like that you can add so many different modules to it and make the experience more dynamic for all the users

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Sometimes it does feel a bit clunky and messy. Depending on the admin different modules are used in different ways, making it hard to all be on the same page

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2017

October 2017

I have used blackboard as a student.

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I like that Blackboard is very easy to use. Blackboard provides a discussion form for classroom discussion as well as general inquiries.

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Blackboard seems difficult at first to use. However, this is typical of most new software and ease of use becomes easier in time.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ling Ling from Pronoun
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Blackboard Collaborate made online classes much more interactive.

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Interactive classes that could be recorded for replays, if needed. The ability to practice a presentation in a test demo room anytime, instead of going in blind on the day of the presentation. Note that I mainly used this software with my school previously.

Pros

- Ability to break out into private groups while still remaining in the main session.
- Chat system, audio, and video capabilities.
- Able to draw on the screen during presentations.
- Admin can restrict permissions or grant permissions for specific users.
- Ability to receive a recording of the session
- Ability to test demo a room by yourself to practice beforehand.

Cons

It could be laggy sometimes, but not too often (this may have also been due to users' internet speeds). Trying to fast-forward in the records sometimes caused the entire session to start over from the beginning.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Mandy from North Idaho College

September 2017

September 2017

I use this for a class I attend every week

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the ease of joining- I am not tech savvy and I found it quick and easy to use this product. All of the featured buttons are also rather self explanatory.

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When A screen is being shared some key features are lost, such as being able to see who is still in the collaboration with you.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jessica from NIC

September 2017

September 2017

Getting used to it

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Some of the features are nice such as letting the instructor know that I need to leave before signing off.

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It was confusing to begin with. I have been using it for a class this past year and I feel as though I am still not completely comfortable with it and I usually pick up technology pretty quickly.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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