Blackboard Collaborate Software


122 reviews(4.0/5)
122 reviews(4.0/5)

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).

Supported Operating System(s):
Web browser (OS agnostic)

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  • Richard from Amarillo College

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Blackboard Collaborate

    Ease-of-use
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    The ability to hold virtual meetings for business as well as academics is great. Our instructors love using Collaborate for virtual office hours and our HR department uses it for job interviews and board meetings. Great program.

    Pros

    Ease of use and integration into Blackboard courses with the additional capability of use outside of the LMS. The ability to hold virtual meetings for business as well as academics is great. Our instructors love using Collaborate for virtual office hours and our HR department uses it for job interviews and board meetings. Great program.

    Cons

    The compatibility with browsers other than Chrome has caused issues for faculty in the past. It is our understanding that Collaborate is made specifically for Chrome, which is not everyone's browser of choice.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ian from Walgreens

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Great tool for education!

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    The benefits from this is that there is no longer an obstacle between students learning and professors teaching, it can be done from the comfort of home thanks to this software!!!

    Pros

    How it helps expand teaching beyond the classroom.

    Cons

    Connectivity issues due to software glitches can happen but they don't occur frequently.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    August 2018

    Easy to use

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    Pros

    Easy to use even for my 7 year old! I love the updated version.

    Cons

    It's not compatible with mobile devices.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Yvonne from West Texas A&M University

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2018

    Save money, use Bb Collaborate

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    Once my computer was upgraded, I had an 7 year old computer previously, all of my issues went away.

    Pros

    I like that this is already a tool in Blackboard and that I don't have to go outside of the LMS to hold a video conference. This saves us time and money so we don't have to buy or train on an outside tool.

    Cons

    I don't like that it only works well in Chrome. Also, you have to have a fast computer to hold a session. I was using a dated computer at one point and it kept dropping the session. But if you can remember to remind users to only use Chrome and if you have a fast computer, you'll be able to use this.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    August 2018

    Worked with Blackboard for several yrs obtaining two degress as an online student.

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    I have used Blackboard across the years in different educational facilities as an online student. It has been non-problematic and I've achieved to college degrees and would recommend to anyone looking to set-up a learning environment.

    Pros

    I like the ease and setup of the course in blackboard. The layout is super-friendly in terms of finding your course materials, your email, instructor information, or accessing discussion boards. As a student in different schools, I found blackboard worked pretty much the same way, no issues in attending my live class sessions or taking my tests.

    Cons

    No cons regarding blackboard from a student's stance. It is really laid out where anyone can log in and find their way around after a brief tutorial.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Stuart from Zon Engineering Inc.

    Specialty: Construction

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Blackboard Collaborate is a good distance learning resource

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    Pros

    For distance learning and online only courses, Blackboard is a great resource for students. It allows the upload of files and storing lectures for on-demand learning

    Cons

    The mobile interface has issues in terms of server connectivity. The sites I can load on my desktop would not load on my mobile device.

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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    August 2018

    Very good way to collaborate with people in your business.

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    Pros

    I like the way the software is organized. It is easy to collaborate with others and make sure everyone is on the same page. Everyone can see the calendar and add events to it, allowing for easy communication.

    Cons

    Although it is an easy way to collaborate, I feel that there are software options that are easier to use.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    August 2018

    Blackboard has very simple to use

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    As a user (student), Blackboard Collaborate is excellent!

    Pros

    Working and using Blackboard in an academic setting has simplified my use of the software. Being able to view Blackboard from both an administrator and student has helped me become very proficient in the software.

    Cons

    The user interface of Blackboard Collaborate can be somewhat cumbersome when you first use the software.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Danielle from Saint Francis University

    August 2018

    Tends to work well, however sometimes it didn't work as well as expected.

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    Access to school materiel and lectures.

    Pros

    I was able to look up class schedules/assignments.
    Online classes where you can raise your hand, ask questions, etc virtually.
    Fair sound/video quality for virtual classes.

    Cons

    It is not as user friendly, sometimes it was too difficult to find what I needed. It appears that it was difficult to use on the teacher end as well as they were constantly needing help or having difficulty loading their content online.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees

    July 2018

    A Nice Upgrade to the Old System

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    Pros

    The new Blackboard Collaborate is great! I've used it as both a student and as a potential professor, as I am a certified online instructor. When I was obtaining my certification, I was trained in how to use Blackboard Collaborate and create/open sessions. We did a few tests and it was a lot better than the old version back when I was just an undergraduate student taking the occasional online course.

    Cons

    There wasn't really much negative about it. The old Blackboard Collaborate needed improvement, but the new version is that improvement. It looks better, functions better, and operates more efficiently.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    July 2018

    I have attended training classes run in Blackboard

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    Pros

    Has video capability so you can see who is speaking. Allows for screensharing. Has built in text chat.

    Cons

    The software will often try to automatically alter audio settings when used. The software will often "forget" the change when you tell it not to alter the audio settings the next time you launch it. Poor video quality. Poor audio quality.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Alexander from University

    July 2018

    Blackboard Collaborate was great when I used it for my philosophy course.

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    It helped me interact with the instructors of my philosophy course!

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the ability to interact with the instructors through Blackboard Collaborate. I was able to raise my hand when I had a question, answer the instructors questions when they asked and even draw on the canvas!

    Cons

    At times, some features can heavily slow down the program. For example, when a lot of people draw at the same time the program lags quite heavily.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Nicole from Techvatio

    July 2018

    Basic features but expensive

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    Pros

    All the standard learning management features. Pretty easy to use and most faculty have used it before.

    Cons

    Expensive for what you get and the customer services is horrible. New features do not come around too often.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Benjamin from Broadwater Academy

    July 2018

    Just use Google Hangout or any other collaborative software.

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    Pros

    Included with other Blackboard programs used in almost all U.S. colleges today. A must know for graduate students.

    Cons

    All Blackboard software is very cumbersome, can crash, and does not sens notifications when other people add to collobartion.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    July 2018

    As a student, using Blackboard has been integral to organizing my school materials

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    Ability to see schoolwork

    Pros

    I like the user friendliness, especially as it relates to upcoming assignments on the front page of the application.

    Cons

    I dislike how cluttered it can get when you delve deep into some of the modules within the application.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jennifer from Health Care

    July 2018

    Not a huge fan. I find that Blackboard products are overdesigned and not responsive.

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    Not a big fan. I learned to look elsewhere (not that I'm the purchaser)

    Pros

    It does what it needs to as long as you do things the right way. Like, the exact right way you are supposed to with no creativity.

    Cons

    It's not flexible for users. It's not responsively designed. It seems to be not very memory/cpu efficient either - very bloaty.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jessica from Salted Orange Studios

    July 2018

    We have used this for K12 school classes

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    Pros

    We like this software in that it's so interactive and live with their teacher. It is easy to use and follow along during class.

    Cons

    I think the video and audio functions could use some serious work. seems like we are always having to troubleshoot these functions.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Timothy from The George Washington University

    June 2018

    Amazing student experience

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    Value for Money

    Great remote classroom experience. professional glitch free platform for class collaboration

    Pros

    I have used this blackboard learn and BB collaborate during my grad school at George Washington University. The Collaborate was great tool for distance students and remote sessions. We were able to easily view the professor, the lecture slides, annotations, chat with other attendees live and have the session recorded.
    With all these features, the software was smooth and glitch free.

    Cons

    Blackboard is not for free. The university has to pay per student license on yearly basis. Blackboard in return would provide professional software support, patches and upgrades.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • natalie from maricopa community colleges

    June 2018

    Makes Collaboration a Snap

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    Pros

    What I like most about using Blackboard Collaborate is the ability to collaborate with my colleagues quickly and efficiently.

    Cons

    Nit everyone on my team has the same level of comfort with new technology, so we have to factor that in when introducing new members to this product.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Matthew from Parkview Baptist School

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    June 2018

    Really expensive but great if you can afford it.

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    Pros

    We loved all of the features and just about everything about Blackboard. I think the best things were the integrations it has with other grading softwares.

    Cons

    The price is really the only bad thing about Blackboard. If you can afford it then you should be using Blackboard.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
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