Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate has been re-designed in HTML5 for an improved user experience. Explore the tools Collaborate Ultra provides for both moderators and participants. View Collaborate's What's New page for more information about their latest release.

Get Started

To schedule a Collaborate session, just create a new activity in Moodle. Select Collaborate Ultra from the list of activities and then click on "Add." Set the date and time you want the session to start and end. A session can last for the duration of your course or have no end date. Moderators can engage participants with polling activities and break out sessions for small group discussion. Sessions can be recorded and recordings can be deleted directly from Moodle. To give guest presenters access to your session, you'll need to select the option to "Allow Collaborate guest access" in the session settings. For more information, view Getting Started as a Participant or Getting Started as a Moderator.

Standalone Access

Blackboard Collaborate is also available to all faculty, staff and administrators who do not use Moodle. A Collaborate portal can be arranged by contacting umonline-help@umontana.edu.

Recommended Browser

The recommended browsers for Collaborate Ultra are Chrome or Firefox. You can also use Internet Explorer, but must have flash installed.

Share Content

As a Moderator or Presenter, you can share a number of things with the participants in your sessions: an editable whiteboard, applications on your computer, PDFs, PowerPoint® presentations, images, and more.

Bb Student App

The Bb Student App can be used to connect to Collaborate Ultra sessions from any iOS or Android-based device. The Bb Student app is free and does not require a user to login to their institution to connect.

The Bb Student app can be downloaded using the following links:

To joining a session using Bb Student, just open the link to the Collaborate session using your device's web browser. A dialog will appear asking if you would like to open the link in Bb Student; select yes.

Training and Support

For help with your Collab Ultra session, please view the Collaborate Help Documentation or contact Collaborate Support at (877) 382-2293. To request a training session or IT Short Course, contact Marlene Zentz at (406) 243-6434 or marlene.zentz@umontana.edu.