Blackboard Collaborate is a learning solution that provides web conferencing and mobile collaboration that seamlessly integrates with Blackboard. It helps instructors to create virtual classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces that reach more students. It also offers innovative approaches to peer-to-peer interaction and learning with a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in a traditional classroom.
ACC has four web conferencing tools available: Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet, Zoom, and Webex. To decide which web conferencing tool is best for your needs, please reference the Web Conferencing Tools Comparison Chart.
Every faculty has access to Blackboard Collaborate. Use your ACCeID credentials to log in: http://acconline.austincc.edu
Faculty Need to Know:
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra provides a single room for the course that stays open for the life of the course and where the name of the room is also the name of the course.
- Collaborate Ultra REQUIRES faculty to use the latest versions of Chrome Browser or Firefox to access ALL of the available features.
- For Chrome: Collaborate Ultra needs to have the “Block third-party cookies” setting turned off. For additional information go to Browser Support.
- You can add a link to Collaborate directly in your course menu. This is recommended for class sessions. If you are using Collaborate for one-on-one sessions, you can just provide the URL to the Collaborate room to the student.
- Collaborate is integrated into Blackboard for students to access easily with one single sign-in.
- Students can participate in a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session directly from mobile devices (Apple, Android, or Windows) with the free Bb student app called Blackboard App. Within the app, students are able to fully interact during the session. For more, see Blackboard App Quick Start Guide.
Important Update for Fall 2021
Beginning September 15th, 2021, Blackboard Collaborate recordings will now expire after 120 days. Recordings older than 120 days will automatically be removed from Collaborate storage and will no longer be available. Current Collaborate recordings older than 120 days will be removed starting September 15th, 2021. Any recordings you wish to keep for later use should be downloaded and migrated to the Mediasite streaming platform. Mediasite is accessible directly from your Blackboard course sites. For more information on Mediasite, please visit Mediasite Overview and First Steps.
If you need assistance or have questions about moving Blackboard Collaborate recordings to Mediasite, please submit a Mojo ticket.
Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate
- To access Blackboard Collaborate use your ACCeID credentials to log in: http://acconline.austincc.edu
- Review the Set Up Collaborate page for step-by-step instructions.
- Additionally, review the Blackboard Collaborate articles on the Teaching & Learning Knowledge Base to learn more!
- Access Issues? Can’t log in? Forgot your password or do you need to reset your password? Please visit:
New Feature: Pin Videos
Faculty can now pin videos in Blackboard Collaborate. This feature is useful for pinning an interpreter during your web conferencing. When a video is pinned, it moves to the top of the list and keeps it there. Using the pinning option doesn’t change the number of videos that are seen, only the order they are seen.
Training and Support
Teaching consultations are available to help you implement this tool into your teaching.
The Faculty Instructional Support Specialists (FISS) can also provide training.
Workshops to learn about the tools available for teaching and learning are available.