What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra?

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool that allows faculty to synchronously communicate online with students anywhere in the world. Collaborate Ultra is browser-based and does not require a separate launcher application like Collaborate Classic did.

More information about Blackboard Collaborate can be found on the Blackboard Collaborate: Feature Showcase page, and a quick video demonstration of Ultra can be found in the Collaborating in Blackboard Collaborate YouTube video.

Please be advised that Collaborate Ultra is a relatively new product whose feature set is evolving rapidly, so we will be updating these guides frequently as new features are added. Please check back often to see what's new!

Release Notes

Each month, Blackboard updates Collaborate Ultra by modifying and adding new features. To keep up to date with these changes, please see the Blackboard Collaborate Release Notes webpage.


If you are receiving errors about not being able to connect to Collaborate, please go to http://status.blackboard.com and check on the status for Collaborate - Web Conferencing (US Hosted). This will let you know if Blackboard is having issues with Collaborate Ultra.

The recommended web browsers for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. If you find that some features are not working, you may need to update your web browser to the latest version.