What is Collaborate Ultra?

Collaborate Ultra is a fully redesigned video conferencing and collaboration tool.

Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is available for use in all Blackboard course and organisation sites.

Some of the things you can do with Collaborate Ultra include:

  • Office hours
  • Schedule sessions
  • Record sessions
  • Lead lectures or virtual classes
  • Tutoring and mentoring sessions
  • Group work
  • Create breakout groups
  • Add files
  • Share applications
  • Use a virtual whiteboard to interact

What are some examples of practice?

Barac, K., Prestridge, S., & Main, K. (2017). The pedagogy-technology nexus: Bridging the divide between academic and student perspectives on educational technologiesFacilitating social learning through learning design: A perspective of collaborative academic development, 173.

Bodey, K., Ravaga, V., & Sloan, S. Preliminary exploration of student use of Blackboard Collaborate in fully online courses. In 33rd International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (p. 49). 

Bodle, K., & Learning Futures. (2019). Embedding cultural knowledges and competency within a business course. 

Robinson, E., and Learning Futures. (2019). Using active learning strategies to build connections between students and lecturers. 

Simpson, K., & Learning Futures. (2019). Coping with online learning and teaching using Collaborate.

Soesmanto, T., & Bonner, S. (2019). Dual Mode Delivery in an Introductory Statistics Course: Design and EvaluationJournal of Statistics Education, (just-accepted), 1-31. 

Why is Collaborate Ultra Important?

Effectively communicating with students is becoming increasingly important, especially with Griffith University’s ever-growing offering of online courses. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra helps improve communication with students.

How can I use Collaborate Ultra to implement the Course Design Standards?

You can use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to implement the following Course Design Standards:

How do I get started?

Getting started with a Collaborate Ultra session will require some planning. Start by considering whether you need any training or support. If you do, refer to the support resources on this page. 

When you are ready:

  1. Decide on what kind of session you plan to run and when. 
  2. Schedule the session in Blackboard
  3. Prepare the session materials 
  4. Provide information and instructions to participants.

Where can I get additional support?