Blackboard Collaborate

Online collaboration & web conferencing solution

About Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution which enables employees to fulfill training requirements anywhere, anytime, with audio, video and webcam support, file sharing, and mobile collaboration, plus an interactive whiteboard, chat functionality, and more.

Today’s geographically dispersed workforces, flexible hours and demanding work schedules can make in-person training and development expensive and inconsistent, if not impossible. Organizations need a dynamic tool that allows learners to be actively engaged virtually, participating in training, gaining new skills, and learning from their peers “face-to-face” no matter where they are. Blackboard Collaborate's browser-based and download-free, one-click virtual classroom and online collaboration tool leads to rapid adoption with minimal hand-holding. With broadened device support and a powerful mobile app, participation is possible anytime, anywhere.

Pricing starting from:

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  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Blackboard Collaborate

  • Simple deployment, convenient access: Our browser-based and download-free, one-click virtual classroom and online collaboration tool leads to rapid adoption with minimal hand-holding. With broadened device support and a powerful mobile app, participation is possible anytime, anywhere

  • High quality Web RTC technology: High definition audio and video, faster, sharper application sharing and a thoroughly redesigned, modern user experience allow for a more personal, engaging experience.

  • Designed specifically for education & training: Focused on education and training, Blackboard Collaborate is designed for simplicity, accessibility and to support education and training workflows.

  • Tools such as an interactive whiteboard, polling, and breakout groups engage learners and integration with Blackboard Learn, Moodlerooms and any LTI-compliant LMS allow you to blend synchronous, asynchronous, and mobile capabilities.

  • Inclusive user experience: Designed in accordance with WCAG Guidelines 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 standards in the U.S. and always verified by a 3rd party, Collaborate ensures all employees have access to training and development opportunities
  • Devices

    Business size

    S M L

    Markets

    Australia, Canada, China, United Kingdom, India, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    N/A

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Universal accessibility means that anyone can engage and participate in the teaching and learning experience
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Blackboard collaborate is accessible on any internet-enabled device, including desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Share files quickly and easily with drag and drop tools
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - The raising hand feature tracks the order in which hands are raised and lets the moderator call on participants
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Profile pictures personalize the learning experience and can represent users in place of video
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Instant, convenient chat with all participants promotes participation
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    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Universal accessibility means that anyone can engage and participate in the teaching and learning experience
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Blackboard collaborate is accessible on any internet-enabled device, including desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Share files quickly and easily with drag and drop tools
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - The raising hand feature tracks the order in which hands are raised and lets the moderator call on participants
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Profile pictures personalize the learning experience and can represent users in place of video
    Blackboard Collaborate Software - Instant, convenient chat with all participants promotes participation

    Features

    Total features of Blackboard Collaborate: 37

    • Activity Tracking
    • Assessment Management
    • Brainstorming
    • Chat/Messaging
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Communication Management
    • Compliance Management
    • Content Management
    • Discussions / Forums
    • Drag & Drop
    • Electronic Hand Raising
    • Event Scheduling
    • File Management
    • File Sharing
    • Interactive Whiteboard
    • Learning Management
    • Live Chat
    • On-Demand Webcasting
    • Personalization
    • Polls/Voting
    • Presentation Tools
    • Private Chat
    • Real-Time Chat
    • Real-time Broadcasting
    • Recording
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Screen Sharing
    • Search/Filter
    • Session Recording
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Training Management
    • Two-Way Audio & Video
    • Video Call Recording
    • Video Conferencing
    • Video Support
    • Virtual Classroom
    • Whiteboard

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,2 /5
    (397)
    Value for Money
    4,2/5
    Features
    4,2/5
    Ease of Use
    4,1/5
    Customer Support
    4,1/5

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    Diego martin R.
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Very simple and intuitive.

    Reviewed on 2022/05/15

    Blackboard Collaborate is an excellent tool which is very effectively in educational environments...

    Blackboard Collaborate is an excellent tool which is very effectively in educational environments however for SMEs there are better alternatives with similar features at lower prices.

    Pros

    Blackboard Collaborate is a simple and powerful tool. Features like creating groups and file sharing allow users to improve their user experience while using the software. I appreciate that the video quality would be stable despite of the difficulties in connectivity we could experience. What I like the most is the fact that you do not need to download any additional app to use this software on your phone.

    Cons

    I have not had any problems while using the app however I think that some additional functions can be implemented such as a button to control the level of audio, annotations and a video speed controller.

    Santino M.
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Online Learning Platform

    Reviewed on 2022/05/19

    Pros

    A great software for large class groups with features geared towards teaching and learning.

    The option to record meetings and save to the cloud makes it a great platform for creating pre-recordings for classes.

    The breakout room feature makes it easy to manage large groups by separating them and visiting each group individually.

    The amount of control provided to the host over the features is great for class management.

    Cons

    For sessions to run smoothly the internet connection has to be extremely fast.

    The bandwidth requirement for use of this software is very high and causes students to disconnect frequently.

    The platform can glitch at times and may require a restart before normal use can be resumed.

    Arturo L.
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    • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Your Blacboard virtual classroom integration

    Reviewed on 2022/06/01

    The overall experience of Blackboard Collaborate is compliant and straightforward because as I said...

    The overall experience of Blackboard Collaborate is compliant and straightforward because as I said it does not have many features or differentiators against its market competition, it is simply the blackboard addon to take online classes or virtual meetings, its stability also characterizes it but from there on out, it is a pretty normal platform, and very easy to use.

    Pros

    What makes collaborate stand out is its stability when it comes to virtual meetings, of course depending on your network is what determines your experience during the meeting of course. Another thing is that in my case, being still a student, the collaborate is already integrated into the class in a section where either the teacher creates the icon on the left bar, or you simply go to the blackboard tools and you can find there the meeting you want to enter the entire course you have. The platform is designed for you to join immediately so if you are in a hurry, the software will take care of that and help you with that.

    Cons

    I didn't see many disadvantages of blackboard collaborate when it comes to taking classes or having meetings with my team when planning projects, since it is a virtual meeting software that complies but is quite simple, which does not have many differentiators out of the market. It is quite reliable, but for some reason, my teachers prefer to take better classes in Microsoft Teams because they feel it has better and more features than blacboard collaborate.

    Cheryl G.
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    • Industry: E-Learning
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Bb Collaborate Brings Life to Online-Learning Courses

    Reviewed on 2022/03/30

    Overall, I am very happy using Blackboard Collaborate for my online asynchronous (speech communicati...

    Overall, I am very happy using Blackboard Collaborate for my online asynchronous (speech communication) courses, as they have made my transfer to online teaching such an easy one! I can't think of a better way to present material for students, and to help individuals during coaching sessions and meetings. So easy to use, presenting in an inviting and simply way (visually) and my students have found it easy to use as well.

    Pros

    The easy to use Bb Collaborate helps keep an online class alive. The recording options allows teachers to teach an online course, have the experience recorded, and then uploaded for later viewing for those students unable to attend live. For asynchronous classes, setting up individual meetings, or sessions for coaching students (especially for speech communication courses) is so helpful, easy to use, and very easy for students to simply click on a link to join the meeting. I feel it is a safer version than zoom, and the file-sharing, and screen-sharing options make it versatile and user-friendly for teaches and students alike. My favorite feature is the scheduling set-up: you can easily invite individuals or an entire class by sending the link to them via an email, and creating a time-frame for entering the meeting. The icons on the meeting page are also easy to navigate for first-time users (most of my students are using this for the first time) .

    Cons

    Some of the "how to" features when searching for help in using the application were not as clearly presented (there's a lot to navigate through on those help pages), but this is the only aspect of this teaching tool that I would re-visit. The rest of the software hasn't show to be difficult to use, in any way.

    Axel A.
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    • Industry: Automotive
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Awesome page for study

    Reviewed on 2022/06/07

    In was using this app since I was in high school and I really use it for study and sent my...

    In was using this app since I was in high school and I really use it for study and sent my homeworks and works, it was so easy to use, and now with my industry I been thinking in use this app, and my workers love it, beacuse is like a stay in the school, and you can sent all the works or anything that they need to show me.

    Pros

    This app is for all the people who are studing or working in houses, is so easy to use and they have a lot of settings to had more control. You can upload any document for all your workers or for your students.

    Cons

    Honestly this app is a little outdated but it's a good app. I mean nowadays there are a lot of this type of page for students and for some industry, and this app has not more diference than the others.

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    Google Classroom

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    Blackboard Collaborate offers the following pricing plans:

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    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

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    Blackboard Collaborate has the following typical customers:

    2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001-5 000

    Blackboard Collaborate supports the following languages:

    English

    Blackboard Collaborate supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Blackboard Collaborate integrates with the following applications:

    CANVAS, Schoology

    Blackboard Collaborate offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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