Blackboard Collaborate

Online collaboration & web conferencing solution

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Blackboard Collaborate Overview

What is 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.

Blackboard Collaborate Overview

Pricing

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Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Contact Blackboard directly for detailed pricing information.


Blackboard Collaborate Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, India
Supported Languages
English

Media

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

Blackboard Collaborate Reviews

Blackboard Collaborate Reviews

Overall rating
4.2
/
5
Excellent
120

Very good
133

Average
43

Poor
6

Terrible
3

Value for Money
4.2
Features
4.2
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Support
4.1
83% recommended this app
Gabriela R.

Blackboard Collaborate Review

My overall experience with Blackboard Collaborate is always amazing. My grades have improved so much with this and I have been so much more organized because it comes with a calendar and reminder of when assignments are due and I never miss an assignment.


Verified Reviewer

Classroom Video conferring

my overall experience of Blackboard Collaborate is good


Diego G.

Workable, but lacking in reliability


Regina H.

Good for the basics of remote classroom learning

Overall, I think Blackboard is an adequate software for classes to use as far as the basics go (e.g. putting syllabi and class readings online, administering quizzes and tests, grading). The look and feel of the software can be improved upon and it can be made more user-friendly, but overall, it does an okay job.


Tehilla P.

Blackboard has Single-handedly Saved My Education

Blackboard has definitely rescued the education of many in the face of a pandemic. It allowed for smooth transition to online classes and mimicked a classroom environment as accurately as possible. I use blackboard everyday and it has allowed me to continue my education remotely. 10/10 would recommend to other students and educational institutions.


Gabriela R.
Industry: Food Production
Company size: 10,000+ Employees

Blackboard Collaborate Review

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 19/05/2020
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with Blackboard Collaborate is always amazing. My grades have improved so much with this and I have been so much more organized because it comes with a calendar and reminder of when assignments are due and I never miss an assignment.

Pros

A feature that I absolutely love about this software is the breakout rooms for group projects. I love that professors can break us into groups and it is not difficult to see in Blackboard. I love how easy it is to use this software. I also love that I get to see my professors feedback on any assignments that have been graded. I love seeing the exact percentage as well instead of it saying "B+". I absolutely love Blackboard!

Cons

One feature that I hope that this software improves is sharing the computer audio. It would be really helpful to get audio instead of text because I feel like it is easier to communicate faster and a lot more easier than text. Either way I highly recommend this software because It has helped me be more organized. There are no features that are difficult.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Classroom Video conferring

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 24/10/2019
Review Source: Capterra

my overall experience of Blackboard Collaborate is good

Pros

As opposed to web casting and video conferencing software, Blackboard Collaborate has interrogations and features that are specifically designed for engagement with the learners/audience

Cons

I am a new user of the Blackboard Collaborate's license so far nothing to complain about. Although the budget for this product is more expensive than our previous option

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Diego G.
Industry: Media Production
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Workable, but lacking in reliability

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 10/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Great for large groups, has enough features to keep up with the competition including: breakout rooms which work great, screen sharing, whiteboard for demonstrations, moderating for a smooth meeting flow. It's somewhat easy to use, so that's always a plus.

Cons

My biggest problem is reliability and stability. The software has crashed on me quite often, even with a robust and very capable laptop. For a software that's supposed to make collaboration easy, these issues are big drawbacks for me, and it's why we switched back to our original software.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Regina H.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

Good for the basics of remote classroom learning

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 13/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I think Blackboard is an adequate software for classes to use as far as the basics go (e.g. putting syllabi and class readings online, administering quizzes and tests, grading). The look and feel of the software can be improved upon and it can be made more user-friendly, but overall, it does an okay job.

Pros

I like that it has the basic features needed for this type of software, such as the ability to administer and grade quizzes online. It is pretty intuitive to use, but it could be better.

Cons

The whole program looks and feels very dated. Because it looks so dated, it feels like it has not been upgraded in a while and could be difficult to use. It surprisingly is pretty intuitive to use however, but there are still ways that it could be improved upon. For example, grading assignments can be made an easier task that does not need to be featured on a separate page.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Tehilla P.
Industry: Medical Practice
Company size: Self Employed

Blackboard has Single-handedly Saved My Education

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 10/09/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Blackboard has definitely rescued the education of many in the face of a pandemic. It allowed for smooth transition to online classes and mimicked a classroom environment as accurately as possible. I use blackboard everyday and it has allowed me to continue my education remotely. 10/10 would recommend to other students and educational institutions.

Pros

Easy to Use
Facilitates large groups
Indicates each participant's strength of connectivity
Features to indicate understanding of the concepts being taught
Feature to indicate when you are away from your device during the session
Ability to break out into small focus groups for classroom activities
Poll for student engagement
Document sharing features
Screenshare feature
Facilitates multiple presenters that can each manipulate the slides being presented
Ability to record lectures for asynchronous learning
Mic and Video features available to all participants
Moderators can mute the mics of persons who have accidentally left their mics on
"Hand up" feature useful for asking questions without major interruption of the session

Cons

The only problem i've faced is the compression of power point screens when uploaded to blackboard. Items that were previously well spaced out often overlap. However this issue can be overcome by simply screensharing the document instead of uploading it and converting it on blackboard

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
7.8/10
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Blackboard Collaborate Pricing

Blackboard Collaborate Pricing

Starting from
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Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

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Value for Money
4.2/5
Based on 305 user ratings
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Blackboard Collaborate Features

Blackboard Collaborate Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Blended Learning
Calendar Management
Communication Management
Content Management
Course Authoring
Customisable Branding
Data Import/Export
Learning Management
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Features
4.2/5
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Additional information for Blackboard Collaborate

Additional information for Blackboard Collaborate

Key features of Blackboard Collaborate

  • Blackboard Learn integration
  • Breakout rooms
  • Class assessment
  • Class scheduling
  • Closed captioning
  • Conferencing recording
  • Content sharing
  • Displays up to 5 videos at once
  • File sharing
  • Flipped lesson publishing
  • Follow the speaker layout
  • Group chat
  • Guest speakers management
  • High definition audio & video
  • Image management
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • LTI integration
  • Lecture mode
  • Mobile collaboration
  • Page explorer
  • Participation engagement
  • Participation management
  • Polling
  • Private chat
  • Real time annotations & text
  • Responsive design
  • Roll call
  • Twemoji support
  • Visual selection menu
  • WCAG Guidelines 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 compliance
  • Whiteboard text editing

Benefits

  • 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

  • Blackboard Collaborate FAQs

    Blackboard Collaborate FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Blackboard Collaborate.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Blackboard Collaborate offer?

    Blackboard Collaborate offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: One Time License, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Contact Blackboard directly for detailed pricing information.

    Q. What are the main features of Blackboard Collaborate?

    Blackboard Collaborate offers the following features:

    • Blackboard Learn integration
    • Breakout rooms
    • Class assessment
    • Class scheduling
    • Closed captioning
    • Conferencing recording
    • Content sharing
    • Displays up to 5 videos at once
    • File sharing
    • Flipped lesson publishing
    • Follow the speaker layout
    • Group chat
    • Guest speakers management
    • High definition audio & video
    • Image management
    • Interactive whiteboard
    • LTI integration
    • Lecture mode
    • Mobile collaboration
    • Page explorer
    • Participation engagement
    • Participation management
    • Polling
    • Private chat
    • Real time annotations & text
    • Responsive design
    • Roll call
    • Twemoji support
    • Visual selection menu
    • WCAG Guidelines 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 compliance
    • Whiteboard text editing

    Q. Who are the typical users of Blackboard Collaborate?

    Blackboard Collaborate has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Blackboard Collaborate support?

    Blackboard Collaborate supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Blackboard Collaborate offer?

    Blackboard Collaborate has the following pricing plans:

    One Time License, Subscription

    Q. Does Blackboard Collaborate support mobile devices?

    Blackboard Collaborate supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Blackboard Collaborate integrate with?

    Blackboard Collaborate integrates with the following applications:

    Campus Cafe, Canvas LMS, CommandCenterHD, Cranium Café, Destiny One, MEDIASHAREiQ, PortalGuard, Schoology, WebAssign, YuJa

    Q. What level of support does Blackboard Collaborate offer?

    Blackboard Collaborate offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Forum, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials