Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a Web-based teaching and presentation platform that lets you conduct and record live sessions in which participants can view content, engage in real-time discussions, and work cooperatively using a wide range of interactive tools. Virtual classrooms in general and Collaborate Ultra in particular are used on a "live" or synchronous basis and are more complex than most desktop applications or learning management systems.
At Otterbein, Collaborate Ultra is being implemented for academic and administrative use in a phased, campus-wide rollout in order to ensure the overall quality of the experience for everyone involved. Therefore, as part of this rollout program, faculty and other university employees who wish to run sessions in the system must complete a short moderator certification process that provides the guidance needed to use this tool effectively.
Collaborate Ultra access, certification, and room creation is currently being coordinated by the Center for Teaching & Learning. To consult with CTL staff about the possible use of Collaborate Ultra, please contact the CTL (firstname.lastname@example.org | 614-823-1064). For more information on how to register for moderator certification, see the Access & Roles section of this LibGuide.
Collaborate Ultra is the newest version of Blackboard's Virtual Classrooms platform, formerly known only as Blackboard Collaborate. It was released during the summer of 2015 and features vast improvements in terms of technology, functionality, and design when compared with the previous version of the system. For more information, see Blackboard's Collaborate Ultra Experience Web page.