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Blackboard Collaborate - Training Resources for Web Conference Participants using Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard has a wealth of knowledge and information on their website, and we have also created documentation to support Collaborate web conferencing. This document provides you with links to some of the most useful information for Collaborate participants.

Participants in Collaborate

Participants attend web conference sessions and have access to many of the interface features. Students may access Collaborate sessions from within a Learn@UW course or by clicking on a URL link from an email invitation. Participants may be students or any other type of UW employee or affiliate. Moderators can grant participants moderator status.

Click on the links below, to launch the Blackboard training document or video.
Start with the starred items; then if you still need more information, you may want to check out the additional resources.

Title & Description

* Getting Started for Participants Quick Reference Guide (PDF)


2 page PDF handout

This 2-page handout (PDF) highlights the main features of the Blackboard Collaborate interface.


* Participant Orientation

Take a few minutes (6:55 mins.) to review this narrated PowerPoint presentation covering:
  • Settings
  • The participant orientation
  • Interactions
  • Speaking
  • Video
  • Chat
  • The Whiteboard

Brief video


Essentials for Participants

Searchable guide that includes the most widely used features in Bb Collaborate sessions.

(This guide is not comprehensive; see the complete guide, below.)

Searchable guide – HTML or PDF (You can download the 94 page PDF guide.)


Participant's Guide

Searchable complete user guide for participants.

Searchable guide – HTML or PDF (You can download the 228 page PDF guide.

Accessibility Guide for Participants

This guide is written for Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing users with visual, auditory or motor disabilities. It describes the accessibility features in Blackboard Collaborate intended for these users.

Searchable guide – HTML or PDF (You can download the 70 page PDF guide.)      

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Keywords: conferencing, conferences, participant, orientation, quick reference guide,   Doc ID: 22636
Owner: Kari J.Group: Blackboard Collaborate
Created: 2012-02-13 16:50 CDTUpdated: 2013-08-21 16:26 CDT
Sites: Blackboard Collaborate, Division of Continuing Studies, DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison, Learn@UW Utility