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Canvas - Accessing Blackboard Ultra in Canvas (UW-Madison)

After June 30, 2021, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will no longer be available. UW-Madison recommends using Zoom as a replacement for instructional and non-instructional web conferencing purposes. For more information, please see Blackboard Collaborate - Service Ending June 30, 2021

This document describes how to launch a web conference using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra in Canvas.

Blackboard Ultra integrates with the Canvas Learning Management System. You can create web conferences that are accessible to anyone enrolled in your course using this integration. Any recordings you make using Blackboard Ultra will also be available to those enrolled in the class.

Finally, Ultra integrates with your course roster, so students who join Ultra from your course will be automatically signed in as themselves. (Those who sign in via a guest link instead of through Canvas will be prompted to enter a name.)

Navigating BlackBoard Ultra in Canvas

As an instructor, you can access the Ultra admin interface, by clicking BBCollaborate Ultra in the course navigation bar.

Select BbCollaborate in Sidebar

  • To create a new session, select Create Session in the upper right hand corner. As a note, any role except for student, auditor, and observer can create sessions in Blackboard Ultra.
  • Create Session in BbCollaborate
  • To join a session, simply select its name.
  • Select a Session
  • To access any recordings, select the menu button in the top left corner.
  • Select Menu button
  • This will reveal a menu that allows you to toggle between sessions and recordings.
  • Toggle between sessions and recordings

Join a BbCollaborate Session from the Canvas Student or Instructor App

  1. Open the Canvas Student or Instructor app on your device.
    Canvas Dashboard
  2. From the Canvas Dashboard, select the course that is hosting the Blackboard Collaborate Session.
  3. Select BBCollaborate Ultra from the course homepage 
    • You may need to scroll down to locate the BBCollaborate Option.
      Course Homepage
  4. The BbCollaborate Ultra webpage will load within the Canvas Student or Instructor app. 
    • Select the appropriate BbCollaborate session from the list of sessions for the course.
      BbCollaborate Webpage
  5. On the session page that appears, select Join Session.
    BbCollaborate Session webpage

  6. When prompted, select Allow to enable BbCollaborate to access the Microphone and Camera.
    Microphone and Camera access

  7.  The Microphone test will appear. 
    • Select the appropriate microphone from the drop-down menu, and 
    • Use the purple audio level bar to verify the microphone is detecting sound. 
    • Next, select Yes - It's working.
      Audio test

  8. You will see the session Welcome screen, indicating you have successfully joined the session.
    Session Welcome page

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Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2016-04-28 11:50 CDTUpdated:2021-05-06 10:18 CDT
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