Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Friday, Jul 10, 2020. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

Blackboard Collaborate Original Retirement

Posted: 08:46:10, Friday, Jul 10, 2020   Expiration: 08:46:10, Thursday, Dec 31, 2020  

The Blackboard Collaborate Original (Java-based) web conferencing product will be retired by the vendor on December 31, 2020. No Blackboard Collaborate Original meetings will be possible after that date. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (WebRTC-based) will continue to be available and referred to as Blackboard Collaborate.

In preparation for the December 31 product retirement date, the links to Blackboard Collaborate Original from the MyUW portal (my.wisc.edu) and from Canvas (BB Collaborate Original) will be removed August 15, 2020. After this, users will no longer be able to access Blackboard Collaborate Original. We strongly encourage Collaborate Original users to move meetings to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra prior to that date.

Most UW-Madison users are already using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and the retirement of the Original platform will not impact them.


The recording server which hosts existing Blackboard Collaborate Original recordings will be retired by the vendor in June 2021. After that, existing Collaborate Original recordings will no longer be available. Users who wish to keep recordings made in Blackboard Collaborate Original can review instructions here and contact the DoIT Help Desk if they need further assistance. 


For more information on the retirement of Blackboard Collaborate Original, see:

The Learn@UW-Madison team manages the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. Our learning technology consultants are happy to help you choose the best tool to fit your needs and start using it to improve student success. Instructors and instructional staff can request a consultation through the DoIT Help Desk.

-- Learn@UW-Madison: James Mckay

Created: 08:48:10, Friday, Jul 10, 2020 (by Learn@UW Madison .)
Updated: 08:48:10, Friday, Jul 10, 2020 (by Learn@UW Madison .)