Blackboard Collaborate - Product Overview

This document provides information about the Blackboard Collaborate (previously referred to as Elluminate Live!) web conference product and describes some of the features.

What is Blackboard Collaborate?

Blackboard, Inc. acquired two leading providers of synchronous and collaboration technologies, Elluminate Live! and Wimba Classroom, during the summer of 2010. The result of the acquisition is a newly branded product named Blackboard Collaborate, which provides a platform for supporting synchronous web-based sessions. Those accustomed to web conferencing products (e.g., Adobe Connect) will find the features to be familiar (listed below) and those that haven't had a chance to use the product will find that it offers a suite of easy to use features that are common in many web conferencing solutions.

What are the main features?

Blackboard Collaborate is a highly customizable cross platform product that features:
In addition, the service offers the following:

Use on campus

Blackboard Collaborate can be used to facilitate:

How do I get an account?

Blackboard Collaborate is available to all faculty and staff at UW Madison. 

For faculty using Learn@UW all you need to do is activate web conferencing in Learn@UW.  For more information review this kb document

Faculty and Staff can access Blackboard Collaborate via the UW Madison Portal. For more information about activating web-conferencing in the portal please see this kb doc.