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Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing - Getting Started

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 provides useful information for new users of the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing service.


Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing can be used by instructors, students, researchers, administrators and other UW employees and affiliates for online meetings and sessions. A more detailed overview can be found in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Overview (UW-Madison) document.

You can access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra via through Canvas and the MyUW portal


These are the two primary Blackboard Collaborate roles:

  • Moderator – The person conducting a session is a moderator - for example, an instructor. Moderators have access to all Blackboard Collaborate interface features, including the ability to grant moderator status to participants.
  • Participant – Participants attend web conference sessions and have access to many of the interface features. Students may access by clicking on a URL link from an email invitation or from within Canvas. Participants may be students or any other type of UW employee or affiliate.

Training Resources:

Blackboard has a wealth of knowledge and information on their website, and we have also created documentation for web conferencing. These resources have been pulled together into handy collections to help you locate the most relevant information.

If you are new to Blackboard Collaborate, you should look at the following:

Keywords:Accessing roles moderator participant bbc ultra classic conferences   Doc ID:22625
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2012-02-13 12:12 CDTUpdated:2021-05-06 10:18 CDT
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