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Blackboard Collaborate is available as a mobile app.

Download the App
Blackboard Collaborate provides Apps for several mobile devices.  There are versions supporting iPhone/iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire (but not Windows Mobile). Visit the Blackboard Collaborate website for more information.  

Since Blackboard Inc. has several products, make sure to download the correct app.  By searching "blackboard" or "blackboard collaborate" in the App Store, Google Play, or Kindle Fire, you may see a couple of options.  Make sure to look for the purple icon (as shown in the above example). The purple icon is similar in all other mobile app stores.

Blackboard App Icon Example

Important Note: There are a few limitations for Blackboard Collaborate mobile versions. Mobile users do not currently have the ability to: load content, control slides, access Whiteboard tools, save Whiteboard files (.wbd) or initiate screen sharing, please use a desktop version to complete those tasks.

To Launch the Web Conference from a website or invite email
To launch a Blackboard Collaborate web conference in the mobile app, one simply needs to click a conference invitation or participant link. Whether from a website, course site or invitation email, clicking on the link will redirect the user directly into the mobile app and into the web conference room.

To Launch the Web Conference a from UW-Moodle course
To launch the web conference session from UW-Moodle, simply scroll down to find the "Course Links" block, and click on the Access Conference link within the course site in UW-Madison Moodle from the mobile devices web browser.

After logging into UW-Moodle with a NetID and password:
  1. Find the correct EPD course
  2. Find the Course Links block
  3. Find the web conference link you would like to join
  4. Clicking Blackboard Collaborate link in UW-Moodle will launch the Blackboard Collaborate app on your mobile device.

mobile moodle

To Launch the Web Conference from a Desire2Learn/Learn@UW course
To launch a web conference for a course within Desire2Learn, you must first login to Desire2Learn via learnuw.wisc.edu or coursedashboard.learnuw.wisc.edu. Then, select the appropriate course from the list of courses. 

From the course site homepage, locate the web conference information block and click on Access Web Conference Page or select Communication > Web Conferencing from the navigation bar. 
Desire2Learn Web conference information link

From the web conference page, locate the appropriate web conference room and click on the Join link. 

Desire2learn web conference join link

The web conference session will then launch in the Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App.

Important Note: If accessing the Desire2Learn course site using Safari on iOS, the pop-up blocker must be turned off. For instructions on how to adjust the settings, please see Safari (iOS) - Enabling and disabling pop-up blocker

Using Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App

Once successfully logged in to a session, the screen should look similar to the screenshot below:

mobile blackboard collaborate

1. Room Options
Open the Room Options menu. It can be used to leave a session or change the settings.

2. Talk Button
Click the Talk button to activate the VoIP microphone. The button will depress and show a timer for a short time. When the microphone icon reappears in a down state, it is ok to speak. If the microphone has been disabled, the Talk button will appear with a line through it. Use earbuds with a microphone for best audio quality.

3. Participants List
One the Participants List. On larger mobile device screens, the Participants List is visible by default.

4. Text Chat
To send a chat message, click the text box at the bottom of the Main Content screen. The device's software keyboard will open. Type the message. Click Send to publish the text chat message to the room and keep the keyboard open. Alternatively, click Done on the device keyboard to send the message to the room and close the keyboard.

5. Known Issues

Additional Information

For additional information on mobile app platforms and features, see the Blackboard Collaborate Mobile website.

Keywords:EPD technology eHelp   Doc ID:45453
Owner:Leah N.Group:Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
Created:2014-12-05 10:46 CDTUpdated:2015-09-10 13:20 CDT
Sites:College of Engineering - Online Learning Resources, Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
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