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What is Collaborate?

Collaborate is a real-time virtual classroom environment designed for Distance Education and Web Conferencing.  Collaborate combines different collaboration, presentation and assessment tools which instructors can use to deliver a lecture, for office hours, advising sessions, group work, live discussions, or to create lecture recordings. Staff can take advantage of its web conferencing and presentation capabilities to hold meetings online. 

Click image below for a larger view of the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing workspace.


The following resources will introduce you to the Collaborate web conferencing user interface and basic tools.

Web Conferencing - First Time Users page



Try Collaborate

Join the Blackboard Collaborate Configuration Room to test your connection, settings, and configure your audio. You may also use this session to try different tools or features. Before joining this and other sessions, you will need to first download and install the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.

How do I Access Collaborate?

SacCT Users

Instructors can schedule Collaborate sessions from any SacCT course, making it easy to combine live online sessions or recordings with other course content. Students and other course users can access sessions and recordings from the Blackboard Collaborate page in your course(s).

Click the image below for a larger view of the Blackboard Collaborate page in SacCT.


Get Started

  1. Enable Blackboard Collaborate in your SacCT course
  2. Add the Blackboard Collaborate link
  3. Schedule a Blackboard Collaborate Session
  4. Access Blackboard Collaborate Sessions


Business Users (Non-SacCT Users)

The Collaborate Session Administration System or SAS is an interface that can be used by instructors, staff and other meeting creators that do not have a SacCT course, to schedule, edit, and join meetings. Students and other meeting particpants can easily access Collaborate sessions and/or recordings through links provided by your instructor or moderator.

Click the image below for a larger view of the Blackboard Collaborate SAS interface.


Get Started

  1. Request a Blackboard Collaborate Account (Faculty/Staff only)
  2. Login to Blackboard Collaborate SAS (Faculty/Staff only)
  3. Refer to the Instructor/Moderator Guide for details on how to schedule a Collaborate Session and access sessions.

Moderator and Participant Guides

Please select one of the links below to see information on how to access Collaborate as a Instructor/Moderator or as a Student/Participant.

SacCT Users

Business Users (Non-SacCT)

Computer Setup

System Requirements

Review the supported operating systems, browsers and recommended system specifications.

Blackboard Collaborate Launcher

Install this utility for both Windows and Mac which provides a stable version of Java to launch sessions and recordings.

Known Issues

Refer to list of known issues for web conferencing, session administration system and mobile application.

System Status

Refer to the system status page for information about service interruptions and/or system outages. In addition, when scheduling sessions, please consider the scheduled maintenance time frame for Blackboard Collaborate SAS which is:

  • Thursday 11:00PM to Friday 3:00AM
  • Saturday 7:00PM to Sunday 3:00AM

Report a Problem

Submit a Service Ticket to report issues with Collaborate sessions and/or recordings.


Last updated: January 16, 2018   



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