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How to use Collaborate Ultra in your Canvas Course
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing tool (similar to Skype) that instructors have access to in their Canvas courses.
Blackboard’s contract to provide web conference services to the University of Wisconsin will expire on 6/30/2021. Access to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conference sessions, recordings, usage data, and all other services will end on that date. The UW System plans on negotiating a conferencing contract with Zoom before the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Alternative conferencing tools such as Microsoft Teams and WebEx will continue to be available during this transition. More information can be found here.
Collaborate Ultra can also be referred to as a "Virtual Classroom". This tool is especially important in fully online courses because online office hours in Collaborate Ultra can take the place of in person office hours. Within Collaborate Ultra, instructors can interact with students via video, audio, and online chat. Participants can also share their screens and share documents. Instructors also have the ability to allow students to use Collaborate Ultra in small groups to work on group projects and record presentations.
Collaborate Ultra is integrated in Canvas and located on your course navigation bar.
Below is a video tutorial on how to use Collaborate Ultra:
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