Session roles

Collaborate Session Roles

Attendees can be moderators, presenters, participants, and captioners in the Ultra experience.

Curious who is who? Open the Attendees panel to find out.


Moderators have full control over all content being shared. They can make any attendee a presenter or a moderator. Moderators see hand raise notifications and can lower hands. They can remove attendees from a session, but they cannot remove other moderators. Moderators can set the session settings, including deciding what participants can and can't do. Moderators get email with links to their session recordings.

More on being a moderator


The presenter role is designed to allow students to present without giving them full moderator privileges. Presenters can upload, share, edit, and stop sharing content. They can also see hand raise notifications and can lower hands.

More on presenting


Participants can enable and disable notifications, such as when attendees enter and leave a session or when someone has posted something to the chat. Moderators decide if participants share audio and video, chat, and draw on the whiteboard or shared files.

More on being a participant


The captioner role is designed to provide an accessible learning experience for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as for students whose native language is different from the moderator's. An attendee is assigned this role by a moderator. The captioner is given an area to type what is being said. Other participants can view what the captioner is typing in real time. You can have multiple captioners for multiple languages.

More on being a captioner

Collaborate User Accounts

User accounts

Blackboard gives you administrator and manager accounts when you are set up. There is only one manager account. You can't create any more. A manager account has the highest level of permission and can create administrator and supervisor accounts.

  • Managers: May view institution and session reports. Managers can create administrators and supervisors.
  • Administrators: May view Session Attendance reports for individual sessions. Administrators can create supervisors, create new sessions, and invite people to them.
  • Supervisors: May viewSession Attendance reports for individual sessions. Supervisors create sessions and invite people to them.

You can have more than one administrator account. For example, you may want an administrator to manage users and sessions by department. Administrator accounts can only be managed by managers.

Supervisor accounts require an administrator to manage them. If you are a manager, assign an existing administrator to all supervisor accounts you create. If you are an administrator, you are automatically assigned as the administrator for all supervisor accounts you create.

If you create a new user account, you need to let them know what their login information is. Collaborate doesn't do this for you.