Release Notes for Collaborate Ultra
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A special note from Product Management
As we move into 2018, we are thinking about and developing our teaching and learning products toward the greater good of a holistic, next generation digital learning environment through the lens of three critical, unifying product themes: academic effectiveness, learner engagement, and education insight. By focusing on these themes, we will unify the development of our products to empower excellence in teaching and learning, inspire genuine interest, attention, and interaction in the learning process, and enable continuous improvement through accurate and deep understanding of the teaching and learning process.
Maintenance release with accessibility improvements
In this Collaborate 18.3 maintenance release, we focused our development and design on academic effectiveness.
- Made accessibility improvements to improve the user experience.
Phone only dial-in, recording name, status and application bandwidth improvements
In this Collaborate 18.2 release, we focused our development and design on academic effectiveness and learner engagement. You’ll see below that we’ve also aligned our feature list in to groups based on value and benefit to you and your users.
- Phone only-dial in
- Edit recording names
- Application sharing bandwidth improvements
- Single menu for settings, feedback and status
Phone only dial-in
Moderators must allow users to join their session using a telephone before attendees can dial-in.
You can now call into a Collaborate session without joining the session on a browser. From your list of sessions, select the name of the session you want to call into. Select the Anonymous dial-in information from the menu. Your device calls the number. Type the PIN to join the session.
Copy the number and PIN from the settings menu to put it in a calendar item.
This new dial-in option is anonymous. When you use Anonymous dial-in, your phone is not paired with your account or session avatar. You appear in the session as an anonymous caller to other attendees.
Edit recording names
Give your recordings a new name. Access Recordings from your scheduler. Find the recording you want to edit. Open the Recording options and select Edit name.
The recording name always begins with the session name. Edits to the name change the text after the backslash (/) only.
Application sharing bandwidth improvements
We are making changes to reduce blurriness when viewing application sharing.
Previously, when the browser reported a drop in available bandwidth, Collaborate would continue to prioritize the audio stream and send a lower quality application sharing stream, resulting in a blurry screen for the viewer. This usually lasted a few seconds, until the browser reported more available bandwidth. This was happening more frequently than true network capacity indicated. Now, we use additional measurements for a more accurate picture of network conditions, which greatly reduces the frequency of the blurry moments.
Single menu for your settings, feedback, and status
See what your network connection is at-a-glance. If your connection is poor or broken, you see an alert associated with your profile picture. You see one bar for a poor connection, three for good, and four for excellent.
When you select your profile picture you can see your status and settings.
- Select My Settings to set up your audio, notifications, and profile picture
- View your connection status
- Change your session status
- Leave the session
- Give feedback
Improvements to file conversion
In this release, we improved our file conversion capabilities. The conversion makes sure PowerPoint and PDF files uploaded to Collaborate are accessible.
More on the Collaborate 18.1 Support Bulletin (available in English only)
More on the new PowerPoint conversion process (available in English only)
Collaborate with the Ultra experience (17.10)
In this release, we made a few enhancements to your Collaborate experience.
- Attendees who are using their phone for audio can continue to use it after closing their browser window.
- By default, participants can chat privately with anybody in the session. In Session Settings, moderators can limit private chat with moderators only.
- Now, after you report an issue and select Submit, you can choose to Create a case on Behind the Blackboard directly from your session.
- The Participants panel is now called the Attendees panel.
Collaborate Ultra Building Block update
Add Collaborate Ultra to your group tools.
Instructors can add Collaborate Ultra sessions to Groups pages in the Original Course View of Blackboard Learn. If instructors allow, students can share content and use the whiteboard, as well as create recordings. Institutions need a Collaborate license to use this in their courses.
Improvements to session and recording launch experience
In this release, we’ve made your sessions and recordings more secure and adjusting the range of application sharing bandwidth.
Improvements to Chat and Breakout groups
The August 2017 release focuses on improving your experience with chat and breakout groups.
Collaborate in Blackboard Instructor
Blackboard Instructor is a mobile app that enables instructors to view course content, connect with students in discussions, and interact classes in Blackboard Collaborate. The app is available on iOS and Android mobile devices.
Private chat and scale to 500
In this release,we are excited to introduce some highly sought-after features such as, private chat and scale to 500.