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.

New Features, Updated Features

Maintenance release with accessibility improvements

Continuous Delivery v18.3 | Release to Production 10-11 March 2018
Updated features

In this Collaborate 18.3 maintenance release, we focused our development and design on academic effectiveness

Universal design

  • Made accessibility improvements to improve the user experience.
Updated Features, Academic Effectiveness

Phone only dial-in, recording name, status and application bandwidth improvements

Continuous Delivery v18.2 | Release to Production 3-4 February 2018
New Features, Updated features

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.

Digital collaboration

  • 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
New Features, Updated Features, Academic Effectiveness, Learner Engagement
Updated Features
Updated Features

Collaborate with the Ultra experience (17.10)

Continuous Delivery v17.10 | Release to Production 7-8 October 2017
Updated features

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.

View the detailed Collaborate v17.10 release notes

Updated Features

Collaborate Ultra Building Block update

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.12.0 | Release to Production 19 September 2017
Original Course View, Building Blocks

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.

More on course groups for instructors


Building Block, Updated Features, Course View: Original, FDO Q4 2017, Q4 2017

Improvements to session and recording launch experience

Continuous Delivery v17.9 | Release to Production 9-10 September 2017
New features, Updated features

In this release, we’ve made your sessions and recordings more secure and adjusting the range of application sharing bandwidth.

View the Collaborate v17.9 release notes

Updated Features

Improvements to Chat and Breakout groups

Continuous Delivery v17.8 | Release to Production 5-6 August 2017
New features, Updated features

The August 2017 release focuses on improving your experience with chat and breakout groups.

View the Collaborate v17.8 release notes

Updated Features, New Features

Collaborate in Blackboard Instructor

Bb Instructor 1.0 | Release to Production 20 July 2017
New features

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.

View the Blackboard Instructor help page

New Features

Private chat and scale to 500

Continuous Delivery v17.7 | Release to Production 15-16 July 2017
New Features, Updated Features

In this release,we are excited to introduce some highly sought-after features such as, private chat and scale to 500.

View the Collaborate v17.7 release notes

New Features, Updated Features