Create Collaborate Sessions

From the Scheduler sessions list, select Create Session. The Create session panel is organized by tabs.

The tabs you see depend on if you create sessions from inside your course or not. Only event details are required to create the session. The other tabs are optional.

  • Event details: Basic information required for a session. More on Event Details.
  • Invitations: Optionally, send email invitations to specific attendees. More on Invitations.

    This feature is only available from the Scheduler web page. You can't send invitations from inside LMS courses.

  • Session Settings: Optionally, decide if users can download recordings, share audio or video, post chat messages, and more. More on Session Settings.
  • Attendance Reporting: Optionally, share session attendance data to your Blackboard Learn course. More on Attendance Reporting.

    This feature is only available in Blackboard Learn.


Event Details

Event details include the name, date, and time of a session. Decide if the session is open ended or recurring. Make the name something meaningful for your attendees so they know what the session is for.

Collaborate uses your computer’s local time zone for session start and end times.

You can also allow guest access from the Event Details tab.


Guest access

Guests are attendees who don't need to sign into the session or be enrolled in your course to join the session. Guests don't require authentication.

When you allow guest access, a guest link is available for the session. This link is a public link that can be used and shared by anyone who has it. Anyone with the guest link can join the session.

Guest access is off by default to limit access to authenticated attendees. If you want to keep your session secure, don't use guest links.

More on session security

After you allow guest access, choose a role for your guests based on the permissions you want to give them. Make sure you understand the different roles and their permissions before assigning them to guests.

More on roles and permissions

If you allow attendees to teleconference into your session, anonymous dial-in information is also available. As with guest links, anybody who has the dial-in information can use it. You also won't know who the attendee is as they'll be anonymous. If you want to keep your session secure, don't share the anonymous dial-in information. Attendees can still teleconference but with dial-in information that authenticates them.

More on Collaborate teleconference

Remove guest access

If you allow guest access and change your mind later, clear the Guest access check box in the session's Event Details tab. Any guest links that were previously shared will no longer work. The session is still active but the guest link is broken. Attendees will need to join from your course or email invitation.

Group Sessions


Group sessions

Improve critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability, and communication with group sessions. There are different ways you can set up group sessions.

  • Breakout groups: Use breakout groups during a session for in the moment group collaboration.
  • Multiple sessions: Create multiple sessions. If you want to run multiple sessions at the same time for students to use as virtual study room, for example, you can create multiple sessions for the different groups to join.
  • Course group tool: If it's for long term group work, create groups in your course and give access to a Collaborate session.