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During the fall 2015 term, faculty and staff began using a new version of Blackboard Collaborate, accessed through the Collaborate Session Administration System (SAS) website to schedule and manage all Collaborate sessions.
After completing the upgrade to our campus Learning Management System, SacCT, this past December, faculty and staff now have access to the Blackboard Collaborate building block from SacCT. Thus, you can now schedule and access sessions and recordings from your SacCT course(s). Refer to the Blackboard Help - Schedule Sessions webpage to learn more.
If you are not using SacCT, you can schedule and access sessions from the Collaborate Session Administration System (SAS) external website. Access to this system requires an account. Please submit the Collaborate Account Request Form (faculty/staff) to request an account.
Collaborate is a real-time virtual classroom environment designed for Distance Education and Web Conferencing. Collaborate combines different collaboration, presentation and assessment tools which instructors can use to deliver a lecture, for office hours, advising sessions, group work, live discussions, or to create lecture recordings. Staff can take advantage of its web conferencing and presentation capabilities to hold meetings online.
Click image below for a larger view of the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing workspace.
The video tutorials and guides will introduce you to the Collaborate web conferencing user interface and basic tools.
Join this Sample Collaborate Session to try out different tools or features. Before joining this and other sessions, you will need to first download and install the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.
Instructors can schedule Collaborate sessions from any SacCT course, making it easy to combine live online sessions or recordings with other course content. Students and other course users can access sessions and recordings from the Blackboard Collaborate page in your course(s).
Click the image below for a larger view of the Blackboard Collaborate page in SacCT.
The Collaborate Session Administration System or SAS is an interface that can be used by instructors, staff and other meeting creators that do not have a SacCT course, to schedule, edit, and join meetings. Students and other meeting particpants can easily access Collaborate sessions and/or recordings through links provided by your instructor or moderator.
Click the image below for a larger view of the Blackboard Collaborate SAS interface.
Please select one of the links below to see information on how to access Collaborate as a Instructor/Moderator or as a Student/Participant.
Review the supported operating systems, browsers and recommended system specifications.
Install this utility for both Windows and Mac which provides a stable version of Java to launch sessions and recordings.
Refer to list of known issues for web conferencing, session administration system and mobile application.
Refer to the system status page for information about service interruptions and/or system outages. In addition, when scheduling sessions, please consider the scheduled maintenance time frame for Blackboard Collaborate SAS which is:
Submit the problem form to report any issues with Collaborate sessions and/or recordings.
The old Collaborate system will no longer be used to schedule meeting sessions. The new Collaborate Session Administration System, SAS should be used to schedule all new sessions and create recordings.
Access to previous semster recordings will be available until the end of the Fall 2015 semester. Please refer to the Collaborate Access to Past Recordings webpage.
Last updated: January 15, 2016