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Access the New Blackboard Collaborate

The new Blackboard Collaborate system is now available to faculty, staff and students. This version of Collaborate provides greater stability to launch sessions, recordings and mobile compatibility for participants (iOS and Android devices). Visit the different sections on this website to learn more.


If you would like to begin using the new Blackboard Collaborate this semester, please submit the Collaborate Account Request Form (faculty/staff) to request an account.


What is Collaborate?

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.

Watch the Tutorials

The video tutorials and guides will introduce you to the Collaborate web conferencing user interface and basic tools.

Sample Collaborate Session

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.

How do I Access Collaborate?

The Collaborate Session Administration System or SAS is the new interface that instructors, staff and other meeting creators will use to schedule, edit, and join meetings. Students and other meeting particpants can easily access SAS through links in SacCT courses or sent via email.

Click the image below for a larger view of the Blackboard Collaborate SAS interface.

Get Started

  1. Request a Blackboard Collaborate Account
  2. Login to Blackboard Collaborate SAS (Faculty/Staff only)
  3. Refer to the Instructor/Moderator Guide for details on how to schedule a Collaborate Session and access sessions.

Moderator and Participant Guides

Please select one of the links below to see information on how to access Collaborate as a Instructor/Moderator or as a Student/Participant.



Computer Setup

System Requirements

Review the supported operating systems, browsers and recommended system specifications.

Blackboard Collaborate Launcher

Install this utility for both Windows and Mac which provides a stable version of Java to launch sessions and recordings.

Known Issues

Refer to list of known issues for web conferencing, session administration system and mobile application.

System Status

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:

  • Thursday 11:00PM to Friday 3:00AM
  • Saturday 7:00PM to Sunday 3:00AM

Report a Problem

Submit the problem form to report any issues with Collaborate sessions and/or recordings.


How do I Access Past Collaborate 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: October 23, 2015   



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