Live Events – Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

When you need to create an online event for larger groups, you have options. Microsoft Teams and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra are the two options available to you at UWM.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is available to all UW-System employees via the My UW System portal under Web Conferencing (Blackboard).


Non-UWM tools: Due to FERPA and other data privacy considerations, do not use other, non-sanctioned web conferencing software such as Zoom or Skype for any University business purposes.

Moderators/Session Leaders
Below we have highlighted some specific topics for moderators/session leaders. You may also start at the beginning by going to Collaborate Ultra Help for Moderators which contains links to the information below and more.

Getting Started with Collaborate Ultra for ModeratorsInformation about getting started with using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
Create and Edit SessionsCreate an event and begin entering details.
Invite AttendeesInformation you need to share your session via a personal or public link.
Moderate SessionsInformation on best practices for sessions, audio and video, share content, chat, breakout groups, polls, recordings, live closed captioning, and more.
Browser SupportCollaborate Ultra requires a modern browser with WebRTC (An open framework for the web that enables Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities in the browser.) support.
Session Best PracticesInformation for making a strong impression and providing a good experience.

Large sessions in Collaborate have over 250 and up to 500 users in the session. For this reason Blackboard turns off some of the features that can be disruptive in a session with that many attendees.

Participant permissions: Blackboard turns off these participant permissions.

  • Share audio
  • Share video
  • Post chat messages – Moderators can choose to turn chat on DURING a session.

Draw on whiteboards and files
The permissions are off for participants only. Moderators and presenters can still do all of these things.

Breakout groups: Blackboard also turns off breakout groups as the group is too large for small group collaboration.

Collaborate Ultra Tips

If Microsoft Teams does not give you the options you need, check out Collaborate Ultra for meetings of less than 250 participants. Here are some great links to get you started: