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EIU Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra  Collaborate Ultra image

Collaborate is a web-based video conferencing system allowing participants to engage in two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, breakout rooms, polling and session recording. 

Collaborate Ultra is the newest version of Blackboard Collaborate.  Ultra opens directly in the browser and does not require a separate download, installation, or Java. The sleek and intuitive design gives a clutter-free experience that puts everything at your fingertips. It’s now easier than ever to lead virtual classes, office hours, tutoring and mentoring sessions, departmental meetings, professional development, and more. Using Collaborate Ultra, you will be able to have more collaborative, interactive learning experiences.

Highlights of Collaborate Ultra (pdf)

Instructors can easily create Collaborate Ultra sessions in the content area of a course in D2L Brightspace.  A step-by-step guide is linked below along with other guides.  To request a meeting room outside of D2L Brightspace, EIU faculty and staff can contact Julie Lockett at  

The legacy version of Blackboard Collaborate will remain available through the online rooms tool in D2L Brightspace at this time.  When the legacy version is eventually removed, announcements will be made in advance.


NEW Recommended Version:  COLLABORATE ULTRA, accessed in a content module of a course in D2L Brightspace.  Completely web-based. (Follow the guide below to add Ultra to a content module.)

OLD Version:  BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE, accessed through online rooms in a course in D2L Brightspace.  Web-based but requires download and installation of a collab file as well as the use of Java.  The legacy version will remain available for now but will be discontinued in the future.


Includes adding Collaborate Ultra to a course, the course room, creating a session, session settings, join and invite others to the session.

Includes roles, accessing a session, sharing content, recording, managing attendees, attendee reports, polling, breakout groups, and best practices for moderators.

Collaborate Ultra: USER GUIDE
Includes system requirements, accessing a session, audio & video, participant best practices, using chat, providing feedback, Collaborate Ultra interface & tools, accessing session recordings.

Mini Guides

Collaborate Ultra: AUDIO & VIDEO SETUP

Video Tutorials

Video: Collaborate Ultra USER INTERFACE TOUR (2:14)

Video: Collaborate Ultra SHARING POWERPOINT FILES (2:19)

Video: Collaborate Ultra SESSION SETTINGS (1:56)

Video: Collaborate Ultra POLLING (1:06)

Video: Collaborate Ultra BREAKOUT GROUPS (0:57)

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Contact Information

EIU User Services


Collaborate Administrator: Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

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