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EIU Collaborate Ultra

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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. Using the recording feature, Collaborate Ultra can also be used to create video recordings and narrated PowerPoint presentations that can be easily linked within a course in D2L Brightspace.

Collaborate Ultra is the newest version of Blackboard Collaborate.  Collaborate Ultra is accessed through the content section of a course in D2L Brightspace and has been available at EIU since July 2018. 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)

NOTE:  The legacy version of Blackboard Collaborate (available through the online rooms tool in D2L Brightspace) will no longer be available beginning July 25, 2019. All instructors should be using Collaborate Ultra (located in the content section of a course in D2L) by that time.  Refer to the guides for more information regarding the use of Collaborate Ultra.


  • ADD COLLABORATE ULTRA TO A COURSE IN D2L BRIGHTSPACE:  To use Collaborate Ultra in a course in D2L Brightspace, the instructor must first add Ultra to a content module.
  • CREATING A SESSION IN D2L BRIGHTSPACEThis tutorial includes adding Collaborate Ultra to a course, the course room, creating a session, session settings, joining and inviting others to the session.
  • MODERATING AND PRESENTINGThis tutorial includes user roles, accessing a session, sharing content, recording, managing attendees, attendee reports, polling, breakout groups, and best practices for moderators.
  • CREATE A NARRATED POWERPOINT PRESENTATION VIDEO:  This tutorial demonstrates how to narrate and record a PowerPoint presentation in Collaborate Ultra and post a link in a content module in D2L for students to access and view the recording.


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

To request a Collaborate Ultra meeting room outside of D2L Brightspace, EIU faculty and staff can contact Julie Lockett at  

The written tutorials on this site are developed and brought to you by the

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

phone 217-581-7051 :: email :: web

Contact the FDIC for questions about the tutorials, to suggest topics for new tutorials, or to schedule a consultation appointment. The FDIC staff can recommend integration solutions using Collaborate Ultra and other instructional technologies for your online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

Technical Support for Collaborate Ultra

Call 217-581-HELP (4357), email, or contact the Instructional Support Specialist (ISS) for your department.

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Collaborate Administrator: Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

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