Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a videoconference software accessible to all NDSU faculty through Blackboard.


Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing application. With screen sharing, breakout groups, virtual whiteboard, chats and polling it's a convenient solution for online classes or meetings at a distance.

Help, consultation, training

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Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Use of Blackboard

Getting Started

After selecting your course in Blackboard, go into the "Tools" section and click on the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra icon. This will start a videoconference connection accessible to all students in your class. In the connection, all participants can share video, audio and their computer screen with each other. The software furthermore allows for breakout groups, shared whiteboard annotation and recording.

Best Practices

For recurring classes, Blackboard course managers can create recurring Blackboard Collaborate Ultra meetings that can be accessed by course participants.

Learn More/How To's


Use Cases

Use to connect with others involved in a Blackboard Course for group discussions and virtual/HyFlex classes.

Universal Design/Accessibility

See more information with Blackboard Ally

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