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To maintain the highest continuity of service possible during COVID-19, Blackboard disabled certain non-essential features in Collaborate that can impact overall system stability. These features are:

  • Timer (a countdown timer that helps with classroom time management) 
  • Chat typing indicator (a visual indicator that someone is typing but have not yet completed their thought. The chat feature itself will still be available.) 
  • Netstats indicator (a visual indicator of connection quality next to each user)  

Use our Blackboard Collaborate Cheat Sheet to get started. 

As of June 1, 2020 Collaborate will support these browser versions:

  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium) 80+
  • Google Chrome 79+

All older versions of these browsers will no longer be supported. Update your browser to the latest version.

Watch the Skill Builder Collaborate webinar recording (August 2021)

Getting Started Guides

What's New in Bb Collaborate 

April 2021

  • 25 videos at a time in Gallery view
  • Whiteboard editing tools are easier to see. 

  • The Clear whiteboard tool is now a trash can
  • The Remove attendee option is now the last option in the Attendee controls menu

March 2020

  • AI chatbot available on some error pages and Report an Issue panel
  • Disconnection after 12 hours

January 2021

  • AI chatbot support via My Settings panel.
  • Availability status for recordings

December 2020

  • Chat mentions
  • Message formatting

October 2020

  • Profanity filter now includes English, Spanish, and French
  • Check recording status

September 2020 (upcoming)

  • Private recording links
  • Recording reminder

Review previous updates here or full release notes from Bb.