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Blackboard Collaborate

Online collaboration & web conferencing solution

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Blackboard Collaborate Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Blackboard Collaborate product overview

What is Blackboard Collaborate?

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning solution which enables employees to fulfill training requirements anywhere, anytime, with audio, video and webcam support, file sharing, and mobile collaboration, plus an interactive whiteboard, chat functionality, and more.

Key benefits of using Blackboard Collaborate

  • Simple deployment, convenient access: Our browser-based and download-free, one-click virtual classroom and online collaboration tool leads to rapid adoption with minimal hand-holding. With broadened device support and a powerful mobile app, participation is possible anytime, anywhere

  • High quality Web RTC technology: High definition audio and video, faster, sharper application sharing and a thoroughly redesigned, modern user experience allow for a more personal, engaging experience.

  • Designed specifically for education & training: Focused on education and training, Blackboard Collaborate is designed for simplicity, accessibility and to support education and training workflows.

  • Tools such as an interactive whiteboard, polling, and breakout groups engage learners and integration with Blackboard Learn, Moodlerooms and any LTI-compliant LMS allow you to blend synchronous, asynchronous, and mobile capabilities.

  • Inclusive user experience: Designed in accordance with WCAG Guidelines 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 standards in the U.S. and always verified by a 3rd party, Collaborate ensures all employees have access to training and development opportunities
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    24/7 (Live rep)
    FAQs/Forum
    Knowledge Base
    Email/Help Desk
    Chat
    Phone Support

    Training options

    In Person
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Videos
    Live Online

    Blackboard Collaborate pricing information

    Value for money

    4.1

    /5

    385

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    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
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    Blackboard Collaborate features

    Functionality

    4.2

    /5

    385

    Total features

    37

    8 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Learning Management
    Reporting/Analytics
    Assessment Management
    Third Party Integrations
    Content Management
    Activity Tracking
    Compliance Management
    Electronic Hand Raising

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    Blackboard Collaborate users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.2

    /5

    385

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend7.73/10
    Rating distribution

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    7

    3

    Pros
    The overall quality, ease of use, features & functionality of blackboard make it a great software for college students and college campuses to invest in.

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    Christopher O.

    I really like the fact you can easily create teams, conferences and add users very efficiently. The sound and video quality are really good.

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    Anonymous Reviewer

    I like that students are able to get the immediate benefit of connections with their instructor & classmates with the flexibility of being at home.
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    Alison J.

    Cons
    The support was horrible, most of them are salesman and when they redirect to the specialist at the end is openning a ticket because they do not know neither.

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    Eugenio C.

    Uploading finished assignments were a real pain. The documents videos needed to be no more than a few.

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    Inguwed G.

    No direct integration for download the record of use you need to use api to get this information. We had a problem with the LTI the integration started to direct any group to the same room.
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    Juan Carlos G.

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    Overall Rating

    Easy to Use

    Reviewed 4 months ago

    Transcript

    Speaker 1: Hi, I'm Tiana. I am a senior ABA therapist. I give Blackboard Collaborate a five out of five....

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    Nehemiah K.

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    Overall Rating

    Blackboard Collaborate Makes Classes Easier

    Reviewed a year ago

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    Nehemiah K.: Hi, my name is Nehemiah. I'm a graduate student, and I give Blackboard Collaborate a five...

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Very simple and intuitive.

    Reviewed 11 days ago

    Blackboard Collaborate is an excellent tool which is very effectively in educational environments however for SMEs there are better alternatives with similar features at lower prices.

    Pros

    Blackboard Collaborate is a simple and powerful tool. Features like creating groups and file sharing allow users to improve their user experience while using the software. I appreciate that the video quality would be stable despite of the difficulties in connectivity we could experience. What I like the most is the fact that you do not need to download any additional app to use this software on your phone.

    Cons

    I have not had any problems while using the app however I think that some additional functions can be implemented such as a button to control the level of audio, annotations and a video speed controller.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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    Understanding Blackboard Collaborate

    Reviewed 6 months ago

    The overall experience is good as the demands form the software are being met

    Pros

    The software is suited for online classes. The software has what is described as two factors authentication prior to sharing sound and video

    Cons

    The bandwidth needed to participate on this platform is high therefore a strong network connection is needed to actively participate.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Bb Collaborate Brings Life to Online-Learning Courses

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    Overall, I am very happy using Blackboard Collaborate for my online asynchronous (speech communication) courses, as they have made my transfer to online teaching such an easy one! I can't think of a better way to present material for students, and to help individuals during coaching sessions and meetings. So easy to use, presenting in an inviting and simply way (visually) and my students have found it easy to use as well.

    Pros

    The easy to use Bb Collaborate helps keep an online class alive. The recording options allows teachers to teach an online course, have the experience recorded, and then uploaded for later viewing for those students unable to attend live. For asynchronous classes, setting up individual meetings, or sessions for coaching students (especially for speech communication courses) is so helpful, easy to use,...

    Cons

    Some of the "how to" features when searching for help in using the application were not as clearly presented (there's a lot to navigate through on those help pages), but this is the only aspect of this teaching tool that I would re-visit. The rest of the software hasn't show to be difficult to use, in any way.

    Overall Rating
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    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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    Good idea, but doesn't live up to expectations

    Reviewed a month ago

    Overall I don't think I would use it again. I prefer Zoom.

    Pros

    I like that it is integrated into Blackboard, that you can use it with those that don't have BlackBoard and that the recordings are saved to Blackboard

    Cons

    You can't view all participants at once and the video quality is low. And it doesn't always work.

    Overall Rating
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Online Learning Platform

    Reviewed 7 days ago
    Pros

    A great software for large class groups with features geared towards teaching and learning. The option to record meetings and save to the cloud makes it a great platform for creating pre-recordings for classes. The breakout room feature makes it easy to manage large groups by separating them and visiting each group individually. The amount of control provided to the host over the features is great for class management.

    Cons

    For sessions to run smoothly the internet connection has to be extremely fast. The bandwidth requirement for use of this software is very high and causes students to disconnect frequently. The platform can glitch at times and may require a restart before normal use can be resumed.

    Blackboard Collaborate FAQs and common questions

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Blackboard Collaborate offer?

    Blackboard Collaborate has the following pricing plans:
    Pricing model: Free, Subscription
    Free Trial: Available


    Q. Who are the typical users of Blackboard Collaborate?

    Blackboard Collaborate has the following typical customers:
    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Q. What languages does Blackboard Collaborate support?

    Blackboard Collaborate supports the following languages:
    English


    Q. Does Blackboard Collaborate support mobile devices?

    Blackboard Collaborate supports the following devices:
    Android, iPad, iPhone


    Q. Does Blackboard Collaborate offer an API?

    No, Blackboard Collaborate does not have an API available.


    Q. What other apps does Blackboard Collaborate integrate with?

    Blackboard Collaborate integrates with the following applications:
    CANVAS, Schoology


    Q. What level of support does Blackboard Collaborate offer?

    Blackboard Collaborate offers the following support options:
    24/7 (Live rep), FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support

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