Blackboard Collaborate Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Blackboard Collaborate

Online collaboration & web conferencing solution

4.18/5 (317 reviews)

Blackboard Collaborate 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.

Today’s geographically dispersed workforces, flexible hours and demanding work schedules can make in-person training and development expensive and inconsistent, if not impossible. Organizations need a dynamic tool that allows learners to be actively engaged virtually, participating in training, gaining new skills, and learning from their peers “face-to-face” no matter where they are. Blackboard Collaborate's 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.
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Pricing

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Devices

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United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China, India

Supported languages

English
Blackboard Collaborate screenshot: Universal accessibility means that anyone can engage and participate in the teaching and learning experienceWeb Conferencing for Professional EducationBlackboard Collaborate screenshot: Blackboard collaborate is accessible on any internet-enabled device, including desktop, laptop, tablet and mobileBlackboard Collaborate screenshot: Share files quickly and easily with drag and drop toolsBlackboard Collaborate screenshot: The raising hand feature tracks the order in which hands are raised and lets the moderator call on participantsBlackboard Collaborate screenshot: Profile pictures personalize the learning experience and can represent users in place of videoBlackboard Collaborate screenshot: Instant, convenient chat with all participants promotes participation

Blackboard Collaborate user reviews

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Gabriela Rivera

Blackboard Collaborate Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-05-19
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with Blackboard Collaborate is always amazing. My grades have improved so much with this and I have been so much more organized because it comes with a calendar and reminder of when assignments are due and I never miss an assignment.

Pros
A feature that I absolutely love about this software is the breakout rooms for group projects. I love that professors can break us into groups and it is not difficult to see in Blackboard. I love how easy it is to use this software. I also love that I get to see my professors feedback on any assignments that have been graded. I love seeing the exact percentage as well instead of it saying "B+". I absolutely love Blackboard!

Cons
One feature that I hope that this software improves is sharing the computer audio. It would be really helpful to get audio instead of text because I feel like it is easier to communicate faster and a lot more easier than text. Either way I highly recommend this software because It has helped me be more organized. There are no features that are difficult.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Classroom Video conferring

Used occasionally for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-10-24
Review Source: Capterra

my overall experience of Blackboard Collaborate is good

Pros
As opposed to web casting and video conferencing software, Blackboard Collaborate has interrogations and features that are specifically designed for engagement with the learners/audience

Cons
I am a new user of the Blackboard Collaborate's license so far nothing to complain about. Although the budget for this product is more expensive than our previous option

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Sashana Butler

Very Interactive and Easy to Use!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-11-26
Review Source: Capterra

Blackboard Collaborate was definitely the right choice. I enjoy using this platform and would definitely recommend it as an ideal platform for e-learning.

Pros
Blackboard Collaborate makes e-learning interactive and hassle-free. I am a university student and the administration decided, when the lockdown started in March, to use this platform to facilitate online learning. When I was introduced to the interface in the beginning, I found that it was very easy to navigate. It offers a tour of the interface which proved to be quite helpful. However, Blackboard is so simple and easy to use that you won't have difficulty using it without the tour/tutorial. The labels are accurate, and everything is easy to find and well organized. The e-classroom features include options to use video, audio and the chat, where everyone can type and interact throughout class time with the use of emoticons/emojis. Teachers can share their screens, record sessions, create polls, create break out groups for group work and more. Blackboard Collaborate can be used on tablets, laptops and phones. It is perfect for online learning.

Cons
There is really nothing to dislike about Blackboard Collaborate. It ticks all the boxes and really does take much of the dreariness out of the virtual learning platform. Although e-learning is definitely not comparable to face-to-face learning, Blackboard Collaborate makes it much easier to adapt.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Regina Henares

Good for the basics of remote classroom learning

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-10-13
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I think Blackboard is an adequate software for classes to use as far as the basics go (e.g. putting syllabi and class readings online, administering quizzes and tests, grading). The look and feel of the software can be improved upon and it can be made more user-friendly, but overall, it does an okay job.

Pros
I like that it has the basic features needed for this type of software, such as the ability to administer and grade quizzes online. It is pretty intuitive to use, but it could be better.

Cons
The whole program looks and feels very dated. Because it looks so dated, it feels like it has not been upgraded in a while and could be difficult to use. It surprisingly is pretty intuitive to use however, but there are still ways that it could be improved upon. For example, grading assignments can be made an easier task that does not need to be featured on a separate page.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Diego Galicia

Workable, but lacking in reliability

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-10-10
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Great for large groups, has enough features to keep up with the competition including: breakout rooms which work great, screen sharing, whiteboard for demonstrations, moderating for a smooth meeting flow. It's somewhat easy to use, so that's always a plus.

Cons
My biggest problem is reliability and stability. The software has crashed on me quite often, even with a robust and very capable laptop. For a software that's supposed to make collaboration easy, these issues are big drawbacks for me, and it's why we switched back to our original software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Blackboard Collaborate pricing

Pricing options
One time license
Subscription
Free trial
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Blackboard Collaborate features

Activity Tracking
Assessment Management
Content Management
Learning Management
Third Party Integration

API (187 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (219 other apps)
Attendance Management (124 other apps)
Attendance Tracking (122 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (132 other apps)
Blended Learning (117 other apps)
Calendar Management (111 other apps)
Communication Management (155 other apps)
Course Authoring (150 other apps)
Customizable Branding (126 other apps)
Data Import/Export (124 other apps)
Progress Reports (144 other apps)
Progress Tracking (153 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (220 other apps)
Student Management (110 other apps)

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Additional information for Blackboard Collaborate

Key features of Blackboard Collaborate

  • Responsive design
  • Polling
  • Closed captioning
  • Participation management
  • Participation engagement
  • Roll call
  • Guest speakers management
  • Mobile collaboration
  • Breakout rooms
  • Image management
  • Page explorer
  • Twemoji support
  • Group chat
  • Lecture mode
  • Private chat
  • Displays up to 5 videos at once
  • Follow the speaker layout
  • Flipped lesson publishing
  • Visual selection menu
  • Real time annotations & text
  • Whiteboard text editing
  • Blackboard Learn integration
  • Content sharing
  • Class assessment
  • WCAG Guidelines 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 compliance
  • File sharing
  • LTI integration
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Class scheduling
  • Conferencing recording
  • High definition audio & video
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Benefits

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