Blackboard Collaborate Features

Blackboard Collaborate

Online collaboration & web conferencing solution

4.18/5 (342 reviews)

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Blackboard Collaborate Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Blackboard Collaborate's features:

Nicole T.

Basic features but expensive

2018-07-15

Pros

All the standard learning management features.

Cons

Expensive for what you get and the customer services is horrible. New features do not come around too often.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 11-50 employees)

Blackboard is widespread but terrible

2018-04-01

Pros

Giant, bulky learning management programs try to do too much and do none of it well.

Cons

Similar programs are ubiquitous, so you need to know about them and students' and administrators' familiarity may make your life easier sometimes than trying to roll your own edtech setup.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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ANSUMAN S.

Good software for teaching large students

2020-03-30

It is useful to manage a class of several students for a course. But, the video tutoring feature is not well designed as skype/zoom.

Pros

It is a good software to manage the student assignments, participation points, grades and sending email in groups.

Cons

The video method of learning is not very well supported.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Juan Carlos G.

Integratingcollaborate

2021-02-11

Easy to integrate several options, excellent desing , easy to user and avaliable Intelligence data analisis.

Pros

Really easy to integrate with LTI functionality Several option to manage Handling admins and user options.

Cons

No direct integration for download the record of use you need to use api to get this information.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
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useful school assignment and grade software

2021-01-13

overall convenient one stop shop for everything related to my courses

Pros

I like that I can access my grades, submit assignments and participate in discussion boards all in one place

Cons

my least favorite feature is that the overall grade reporting system is a little confusing because of the weights of the grades

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Anonymous
(Education Management company, 1001-5000 employees)

Worked with Blackboard for several yrs obtaining two degress as an online student.

2018-08-06

It has been non-problematic and I've achieved to college degrees and would recommend to anyone looking to set-up a learning environment.

Pros

I like the ease and setup of the course in blackboard.

Cons

No cons regarding blackboard from a student's stance. It is really laid out where anyone can log in and find their way around after a brief tutorial.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Diego T.

Blackboard is so popular and so complicated

2020-06-27

It has helped me have a constant communication with my students and share content for my courses,

Pros

I'm a professor at college and using this the first semester was a little complex. "Easy stuffs" take time to learn, but when you're use to it, you really take advantage of it.

Cons

So the learning curve is high.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Neisha P.

BB as an Administrator & a Student

2018-12-22

I like Blackboard as a learning platform.

Pros

As a student the software is easy to use and has an easy to use dashboard. It is nice to be able to email other students or teachers, especially when you get to the university level.

Cons

I did not have many issues as a student, but as an administrator I found a few places with room for improvement. At times it was difficult to upload assignments, I would always get an error message. I know I am completing the correct steps because I have uploaded many assignments. Another issue I had was that this software always seemed to go down at the most in opportune times, like right before finals and then an extension had to be given to the students to be fair. I can't say if it was the fault of the school or the software, all I know is it is frustrating.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Tamika B.

An Instructor's Needed Resource!

2019-08-23

I use this software to course copy if there aren't any major changes in my courses.

Pros

The ease of usage with this software is comfortable as it is easy to comprehend.

Cons

The overall learning curve and navigation of this product are easy to comprehend.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Monica Anne R.

Students tool

2019-04-09

Blackboard collaborate benefits us alot.

Pros

It helps me to monitor on my students activities and blogs.

Cons

It doesn't have automated attendance that you can monitor students, for me it's a big deal because students will take advantage in that matter.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Maria O.

Blackboard continues to amaze with it's collaboration features

2019-08-11

Pros

Blackboard has all of the features we need from a collaboration standpoint to connect with educators and other students for adult learning, professional development and seminar based learning environments.

Cons

It's not as intuitive as Blackboard's Learn platform, it took a while for me to get used to the interface.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Ron A.

Fantastic collaboration platform!

2018-12-10

Pros

It is so easy to use and all of the course resources (outlines, notes, etc.) were easy to locate for each lesson

Cons

- File formats were limited in terms of what types of files could be hosted/played. - Blackboard would, on occasion, crash and cause me to relaunch the site. Not a huge deal as it didn't happen that often.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Patrick F.

Good interactive learning management system

2018-01-19

Pros

Very much like Moodle, Blackboard is a web-based service that's used in both the academic and business environments to help students and employees improve their learning experience.

Cons

There is a learning curve that soem users have sad is a bit long to grasp.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Ben B.

A lot or promise, but classrooms need to change for this to be that useful.

2018-04-30

This software extends learning beyond the bounds of a normal classroom, and opens up opportunities for new forms of learning.

Pros

Much of the functionality feels similar to existing and common software that users will likely be familiar with, so the learning curve is not steep.

Cons

Yes, there are features not dependent on real-time, two-way communication, and it can function without all users on board, but it can't replace many normal lecture/class use cases.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Lesley M.

BBCollaborate's a great platform for online learning

2020-09-24

Great platform, very popular with instructors and a smooth transfer from Canvas over to BBCollab for online lectures. Would like it to be set up better on iPads though.

Pros

Robust package of features for online learning and collaboration Relatively easy to use interface if you spend the time learning about all of the features Great for managing sessions with many registrants or students

Cons

Web based and app platforms don't seem fully compatible on iPads yet, if you're participating in a lecture and don't touch the screen or interact directly then your device will time out as if it's inactive

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 1001-5000 employees)

Excellent option for online learning

2020-10-07

Overall, Blackboard has been a great solution to online learning. I think it's an essential software for any e-class.

Pros

It has many tools, such as group email, and many ways to organize content. Administrators can add assignments to a calendar, and use the platform as a gradebook.

Cons

There is a brief learning curve to get used to the navigation.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(International Trade and Development company, myself only employees)

Solid collaboration and communication platform

2021-04-19

The general experience is that Blackboard Collaborate is a solid tool for collaboration, team and file management, and communication in video conferences.

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate has a broad range of features and comes along with high customizability. The video conferencing is very good, also in comparison with competitors, such as "ZOOM" and "Microsoft Teams".

Cons

A clearer and simplified design of the overlays could tremendously benefit these issues.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Kendra B.

Good virtual learning software

2020-03-10

Decent way to video chat with professors/teachers and learn course material.

Pros

Easy to use. Just find your class session and click to log in.

Cons

Mobile version needs to be updated substantially.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Kheirallah A.

Interconnected and Efficient

2021-01-21

This educational software has allowed me to easily access all my courses while having all the tools necessary to carry on my education.

Pros

This learning software has been such a blast to work with throughout being in university.

Cons

There is a learning curve that all users of this software must overcome to understand how to use this software.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jashanjeet B.

Excellent platform for completing assignments and collaborating with classmates and instructors

2020-06-13

Pros

My professors find it very easy to assign us tasks to complete at assigned due dates and have the ability to add other members to specific groups within the course. As an engineering student, collaboration is vital in my studies and Blackboard Collaborate allows me to message my peers and ask them questions, solve inquiries, etc.

Cons

Nothing is lacking apart from the occasional Blackboard crashes and service reports.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Wendy S.

Excellent way to participate in online graduate school courses

2019-04-30

Pros

As a student in an online graduate course that used this software for synchronous learning sessions, I was impressed with the ability to hear the professor lecture, participate in discussions (text and spoken), as well as share visuals with the group.

Cons

It can be difficult to keep up with the text stream and the live video stream at the same time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Austin B.

Blackboard Collaborate - A virtual classroom

2018-10-03

Overall, this software has made distance learning easy and interactive.

Pros

I've used the software for one my online learning classes.

Cons

I was having trouble connecting at first to my class room and getting the room setup but once I was in there I had no trouble. There was occasional lag with the webcams but once it leveled out all was fine.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Melissa T.

Very Suitable Virtual Classroom Environment

2021-06-03

I have been able to use its many features to promote engagement, learning, and safety.

Pros

Features like private chat, breakout rooms, screen sharing, polling, and file transfer are critical to maximizing learning and engagement in a virtual classroom.

Cons

The degree of resources required for screen sharing makes this an inaccessible feature for many students.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Sasha H.

Online classroom collaborative tool

2018-11-29

Pros

One feature that makes Collaborate stand out in the teaching/learning environment is the ability to provide universally accessible resources for students with learning disabilities.

Cons

We attempted to use this outside of the teaching environment, for business calls and it was a little clunky to navigate when compared to some of the other video conferencing tools out there.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Natalie R.

Good Interactive Tool

2019-07-11

Pros

Great tool for interactive learning for students and employees

Cons

FIle upload could be quicker than it is.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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