Blackboard Collaborate Features List

Blackboard Collaborate Reviews

Blackboard Collaborate

Online collaboration & web conferencing solution

4.07/5 (101 reviews)
38,473

Blackboard Collaborate Feature Summary

  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Responsive design
  • Polling
  • High definition audio & video
  • WCAG Guidelines 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 compliance
  • Closed captioning
  • File sharing
  • Participation management
  • Participation engagement
  • Roll call
  • Guest speakers management
  • Mobile collaboration
  • Breakout rooms
  • Conferencing recording
  • LTI integration
  • Class scheduling
  • 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

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Blackboard Collaborate Feature Reviews

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

Kelly Wojnovic

Great Experience

2018-01-17

Makes online management so easy!

Pros

This was used for a graduate class. It was easy to use and seemed very simple.

Cons

I think a way to improve this program would be to make it easy to use on mobile devices.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

0/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 51-200 employees)

Good collaborative tool for long-distance learning

2018-01-27

Pros

Lots of useful features for professors and students that makes online learning feel more personal.

Cons

Sometimes students find that the more people in attendance, the more instance of freezing and errors.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Hillary Gale

I used BlackBoard as a student.

2018-02-07

Pros

This software allowed me to register for classes, register for graduation, view my grades, and access online courses all in one place.

Cons

I think the software system should develop an app for IOS and android that allows students to be notified when a class opens up.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Emily Cleary

Blackboard is a great LMS

2016-12-06

I managed all of my classes with it easily online, and the app version of it was valuable to students.

Pros

The app version of Blackboard made connecting students to their courses much easier.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Courtney Carpenter

Great tool for college classes.

2017-06-07

Saved time and effort during a busy college life.

Pros

There is so much to keep track of with classes, assignments, grades, etc. and blackboard lets everything stay in one place so students and teachers aren't spending too much time just locating items.

Cons

It can be a little glitchy at times but overall, the pros greatly outweigh the cons for blackboard as a student.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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John Daly

Good for college use

2016-12-30

This software was utilized by my college university to maintain our courses and provide a communication line between teachers and students. It worked well enough for our needs.

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Source: Capterra
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Qiang Mei

A great tool for online courses or web conferences

2018-03-13

Pros

I am a part-time graduate student and took several online courses to save commute time.

Cons

You will need strong internet connection to make it work well. If the internet slows down, you may get kicked out of BB collaborate. It is not very intuitive and it may require some training before you know how to use it properly.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Virginia Smirniotis

Blackboard Learning

2017-03-12

Pros

Easy to use and notification service helpful.

Cons

Interface needs better user design with improved streamlining and user experience required.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Software Advice
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Lauren Masino

Great software for online schooling, but has limitations

2017-10-25

I do wish that I could change the name of a student who logs in.

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate makes it simple for me to attend online meetings and meet virtually with my students across the state of Florida.

Cons

It seems like the higher the attendance, the more likely these errors are.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Kelly Del Sorbonne

Student Perspective

2016-11-09

As a student, I use blackboard daily for my courses, I find it simple to navigate, however sometimes the layout of the documents and work is confusing and often times not aesthetically pleasing.

Pros

Great for student and teacher interaction as well as inter student discussion,

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Patrick Fenton

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

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 51-200 employees)

Great conferencing tool at school

2018-03-30

Pros

I enjoy using this as a student.

Cons

I've experienced some slowness when logging into a course with a large group of people.

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Other

Source: Capterra
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Brittany Carter

Getting use to it

2018-01-19

Pros

Like that you can still connect with teachers and students in a course through instant chatting.

Cons

Although a lot of features are available may take some getting use to if you do not have a technological background.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Michael Galbincea

It works

2017-03-12

Pros

It add into our LMS with out any issues and is a one click solution to live classes and office hours

Cons

It can confuse students at times with it's interface.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
( company, 11-50 employees)

Good collaboration tool for teachers and students

2018-04-30

Pros

Very useful for connecting with other students and the professor.

Cons

Good when it was up of course.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Mark Fitzgerald

It has been a challenge to support

2017-11-27

It allows us to teach classes online with audio and video.

Pros

It is fairly easy to setup and assign to a class.

Cons

It has a challenging interface for students to use. It leads to a lot of phone calls asking for help.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Ben Bailey

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

The platform is also accessible for students with language and physical needs, which really extends the lecture opportunities in ways not really available in a real classroom.

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

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Nancy McCarthy

Blackboard Collaborate is easy to use!

2018-05-04

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate is super easy to use in teaching students. Students are apprehensive at first but the tools are simple to use and they are comfortable after a short time.

Cons

Had some concerns with recording sessions and hsd to use main room to record. Figured out how to record in breakout room so all is well.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Angela Scott

Great educational organization software

2018-03-09

Pros

Whether high school or college, it allows them to be open with students and easily send out updates.

Cons

There was some connectivity issues when using the video chat feature when collaborating in a class. The user face could be updated.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Tony Hynes

Made it easy to collaborate with groups members on projects/assignments and hit deadlines

2018-05-09

Being able to access course information on the fly, all online

Pros

The ability to join forces online with fellow groups members on a specific project or task, and work together within the platform to finish our tasks by the deadline.

Cons

Video wouldn't always work, seemed like the IT department was the place to go for all issues and they didn't always have a full handle on how portions of Blackboard itself worked.

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: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

I use blackboard as a student for online courses.

2018-04-30

Pros

This tool is great for engaging in online classes. The lesson can be live or saved and watched later which is great for studying.

Cons

Blackboard is not the best learning platform.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
( company, 201-500 employees)

My classes occur in classroom and I use this platform as an virtual educative experience

2018-02-06

A good platform for a virtual experience educational

Pros

To assign or change the session-role with the students has been a great experience: let them drive the class and expose their jobs from their device, sharing their desktop, letting them to use any software to show it.

Cons

I must take time to teach/familiarize previously for the students in the use of the platform, it is not an intuitive software.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Kelly Wojnovich

Easy to use

2018-01-30

Pros

I used it for many online college courses. It keeps everything organized and allows people to collaborate.

Cons

It can be difficult to navigate at first. I also think it could benefit from being more user friendly.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Abigail Loyd

Easy to use

2017-03-14

Pros

Blackboard is easy to use for students and professor, it's nice to have all of our classes and information located on one platform.

Cons

Our school sometimes shuts down Blackboard or has an outage, I'm not sure if this is the fault of FSU or Blackboard

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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