Starting this Fall, the USF System is making Blackboard Collaborate Ultra available for use in all courses in Canvas.
What is Blackboard Collaborate Ultra? Ultra is a virtual classroom tool that allows you to host synchronous web meetings with your students online. It is similar to Google Hangout, Skype, and our current tool, Blackboard Collaborate. Ultra allows you to use video, audio, chat, polling and screen sharing to interact with your students.
One of the key differences from the original Collaborate is that Ultra is a web-based platform that will not require students to download and launch any programs or meeting files to join the session. This new method can save a lot of time and frustration for both instructors and students. It also boasts a more user friendly interface with intuitive design that makes it easy to interact.
The one feature that is not present in Ultra, but will remain a part of the original Collaborate, is the use of breakout rooms. If you tend to use your synchronous sessions for collaborative work among smaller groups, you may wish to stick with the original version of Collaborate.
To learn more about the Ultra experience, watch this video.
To learn more about using Ultra within your course, check out these resources from USF Health and Blackboard or contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services.