D2L - Which Should I Use? Blackboard Collaborate or Collaborate Ultra?

Learn more about the differences between Collaborate Classic, Collaborate Ultra, and how they may fit your needs as an instructor.

This is a comparison chart between Collaborate Classic and Ultra to aid in choosing the best option for your course.

Collaborate Classic requires additional software requirements, specifically Java, that make the initial start-up and log-in process more complicated. Collaborate Ultra is easier to use as it does not have the same software requirements, but it lacks some of the features that Classic has. Blackboard is working to bring the same features to Ultra that exist in Collaborate.

Comparison Chart
Features Collaborate Classic BB Ultra
Max. # Simultaneous Webcams 6 5
Max. # Simultaneous Audio 6 5
Max. # Participants unlimited 250
Chat Feature Yes Yes
Can Record Session Yes Yes (mp4)
File Sharing Capabilities Yes Yes
Screen Sharing Capabilities Yes Yes
Breakout Rooms (Group Work) Yes Yes
Remembers Content No Yes (some)
Browser Based (no download required) No Yes
Live Captioning No Yes
Students can Create a Session No No

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Keywords:Web conferencing, video conferencing, collaboration, blackboard, collaborate, office hours, guest lecture, ultra, d2l   Doc ID:75930
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2017-08-22 20:15 CSTUpdated:2019-12-30 10:51 CST
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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