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.
|Features||Collaborate Classic||BB Ultra|
|Max. # Simultaneous Webcams||6||5|
|Max. # Simultaneous Audio||6||5|
|Max. # Participants||unlimited||250|
|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|
|Students can Create a Session||No||No|