How to Create a Blackboard Collaborate Session

Yes! Blackboard Learn has a built-in virtual classroom system called Blackboard Collaborate (not to be confused with the Learn tool called Collaboration). You can use Blackboard Collaborate to meet with your class synchronously at a predetermined time. You can also record lectures in Blackboard Collaborate and have students view them at their convenience.  Follow the instructions below to create and deploy a Blackboard Collaborate session.

Step I: Schedule a Session
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Blackboard Collaborate.
  2. Click the Create Session button.
  3. Edit the session name, if desired.
  4. Set the Start Date and End Date.
  5. Edit other settings as desired.
  6. Click Submit to create the session.

Step II: Deploy the Session

You have two main options when deploying a Blackboard Collaborate session.

Option 1:

  1. After the session has been created, access it from Control Panel > Course Tools > Blackboard Collaborate.
  2. Click on the action link next to the session title and select Add Content Item.
  3. Select the content area where you’d like the Blackboard Collaborate link to display.
  4. Enter any optional instructions or display dates.
  5. Click Submit to populate the session in the content area for students to access.
Option 2:
  1. During the creation of the new session, click on the Content Area tab on top of the Create Session page.
  2. Follow steps 3-5 from Option 1.

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