COLLABORATE UE is a virtual classroom tool available on OWL as a plugin tool. The tool is provided by Blackboard. Some main features of this plugin tool include:

  • Ability to host an online class room where participants can listen and interact with their peers and instructors.
  • Options for the instructor to have an audio only session or a video and audio session.
  • Ability to screenshare to participants. Files/attachments can also be shared.
  • Participants can access sessions through their phones and through their computers.

To add COLLABORATE to your site, navigate to Site Info > Manage Tools. The tool can be found under the plugin tool section.

For more information about Collaborate at Western, please visit Virtual Classrooms at Western.
Information about using Collaborate can be found on Blackboard's Collaborate Help site.


Collaborate Classic Version (CV) Update - Updated 22 June 2020

Blackboard is discontinuing the Classic Version (CV) of Collaborate as early as August 1, 2020. In preparation for this change Collaborate CV can no longer be added to OWL sites. Existing CV sessions and recordings will be accessible up to August 1, 2020.

We strongly encourage classic users to begin downloading and storing any recordings you wish to keep, as accessing them after August 1, 2020 may not be possible.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Experience (UE) is not affected and will continue to be available.