Delivering webinars: Guides for using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

This article provides written and video guidance material for using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to deliver webinars (live lectures and lessons delivered virtually). For an overview and related articles, see our main page on Blackboard Collaborate webinars.

Written guidance for teaching staff

The LIU have prepared a guide to delivering webinars for teaching staff: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Presenter Guide.

Guidance for students

The LIU have produced a guide to webinars for students: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Participant’s Guide. Please include this link for them on your module/programme site.

Video guidance for teaching staff

The LIU have produced a series of video guides which take you through each step you need to complete in order to successfully set up, deliver and record a webinar using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The videos are each a few minutes long and have closed captions available. Transcripts are available here.

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Video contents

Basic delivery

Videos 1-9 cover the essentials.

  1. Add Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to your module site main menu
  2. Create a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra webinar
  3. Join the session [the webinar]
  4. See who has joined the session [webinar]
  5. Deliver your webinar part 1: communicate using the microphone and webcam
  6. Deliver your webinar part 2: share a PowerPoint presentation
  7. Record your webinar
  8. Exit the webinar
  9. Access webinar recordings

Advanced delivery

These videos cover tools and functions that you may wish to use in order to get the most from Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Although we have described these tasks as advanced, they do not require specialist skills but will require some time and planning to be effective.

  1. Deliver your webinar part 3: share your screen
  2. Deliver your webinar part 4: teaching using the ‘raise hand’ tool
  3. Deliver your webinar part 5: using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra instant messaging (‘chat’)
  4. Deliver your webinar part 6: mute all microphones

Specifications – software and kit

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra works best in the latest version of Chrome, but should also work in the newer versions of other browsers. It will not work in Internet Explorer.

The written guidance for staff and students includes important information about the software and hardware required for a successful webinar under the subheading ‘Setting up’. Please read the information before you start.

Further help

If you have any queries about the above please do not hesitate to contact the LIU by email:

Please also refer to UWE’s Collaborate guidance, which includes a link to a comprehensive manual.