Statistics from Blackboard Collaborate sessions

If you need to keep an attendance register for your online sessions, you can access and download reports for Collaborate sessions.

What information is available?

The data that you can get from the report is:

  • Time and date of the session
  • Total number of attendees
  • The average time attendees spent in the session
  • Who entered when, and how long they stayed for
  • Whether they entered through Blackboard or a guest link

It is possible to view the report on the screen, and print it directly, or if you prefer, download it to Excel. Please note: the report does not include the attendee’s username or student number, so cannot be uploaded directly into the Grade Centre.

Blackboard has also announced the option to download a report on any polling done in the Collaborate session; this should be in place for the start of the academic year 2020/21.

How to access the reports?

The reports can be accessed by going to the list of Collaborate sessions for a module or programme. Find the session you would like the report for, and click on the circle icon on the right-hand side to access the Session options. This will open a pop-up menu where you will find the ‘View Reports’ options (see screenshot below).

Screenshot of Collaborate showing view Session Options link

All instances of someone going into the Collaborate session are recorded in here. You can filter by date if there are too many sessions in your list. Once you have found the session in question, simply click on the link to ‘View reports’ (see screenshot above).

Below is a screenshot of a report from a session with fictional students. If you need to print or export this data, go to the Tools section, which is highlighted and make your selection.

Screenshot of Collaborate showing the Interactive Tutorials Report

What about recordings of Collaborate sessions?

It is not possible to get reports on who has watched a recording of a Collaborate session in Blackboard.

To do this, you will need to download the recording from Blackboard and upload it to Panopto, where there is the option to view statistics on the recording. Please note: the chat pane in the Collaborate session is lost when downloading the recording, so if the chat  supports the learning outcomes of the session, please contact Learning Innovation Unit ( to talk about potential workarounds.

You also be interested in Accessing the Panopto Statistics.