What is Blackboard Collaborate™?
(formerly called Elluminate)

Narrate a PowerPoint presentation online live with this Web conferencing system made for higher education. Students may participate in the session with two-way audio, text messaging, a shared whiteboard, polling and more.

Screen shot of Elluminate

Key Features

Blackboard Collaborate includes the following features.

Shareable, Interactive Whiteboard
Import images and PowerPoint slides. Illustrate in real time with built-in drawing tools.
Clear, Two-way Audio Over the Internet
Push-to-talk hot key makes live voice communication easy.
Universal Access
Works with Windows, Macintosh, broadband and dialup.
Intuitive, Easy-to-Use Interface
Participants quickly get up to speed and are then free to focus on the conference.
Designed with Pedagogy in Mind
Not just a Web conferencing application, Collaborate was designed for teaching and learning.
24/7 Support
Blackboard provides support by telephone and online around the clock.
Robust Moderator Tools
Instructors monitor and control the conference environment.
Emoticons
Get a feel for what's going on "out there" with affective feedback from students.
Polling
Push a question to your students and get immediate feedback.
Direct Text Messaging
Instant public and private messaging offers another avenue of communication during conferences.
Accessibility
Collaborate facilitates accessibility for all participants, including those with physical disabilities.
Faculty and Student Upload of Presentation Material
During an Collaborate session, students as well as faculty can illustrate points by sharing materials that become instantly available to the whole class.
Pilot Integration
You can now access and manage your Collaborate sessions from within your Pilot course.

For more information and to get started using Collaborate, see Using Collaborate for Faculty