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Collaborate Update - Aug 2016

Here's everything you need to know about the August 2016 (v16.8) release of Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience.

Available August 6, 2016

Collaborate with the Ultra experience v16.8 will be deployed on August 6, 2016 in all data centers.

To learn more, see the Collaborate Support Bulletin (available in English only).

What's new and improved

We're continually evolving to improve the teaching and learning experience. In this release we focused on breakout groups.

Breakout groups

Remember when your teacher divided the class into groups to work on assignments together? Well, now moderators can do the same thing in the Collaborate Ultra virtual class environment!

Moderators can choose student groupings or allow Collaborate to randomly group students for them. They can also choose to let participants switch to another group, and even join a particular breakout group to help facilitate collaboration. 

In a group, participants experience a face-to-face collaborative environment.

Moderators and participants can: 

  • Communicate effectively with high quality video and audio.
  • Chat with a specific group or send messages to the entire class.
  • Share files and collaborate on the whiteboard.
  • Use Google ChromeTM  to share applications.

For ChromeTM users, please update to Chrome version 52 to ensure Breakout Groups function as expected.

To learn more about Breakout Groups in BbStudent, see the Bb Student release notes.

More on breakout groups for moderators

User experience updates

Based on your feedback we've made a couple of visual enhancements.

Known issues

Rome wasn't built in a day. The page below identifies known defects and workarounds in Collaborate with the Ultra experience.

List of known issues on Behind the Blackboard (available in English only)