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Collaborate Ultra Update - Aug 2015

Here's everything you need to know about this update to Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience.


The "for Moderator" links in the table take you to the moderator help.

New Features and Updates
Feature Description
Accessibility Blackboard is committed to the highest level of accessibility for all our products and services. We design and build our products in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) Guidelines 2.0 Level AA.

The August update to Collaborate includes significant improvements for supporting screen readers and keyboard-only use cases. A formal audit of compliance with these standards is underway and formal documentation including a VPAT (Section 508) and WCAG compliance statement will be issued when the audit is completed. Accessibility issues should be reported through standard support channels.

MP4 Recordings Moderators can record their sessions in MP4 format. Recordings include audio, any content shared or active speaker video, and one of the caption tracks entered during the live session. Participants can stream shared recordings from any device.

Users can view the recordings as often as they want. There are no view limits.

The storage limit for sessions is 500GB per institution.

Profile Picture Participants can now use their webcam or camera to take a picture for their profile. Profile pictures can now be cropped to show what users want.
Recurring Sessions Moderators using the System Administrator Server (SAS) can now schedule recurring sessions.
Session Links Moderators can copy moderator and guest links for sessions from each session's settings panel on SAS.
Volume Control Participants can now adjust the volume of their microphone and speaker to be as loud or as quiet as they want.
Whiteboard Participants can enlarge the file and whiteboard sharing view to make it easier to read.


Blackboard Learn integration - Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience is available as a Building Block for the Original Course view of Blackboard Learn, including Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 and Blackboard Learn SaaS. To learn more, see Collaborate with the Ultra Experience in Blackboard Learn with the Original Course View.

Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI) compliant - Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience is LTI compliant through the Session Administration System (SAS). Users with LTI compliant Learning Management Systems (LMS) can have access to the Ultra experience of Collaborate from in their courses. To learn more, see LTI Compliant Learning Management Systems.

Moodlerooms integration - Collaborate with the Ultra experience is available as an activity module for Moodlerooms. Recordings are not included in this release. To learn more, see Moodlerooms Blackboard Collaborate Activity Module.