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Which Experience Should I Use?

Not sure if you're ready to move to the new Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience? Let us help you decide.

With the Ultra experience, Blackboard provides a fully redesigned, high quality, browser-based web conferencing solution that makes distance teaching and learning simple, crystal clear, and worry free.

Consider using the Ultra experience if you use office hours, lectures, and small group collaboration. On the other hand, you may want to stay with the Original experience for now if you have large group collaboration, do deep teaching and learning, and have large-scale webinars.

Scenario Recommendations
Scenarios Use the Ultra Experience Use the Original Experience
Office hours (for example: one-on-ones, student support, drop-ins) graphic yes  
Lectures (up to 250 participants) graphic yes  
Small group collaboration (up to 100 participants) graphic yes  
Provide accessible alternatives to audio content for participants who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as for participants whose native language is different from the moderator's graphic yes  
Sessions that can be accessed from Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 and Learn SaaS graphic yes  
Sessions that can be accessed from Moodlerooms graphic yes  
Sessions that can be accessed from another Learning Management System (LMS) that is LTI compliant graphic yes  
Record sessions graphic yes  
Deep teaching and learning that uses polling, breakout groups, and so on graphic yes  
Large scale webinars (up to 1000 participants)   graphic yes
Large group collaboration (up to 1000 participants)   graphic yes

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