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We redesigned some features in Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience.

This topic is an overview of Collaborate with the Ultra experience.

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Feature Description
Application Sharing Application sharing is noticeably faster and easier to use. Application sharing uses the new WebRTC standard giving a high definition experience with superior image quality.

Restriction: Application sharing requires an extension on Google ChromeTM and Firefox® (version 49+).

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Audio and Video The Ultra experience uses the new WebRTC standard giving a high definition experience with superior image and sound quality for users with Google Chrome and Firefox (version 49+). Browsers that do not yet support WebRTC receive audio, video and application sharing using a Flash plugin.

Audio and video turn off briefly for all users when a session first reaches 150 participants. The session moves to a dedicated server so it can continue to grow.

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Breakout Groups 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.

Breakout groups can be turned off if you want. Submit a request to turn off Breakout groups on Behind the Blackboard (available in English only)

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Chat Users can still chat during a session. Moderators may disable chat in their session. The emoji pack for Collaborate with the Ultra experience supports diversified emojis and Unicode 8 characters.

Collaborate's chat history only has 50 messages displayed at any given time.

Restriction: Private chat is only available for moderators.

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File Sharing Like application sharing, file sharing is faster and easier to use. Uploaded files are accessible during the specific session they are uploaded to. After creating a session, moderators can open it any time and load the files they want to share. These files stay in the session until deleted by a moderator.

Restriction: Users can upload PPT, PPTX, PDF, and most image files at this time.

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First Time Connection Walkthrough Users are presented with a choice to switch to the Ultra experience.
Live Closed Captioning Sessions can now include live closed captioning. Moderators must make participants captioners. Captioners type what is being said during a session. Other participants can view what is being typed in real time. You can have multiple captioners for multiple languages.

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Recording Moderators can record their sessions and share them. The recordings are saved as MP4 files. Users can stream or download them to view them. Recordings capture the audio, video, and any content that is shared during a session. Recordings also capture any real time captions or subtitles available during the session. If there are more than one captions available during the session, the recording will capture only the first one.

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Navigation Navigation in Collaborate with the Ultra experience is simple and intuitive. Everything users need is available exactly when they need it. The interface dynamically adapts to all activity in the session, putting the focus on who is speaking and any content that is being shared.

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Polling Moderators can poll participants at any time using one of five different types of polls: Yes/No and multiple choice (1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5).

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Profiles Users have access to simple profiles with their names and the ability to add profile pictures.
Reports Moderators can access a Session attendance report that tells them when participants joined and left their sessions.

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Whiteboard Users have access to a basic whiteboard, which includes basic annotation and text entry tools for making edits.

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Users can be moderators, presenters, participants, and captioners in the Ultra experience.

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Feature Description
Accessibility Some of the accessibility features include full-screen reader support of all key workflows, whiteboard activities, and uploaded files. Global keyboard shortcuts for common actions are also supported.

The Ultra experience now provides live closed captioning. This provides an accessible learning experience for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as for students whose native language is different from the moderator's.

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API Framework Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience uses REST APIs for custom LMS integrations.

The public Collaborate APIs have been updated to include scheduling session, requesting session links, and attendance. Please contact Blackboard Services for more information.

Connection Efficiency The Ultra experience uses WebRTC encoding.

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Deployment Collaborate is a SaaS deployment.
Downloads The Ultra experience is entirely browser-based. No downloads or installs are required.
Localization Collaborate with the Ultra experience supports these language preferences:

Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Maori, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese for Portugal, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish (Universal), Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, UK English, US English, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

Integrations The Ultra experience is available through the following means.

The public Collaborate APIs have been updated to include scheduling session, requesting session links, and attendance. Please contact Blackboard Services for more information.

Mobile Browsers on mobile devices are supported on Windows® touch devices such as the Surface at this time. Users can choose to use either the Bb Student mobile app or the device browser.

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Telephony With Integrated Telephony, you don't need your own teleconference provider. The teleconference service is provided by Blackboard Collaborate. Teleconference phone numbers and PINs are automatically generated during session creation. Anyone can dial into the session and initiate the connection between the session and the teleconference bridge.

We supply a Virginia-US number for U.S. and Canada, a UK number for Europe, and a Sydney number for Australia. Long distance and international calling charges may apply.

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