Blackboard Collaborate May 2016 Update

Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing will be unavailable May 14th at 10:00 PM until May 15th 2:00 AM for scheduled fixes and updates.

The update includes the emoji pack that supports diversified emojis and Unicode-8 characters. Use one of five supported skin tones on any human emoji. Add underscore, tone, and the supported tone number (1 through 5) to your emoji when typing. Make sure to include the colons on either end of your emoji text. Example: :wave_tone5:

A few notable fixes include:

  • Resolved an issue in recording that would skew the audio from application/screen share.
  • Resolved an issue where a recording might not be available if it was started while sharing a file or whiteboard
  • Resolved an issue converting and sharing slides with transparent backgrounds

Blackboard Collaborate February 2016 Update

Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing February update focuses on improving network indicators, recording quality, and more guidance using a phone to call into a session.

  • Users will have the ability to see who is speaking and who has their audio turned on
  • A user can tell when others in the session can see their video
  • New indicators have been added that tell users when someone is in the process of joining your session, if users are connected, and the status of their connection
  • Easier phone connection to a session
  • Improved the quality of session recordings
  • Support native Maori speakers

Web conferencing service will be unavailable during this update starting Saturday, Feb 20th at 10:00 PM EST. The service should be available by February 21 at 1:00 AM EST.

Blackboard Collaborate December 2015 Update

Collaborate December update focuses on improving the teaching and learning experience.  This release includes the following features:

  • Moderators and participants will be able to call into a session using their phone
  • Sessions can be hosted with up to 100 participants
  • Moderators will have the ability to chat with each other in a private chat channel while in a session
  • The WebRTC experience will be supported in both Google Chrome™ and Mozilla Firefox® and the Flash® experience in Microsoft Internet Explorer® and Apple Safari® browsers