Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing - Getting Started

After June 30, 2021, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will no longer be available. UW-Madison recommends using Zoom as a replacement for instructional and non-instructional web conferencing purposes. For more information, please seeĀ Blackboard Collaborate - Service Ending June 30, 2021

This document provides useful information for new users of the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing service.


Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing can be used by instructors, students, researchers, administrators and other UW employees and affiliates for online meetings and sessions. A more detailed overview can be found in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Overview (UW-Madison) document.

You can access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra via through Canvas and the MyUW portal


These are the two primary Blackboard Collaborate roles:

Training Resources:

Blackboard has a wealth of knowledge and information on their website, and we have also created documentation for web conferencing. These resources have been pulled together into handy collections to help you locate the most relevant information.

If you are new to Blackboard Collaborate, you should look at the following: