Saying goodbye to Collaborate Ultra as of August 31, 2023?
Due to the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sold to Class and the expiration of the existing contract. With alternative tools like Zoom available, UFV has decided not to renew the contract.
As of August 31, 2023, UFV will be discontinuing the use of Collaborate Ultra as its virtual classroom tool. This means that all access, including stored recordings, will no longer be available after that date. Zoom Classroom (information here) will be used as its virtual classroom tool.
What does this mean for UFV faculty members?
If you have any course recordings stored in Collaborate Ultra that you wish to keep, it is recommended to download and save them elsewhere, such as the video platform Kaltura or to your UFV OneDrive account. It is advisable to do this as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time for retrieving important recordings.
Where can I get help downloading recordings and transitioning to Zoom?
Before September 1, 2023, please review the how-to guide on Transferring Collaborate Ultra Recordings to download Collaborate Ultra recordings.
From September 1, 2023, please create an IT Service Desk ticket using this link if you need to restore Collaborate Ultra recordings.
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is an online collaborative tool using conferencing technology, built into Blackboard!
You can use it in the following ways to facilitate online classroom interaction and student engagement:
- Synchronous class sessions, discussions or meetings, which can be recorded for later playback
- Application and whiteboard sharing, breakout groups, online polls
- Virtual office hours, tutoring sessions, web conferences, webinars
Please try to use Collaborate using fast, reliable Internet connections. The following PDF shows how instructors disable the telephony option: Collaborate Ultra - How to Disable Telephony Option (Moderator).
B] Internet Connections & Preparations: Wired connections (both on campus and at home) are strongly recommended. If you need to use wireless connections, please use EduRoam or fast, strong, secured wireless connections only. Please do not rely on wireless connections in public places such as coffee shops, malls and grocery stores. If you can't use a wired connection at all, please put your computer/device very close to your Internet modem.
Recommended Internet speeds: 50-100 mbps download & 5-10 mbps upload; Internet speed test on local servers (click here). Internet speed test on remote servers (click here).
Before you start Collaborate sessions, reboot your computer, close all the other programs & apps and use only Collaborate Ultra. Ask the other users in your places to stop using high-Internet-traffic programs & apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Skype, online games and so on while you are using Collaborate.
C] USB Headset or Mic & Headphones or Mic & Speakers: A high-quality USB headset is preferred. If you are going to use other headsets, mics & headphones or mics & speakers, please make sure that they are as good as a high-quality USB headset. Analogue mics tend to create lots of technical problems. So, a high-quality USB headset is always preferred. For instructors, Blue Yeti USB microphones are recommended.
D] Webcam (if you need to make a live video stream).
E] A few days before your first Collaborate session, please check if your course's main Collaborate session, headset (mics, headphones or speakers) and webcam work all right.