To complement our existing Collaborate Troubleshooting Guides, here are some tips to help you get up and going with Collaborate Ultra. Last updated: 11.03.2021.
- Six Key Steps – The main things to try that will solve most issues
- I can’t connect/it won’t load/I keep getting kicked out
- I can’t upload and/or share my file
- I’m having problems sharing my screen/application/browser tab
- I can’t hear other people and/or see cameras (or they can’t see/hear me)
- Anything else
Six key steps
These six steps will resolve/identify most problems:
- Make sure you’re using a recent version of a supported browser*
- (If using Chrome) make sure you’ve allowed third party cookies
- Leave the Collaborate session and re-enter it
- Check there aren’t current issues with the Collaborate Service**
- Close things you aren’t using (other programs, other browser tabs)
- Restart your whole computer.
*For the best experience, please ensure you are using:
- Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox if on a Windows/Mac computer
- Google Chrome if on an Android mobile/tablet
- Safari if on an Apple mobile/tablet.
**Collaborate (just like Zoom, Google Meet and many other webinar tools) is a ‘cloud’ tool, which means that it runs on computers that don’t belong to the University. We rely on Blackboard (the company that makes Collaborate) to fix them on our behalf. Blackboard report when there are issues with the service on their status.blackboard.com webpage. You can visit the page and look at the “Europe, Middle East & Africa > Collaborate Ultra – AWS (EU)” entry to see if there are current issues, or look at our Twitter feed. Most issues with the service are resolved in around 5-10 minutes.
I can’t connect/it won’t load/I keep getting kicked out!
Make sure you’ve tried the steps in “Six Key Steps” section above, then try/check:
- Check your internet speed (eg. speedtest.net – third party tool, use at own risk)
- Collaborate detects weaker/slower internet connections and tries to compensate to help, but very poor connections may still experience issues
- Ways to try and improve your internet connection:
- Close other programs/tabs, stop any downloads
- Use a wired rather than WiFi connection if possible
- If you have to use WiFi, get as close to the router as possible and try and ensure your router isn’t surrounded by lots of objects
- Devices that use bluetooth can conflict with WiFi, turn off bluetooth connections and use wired devices instead
- Consider changing WiFi channel.
- Turn off “hardware acceleration” in your browser
- Go to chrome://settings (or click the three dot menu in top right of screen and choose “Settings”)
- Click on “Advanced” in the left hand menu, then select “System” from the list that shows
- Under System turn off “Use hardware acceleration when available”
- Relaunch Chrome
- Clear your browser’s cache and cookies “from all time”
- Are you on a supported Operating System (Windows 10, or the latest two versions of Android/macOS/iOS/ipadOS)? If not, update the OS if you can.
Note: Access from China – We cannot guarantee that access from China will not be problematic due to the Great Firewall of China. Learn more about access from China here
I can’t upload and/or share my file
I’m having problems sharing my screen/application/browser tab
Refer to the “Troubleshooting” section in our “Sharing Your Computer Screen / A Specific Application” guide.
I can’t hear other people and/or see cameras (or they can’t see/hear me)
Make sure you’ve tried the steps in “Six Key Steps” section above, then try:
- Making sure that your microphone/speakers/headphones/camera are plugged in correctly
- That they were plugged in before you entered Collaborate, if not then leave and come back in
- That (if they are USB) that they’re plugged into USB 2.0 ports rather than USB 3.0 ports (USB 2.0 ports are white, black or grey inside, USB 3.0 are blue)
- Audio issues only, try:
For issues that aren’t resolved by the above:
- Try a WebRTC checker tool to try and identify potential causes (eg. test.webrtc.org – third party tool, use at own risk)
- Use Blackboard’s automated “chat bot” service, in the bottom right of Blackboard’s own Collaborate support page
- Use Blackboard’s troubleshooting pages: Troubleshooting for participants/students / Troubleshooting for moderators/presenters/staff
- Take a look at our other Collaborate troubleshooting guides
- contact us.
Note: It is possible to report issues to Blackboard from directly within Collaborate, but this is a one way report only. It sends data to Blackboard about the issue, but you not get a response either in the session or later. You can raise a ticket directly with Blackboard which will be responded to, but this is done elsewhere and you will need to share your “session info” with them to help them identify it. “Session Info” can be found within the Collaborate room itself, by clicking the black menu icon in the top left, selecting “Report an Issue” and copying out the information in the “Auto-generated report that will be sent with your description” field.