Webinars (Collaborate)

Webinars - Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is our supported webinar (online seminar) software that can be used both for synchronous teaching or student collaborations within VLE sites, and for external speakers to present without any VLE log in required. We are interested in working with those who wish to use the tool, but if you want to experiment for yourself, you can set up Collaborate within your Yorkshare VLE sites now. Guidance is available under Essential info below.

About webinars with Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate allows you to:

  • Deliver presentations remotely, including asking students to present remotely
  • Sharing desktop, for example remote software demonstrations
  • Text-chat, audio-chat and video-chat with small or large groups
  • Polling tools (Classic Only) and emoticon response from audience
  • Full moderation options, if required
  • PC or Mac for full participation, mobile app for limited participation
  • Recording of sessions

Please feel free to contact vle-support@york.ac.uk for assistance or if you would like to discuss a particular use case.

Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra runs in-browser and does not require a download. The Collaborate Ultra interface works well for delivering presentations or having web chats with large numbers of participants. Request Collaborate Ultra for your VLE site by emailing vle-support@york.ac.uk.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Interface

Use the Classic interface if you require polling or breakout room functionality.

Overview slides

Learning design with Collaborate

We have summarised nine different learning and teaching approaches using webinar tools on our blog. These were created off discussions at a conference with other learning technologists and are also explored in more detail in the slides below.


The following resources provide advice on the pedagogical aspects of using webinar tools. Some documents may refer to Elluminate which is the precursor to Collaborate. Further guides on the technical use of Collaborate can be found in the Essential Info section at the bottom of this page.

Case study

E-Learning Walkthrough

Bringing Professional Expertise Into The Virtual Classroom

An exploration of Health Sciences’ use of Collaborate to enable distance learners to interact with module tutors working in professional contexts.
View Case Study

On this site

Essential info

Collaborate Ultra

If you wish to use the Ultra interface, please request your VLE site has this enabled by emailing vle-support@york.ac.uk

Classic Collaborate

Recent posts

All posts about Webinars

14 responses to “Webinars (Collaborate)

  1. Pingback: Collaborate Roadshow: Find out more on 7, 8 & 14 Jan 2015 | E-Learning Development Team·

  2. Pingback: Responding to the IT Survey 2014: taking your views on board | E-Learning Development Team·

  3. Pingback: Web Conferencing – Three Recommendations for Software | E-Learning Development Team·

  4. Pingback: York E-Learning Newsletter – June 2015 | E-Learning Development Team·

  5. Pingback: York E-Learning Newsletter – July 2015 | E-Learning Development Team·

  6. Pingback: Online Workshops: Collaborate Demos this Summer | E-Learning Development Team·

  7. Pingback: Learning designs with Collaborate for synchronous online activity | E-Learning Development Team·

  8. Pingback: York E-Learning Newsletter – August 2015 | E-Learning Development Team·

  9. Pingback: Blended learning designs using web conferencing for campus-based programmes | E-Learning Development Team·

  10. Pingback: Lunchtime webinar: Creativity in the classroom – Thurs 10 March, 12.30-1.30pm | E-Learning Development Team·

  11. Pingback: Lunchtime Webinar: Evaluating Technology-Enhanced Learning – Tues 19 April, 12.30-1.30pm | E-Learning Development Team·

  12. Pingback: York E-Learning Newsletter – April 2016 | E-Learning Development Team·

  13. Pingback: York E-Learning Newsletter – May 2016 | E-Learning Development Team·

  14. Pingback: York Technology for the York Pedagogy: Summer Sessions | E-Learning Development Team·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s