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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a web conferencing platform designed specifically for online education. With its comprehensive tools and capabilities you can engage in the virtual classroom as if it were face-to-face.  By default, your web camera and microphone are disabled (muted). Click the microphone and camera icons at the bottom of the screen when called upon to participate.


You can perform the following functions with the toolbars on the upper-right and bottom of your screen:

  • Chat with participants.
  • View the list of participants.
  • Open the Settings panel to set up your audio and video, set your notifications, and get help.
  • Turn your audio and video on. A line through the microphone or camera icon means that they are off.
  • Raise your hand to answer a question or get the moderator's attention.
  • Show yourself as away.


If you use your keyboard to navigate, use the following shortcuts.

  • To turn your microphone on and off, press Alt + M.
  • To turn your camera on and off, press Alt + C.
  • To raise and lower your hand, press Alt + H.