Blackboard Collaborate

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, IT


Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing is a virtual learning environment to facilitate real-time online learning. This Web conferencing system is accessed through Blackboard Learn and empowers Blackboard Learn instructors and TAs to create individual (and repeat Web Conferencing sessions) on their own with out requesting a session to be created or activated. 


Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, ensures that all participants are in sync, regardless of computer platform or Internet connection speed. Blackboard Collaborate sessions can also be made available for public attendance. Blackboard Collaborate will also automatically pre-enroll everyone in the Blackboard Learn site to attend the session(s), and organize all session links and links to session recordings under Course Tools > Blackboard Collaborate

  • Audio - Audio communication via mircophone or headset
  • Video - Video communication via Web cam
  • Application Sharing - Share any application or your desktop with the participants
  • White Board - Group collaboration of white board space
  • Text Chat - Moderated chat functionality
  • Polling - Conduct live polls with particiants
  • Interactive Tools - participants can raise hand, indicate yes or no, leave room etc.
  • Manage - Faculty can create and manage their Web conferences directly
  • Guest Speakers - Invite guest speakers to join your session even without a UIC NetID by sending them a link to the session
  • On-Demand Archives - View recorded versions of your sessions


For users who wish to participate in audio chat their system must have a sound card, speakers, and a microphone. For users that want to share video they must have a webcam installed on thier system. Users who wish to participate in conferences who do not have these peripherals installed on their systems can still communicate during a collaboration session through the use of the text chat tool. 


There is no charge for this service.


Phone 312-413-0003 Option 1
In person

Lecture Center E
Room E112

  • Monday - Thursday 7:45am to 7:00pm, Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during academic sessions

Further Information 

Visit Blackboard's Support for Blackboard Collaborate website for more information.

ACCC Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Service Request Fulfillment Time

Under 2 business days, unless in-person training/discussion is required, or escalation to the vendor is required.

Incident Resolution Time

Under 2 business days unless escalation to the vendor is required.

Service Availability 24x7
Maintenance Window(s) Weekly maintenance window: Friday, 1:00am - 5:00am
Approved ACCC maintenance window(s):
Occasionally major upgrades take place outside of this window, which are always communicated to the campus.
Service Notification Channel(s) ACCC News and Alerts:
BB News and Alerts (Blackboard Login Page)
BB Administrator direct email to BB users


Reviewed to Ensure SLA Meets Business Requirements

Provisional SLA - Currently under IT Governance review.

Date Reviewed

Provisional SLA - Currently under IT Governance review.