Texas Tech University

Blackboard Collaborate

With Blackboard Collaborate, students and instructors can engage in synchronous learning, helping you create virtual classrooms and spaces that open more possibilities to students, wherever they are.

Texas Tech University currently utilizes two versions of Blackboard Collaborate: Classic and Ultra. Here are some basic differences between the version to help you choose which one best suits your specific requirements.

Blackboard Collaborate: Classic vs. Ultra

Collaborate Classic

  • Requires installation of launcher
  • Session creation initiated from within a Blackboard course.
  • eRaider login required.
  • Students must be enrolled in the specific course to access session.
  • Supports up to 1,000 participants.
  • Sessions can be recorded.
  • Supports grade center integration.

Collaborate Ultra

  • Now can be accessed through Blackboard.
  • No installation required. Entirely browser-based
  • Session creation initiated from Ultra account not tied to a specific Blackboard course.
  • No eRaider login required.
  • Participants do not need to be enrolled in a Blackboard course to access session.
  • Supports up to 100 participants
  • Sessions can be recorded.
  • Does not support grade center integration.