Blackboard Collaborate

ARCHER Virtual Tutorial and Technical Forum sessions are broadcast using Blackboard Collaborate, a web conference system featuring video, audio, slidesharing, chat, etc. You can use Collaborate from a desktop or laptop computer or from a tablet or smartphone.

How to Join a Collaborate Session

From July 2016 we are now using BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra. This version no longer requires software to be pre-installed - it simply needs your browser, or mobile app.

Windows / OS X / Linux

Chrome is strongly recommended as the preferred browser, but most modern browsers will work for joining a session as a participant. Details about supported browsers can be found on the Blackboard website.

There is a Session Preparation & Checklist page which you may find useful.

Android or iOS

Collaborate is available on mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) running iOS or Android using the Bb Student app.

Note for presenters / moderators: Only Chrome supports Application Sharing so you are strongly advised to use Chrome when presenting a session.
Firefox is able to use Share Files but this does not allow interactivity or animation within a powerpoint and will not allow you to share e.g. a Terminal window.