Blackboard Collaborate Ultra


collab_imageA new, simplified version of Blackboard Collaborate is now available to faculty who use myCourses. This updated version of Blackboard Collaborate offers crisp, hi-definition audio/video and launches meetings right in your web browser without the need for updating java or installing a launcher program. The user interface has also been modernized to be more intuitive to navigate.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is currently available by request only to any faculty member using myCourses. Beginning spring 2016, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be automatically enabled in all myCourses sites. Read more

Congratulations Chris!


Our own Christopher Farnham, is the August 2016 monthly CARES nomination winner!

Chris was nominated by a faculty member for his expertise and professionalism in supporting the first online, accelerated undergraduate mechanical engineering course offered during the summer of 2016.


VoiceThread is here!


The Voice Authoring (audio recording) feature currently built into myCourses will no longer be available after August 31st, 2016. This decision was made by Blackboard, the company that owns Voice Authoring.

As a result of this announcement, we have installed a new tool in myCourses called VoiceThread. Similar to Voice Authoring, this tool allows students and instructors to easily submit audio/video recordings and narrated presentations in myCourses.

Instructional Development is offering VoiceThread workshops in August and during the fall semester. To register for one of the upcoming August workshop sessions, check out the workshop schedule.

To learn more about the new features offered by VoiceThread you can visit our VoiceThread help page or contact the ID team directly.