Getting started guide for students

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool for online meetings, similar to Skype.


Watch the video overview to see what it looks like.



You will need....

  • An internet connection - wired, where possible, or a good wi-fi connection.
  • A desktop or laptop computer with webcam and audio headset (laptops usually come with both). A USB headset is preferable. 
  • Or a smartphone or other mobile device. (See below on using a mobile device to access Collaborate Ultra.)

To join the session

Use the Google Chrome browser. Other browsers can be used but Chrome will result in the best experience.


1. Before joining the session


2. Join the session through your MySCU

Log into Blackboard and click on the Collaborate Ultra link on the side menu bar, then click on the session you need to access.

  • Click on the Join session button or dial in using the phone conferencing number provided. You only have audio access if you phone in.

Access using a mobile device

You can use the Bb Student app on your mobile device to join a Collaborate session.

Follow this link for information on joining Bb Collaborate using a mobile device.

Note: You will need a reliable and strong wi-fi signal (be aware of your mobile data allowance if you use a 3G or 4G connection) and make sure your device is fully charged.

Need more help?

There is lots of help on the Collaborate Ultra Help for Participants website and, of course, you can contact the SCU Service Desk for more help.


(Please note - it's better to refer to the Online version rather than export, as it's always up to date)