Link to Collaborate Ultra in Your Course

CREATE A COLLABORATE ULTRA TOOL LINK IN YOUR BLACKBOARD COURSE

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is the web conferencing software currently supported for synchronous remote instruction.  Before you can use it for your courses, you must create a tool link in your Blackboard course.  The Collaborate Ultra tool link can be created in the course menu (on the left side of the course), in a content folder (such as your Home or Course Content page), or both.


CREATE A COURSE MENU LINK

1. LOG INTO BLACKBOARD

Log into Blackboard Learn through learn.kent.edu or through FlashLine.
 

2. ENTER YOUR COURSE

Click on the name of your course to access it.


3. CREATE MENU LINK

In the top left corner of the course menu, click the Plus (+) button.  From the drop-down menu, select Tool Link.

Create course menu tool link

4. NAME LINK AND SELECT TOOL

In the Name field, type in what you want the link to be called.  You can name it "Blackboard Collaborate Ultra," "Live Class Meetings," or something similar.  From the Type drop-down menu, select Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Click the Available to Users checkbox, then click Submit.

Collaborate Ultra course menu link options

Your menu link will be created at the bottom of your course menu.  You can move it up as needed.

Collaborate Ultra course menu link

CREATE A CONTENT FOLDER LINK

1. LOG INTO BLACKBOARD

Log into Blackboard Learn through learn.kent.edu or through FlashLine.
 

2. ENTER YOUR COURSE

Click on the name of your course to access it.
 

3. NAVIGATE TO A CONTENT AREA OR FOLDER

Navigate to the content area or folder in which you want to put the Collaborate Ultra link.  It is recommended you place the link on your course entry page (e.g. Home, Course Content).


4. CREATE COLLABORATE ULTRA LINK

In the Action Bar across the top of the page, select Tools.  At the bottom of the drop-down menu, click More Tools.  From the expanded menu, select Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Collaborate Ultra tool link


5. NAME THE LINK

In the Link Name field, type in what you want the link to be called.  You can leave it as the default, "Blackboard Collaborate Ultra" or change it to something else, such as "Live Class Meetings."  You can also type in a description to provide additional context for students.  Click Submit to save.
 

Collaborate Ultra link

6. SUBMIT

Click the Submit button to save the link.  It will appear at the bottom of your course folder.  You can move it up as needed.

Collaborate Ultra link

 

Updated July 2020 by Katie Baer, M.Ed., Instructional Designer