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Recordings are no longer in WebMeeting Archives.  They are on the same page as "Join Room".  Click on the link "RECORDINGS" and then set the date range to include the date(s) of the recording and click "Go".  The default date range is the current week so changing the first date to the beginning of the semester will show all recordings. Each person has to adjust their own date range.

Instructions: How to Access Blackboard Collaborate Webmeeting Recordings

Link to Recordings

(Click on image to see larger - it will open in a new window. This image is Instructor View - Students do not see the "Schedule a Session" box.)

One way to invite a guest speaker is through the "In Session Invitation" which is found in the Tools menu.  NOTE: You may have to Edit Room and enable "Allow In-session Invitations".

Perhaps an easier way is to open your Collaborate session up to Guests - this provides a link you can send in advance to your guest speaker.  Bear in mind that the guest speaker will need to install the "Launcher" program on their computer, so being able to send them a link well in advance of the session is advisable.

To enable guest access (see figures below): 

  • Click the Edit Room link that is under the Join Room button
  • Scroll down and click the button to Allow Guests
  • Save
  • Now you will see a link to Invite Guests under the Join Room button
  • Click the Invite Guests link and you'll see a URL (Web Address) you can copy and also a means of emailing an invitation

1) Edit Room  2)Allow Guests  3)Invite Guests

Here is a helpful document which you can send to any people you want to invite as Guests.  If they haven't used this version of Collaborate they will need to install the Launcher program.

You can hide recordings from students by Editing the settings for the recording.  You will restrict access to yourself only and then the recording will be hidden from anyone else who has not been granted access.

  • Go to the Blackboard Collaborate Session Manager (may be the Webmeeting link in your course if it is set up to use the new version of Collaborate)
  • Click on the Recordings Link and find the recording you wish to hide
  • With your mouse over the recording name use the circle/arrow menu and choose "Edit Recording".  (Note this edits the settings for the recording it does not actually let you edit the recording.)  See image below.
  • You may wish to rename the session - otherwise there is no visible indicator that the recording is hidden
  • Scroll down and find the section "Roles and Access".  Check the box next to "Restrict Access to this session".  See image below.
  • If you want it hidden from everyone but yourself, then do not add additional Participants
  • Submit

The recording will still be visible to you but will simply not show to other Participants (unless you added their name to grant access).  The links to the mp3 and mp4 files will also not show.  It is a good idea to rename the recording by adding the word "Hidden" or other designation to remind yourself that access to this recording is restricted.

Edit Recording       Restrict Access to Recording

Aug 2015: when you click the link to convert a Collaborate (2015) recording to and mp4 video it will create the video and you and your students will be able to either play or download it.  The video recording shows the whiteboard and activity on it or it shows application sharing - it doesn't show the participant list, chat or audio/video pod.

If you want to re-use the recording for future classes you will need to do one of two things:

1) Add the other classes(s) to the access list for the recording or enable Guest access.  If you enable Guest access for a recording then a link will be generated which you can post elsewhere.  Change permissions or enable Guest Access by using the Edit Recording command. (See Figure - opens in new tab/window)

2) Download the mp4 recording and post it elsewhere.  One way to re-use it is to post the recording (unlisted if you wish) on YouTube.  If the recording contains copyright material (e.g. PowerPoint slides from your publisher) then you will need to restrict it to your class.

The Edit Recording command only lets you change settings - to actually edit the recording (cut out portions of it for example) you will need to download the mp4 and use movie editing software to edit it.

You can make a meeting available to Guests by setting that option for your room or session.  Any recordings made in that room or session will also potentially be available to Guests.  You can obtain a Guest link and provide it to others by email or by posting that link elsewhere, including in another Blackboard class.

The following instructions will help you make the main room in a Blackboard class available to Guests and show you how to post the link to that room and/or its associated recordings in another Blackboard class.

Step-by-step instructions

Meetings and recordings are typically restricted to your class.  The easiest way to re-use recordings from semester to semester is to enable Guest access for the recording and then post that Guest link in a content area or folder. Then when the course is copied from semester to semester the links will work for the students in the new class (who aren't in the original class).

NOTE - this is best used for lectures you may wish to record with no students present that are specifically intended for asychronous use - that way you don't have to worry about privacy and FERPA considerations. You should not make available lecture with students names or identifying information without their permission.

Step-by-Step Instructions: Using a Guest Link to make recordings available in multiple classes

1) Enable Guest Access

  • Locate the recording (follow the WebMeeting link then click on the word RECORDINGS, Adjust the date range if needed to show the recording.
  • Using the drop-down menu next to the recording name choose "Edit Recording" (this does not actually allow you to edit the recording but allows you to edit the settings.
  • Its a good idea to rename the recording at this time - title it with the subject of the recording
  • In the settings check the box to Enable Guest Link
  • The Guest Link will appear in a blue box (you may have to scroll up to see it).
  • Copy the Guest Link by selecting it and typing Cntrl-C  (command C on a Mac)
  • In the future you can find the Guest Link again by choosing "Guest Link" in the menu next to the recording name.  Do NOT choose Add Link because this will create a link that is restricted to your current class.

2) Post the Guest Link in a content area for access by students

  • Go to the content area or folder where you wish to post the link.
  • From the Build Content menu choose "Web Link"
  • Enter a name and optional description - paste the Guest link (Cntrl-V) into the box for URL.
  • Submit

If you do this as you create the recordings then not only will you be prepared for future semesters but your current students can access the recordings directly from within a unit or module rather than having to search the recordings in the archive.

NOTE - it is possible to omit student names from a recording but you have to choose that option in advance (using Edit Room to change the settings for your Collaborate classroom).  It is also possible to give specific classes access to recordings rather than to (potentially) give the public access (within Edit Recording you can add permissions for specific classes in which you are also instructor).

With the new Collaborate, participants can join a webmeeting from an Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad) or Android device.  Both have free Apps for Blackboard Collaborate which are available in Apple or Google app stores. 

The interface for mobile is limited.  Moderators cannot use it as it is missing moderator tools. Mobile participants have access to a subset of functions in Blackboard Collaborate, including:

  • Viewing the Whiteboard.
  • Viewing an Application on another user's desktop.
  • Access to breakout rooms.
  • Sending and receiving chat messages with the entire room.
  • Listening to other speakers and speaking to the room.
  • Responding to polls.

Note that there is no video available (either to send or receive) and application sharing is limited to viewing others applications. If they are using a phone then obviously the whiteboard size will be small which will make PowerPoints harder to view.  Still it is an option to use under some circumstances. 

To join the meeting students do NOT directly enter a URL into the Collaborate app.  They would use a browser (e.g., Safari on an iPad) to go to their Blackboard class site and click (tap) on the "Join Room" button. Collaborate detects that they are on a mobile device and switches to the Blackboard Collaborate app.

Possible Error Message: When accessing the WebMeeting link participants may get a dialog box saying "This form is not secure. Are you sure you want to submit it?"  They tap  "Cancel" (not Submit) and then proceed to tap the "Join Room" button.  If they tap "Submit" they will get an additional error message and won't be switched to the Blackboard Collaborate Mobile app.  

More about Blackboard Collaborate Mobile (pdf)

With the 2015-2016 upgrade to Blackboard Collaborate (optional in Fall 2015) you can include a teleconference (audioconference) in your Blackboard collaborate meeting.  Students would still log into the meeting room but would be able to use the phone for their audio rather than the meeting room "talk" button.  This can be helpful to students who have poor bandwidth or audio problems.  As instructor you will need to 

  1. Obtain and audio conference (teleconference) number from your department or campus
  2. Add the teleconference numbers to your room settings
  3. Initiate the audioconference for each meeting

It will cost your department or campus money for each audioconference session so it is a good practice to encourage most of your students to use the computer based audio and use the teleconference only for students or guest speakers that are having problems.

Step-by-step instructions for setting up the teleconference within Blackboard Collaborate

Glad you asked!

There are two options - having a session be open to "Guests" and posting that link in multiple classes (recordings will not be available to all classes unless you also post those links) or creating a session that is common to specific classes (that one will be private and recordings will be available in both classes as well)

Step-by-step instructions.

Older recordings may run into problems with current security Java settings.  The two documents below explain how to change the Java security settings on a Mac or in Windows.

Note: About updating Java - updating past version 7 is not necessary to run the current version of Blackboard collaborate and version 8 may cause some issues in Mac OS.  

The sites that need to be added to the Java exception list for Blackboard/Collaborate are and - note the https in the URL.


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