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Blackboard Collaborate Training

Blackboard (Bb) Collaborate™ is a synchronous web-conferencing technology used by Royal Roads University. While there are many web conferencing tools (e.g. Skype, Bluejeans, Zoom, etc.), Bb Collaborate™ is specially designed for teaching and learning environments. It is where groups of students meet online to discuss assignments; and instructors meet their students in blended and online courses. Bb Collaborate™ has features that are similar to how a discussion works in a classroom, where many people are participating and “raising their hand” to add to the conversation. This tool supports effective learning experiences in the Royal Roads University environment of online, blended, and mobile learning.

CTET offers Participant and Moderator training to Faculty and program staff. Level 1 Participant Training is self-guided, as is Level 2 Basic Moderator Training. Level 3 Advanced Moderator Training is led by a CTET facilitator and offered regularly.   

Level 1: Participant Training

Vital for students, guest speakers in courses, and anyone else participating in Blackboard Collaborate sessions. This material helps users to assess if their computer is ready for an upcoming session, and supplies important info they will need to get the most out of the the Blackboard Collaborate experience.  See additional resources at the bottom of this page.

Levels 2 & 3:  Moderator Training

Level 3 requires competency in Levels 1 and 2.  To find the next session, see Upcoming Events at CTET or visit the Crossroads Calendar and login (top of page) with your RRU username and password. 


Create a Session

Course-related Collaborate sessions can added through 'add an activity' in your course. If you would like a Collaborate session setup outside of Moodle please contact CTET at extension #4465.


Visit CTET's STUDIO for face-to-face, telephone, or online assistance with using online collaboration tools in your course. If your course has been assigned an Instructional Designer, meet with your ID to explore how these types of tools can be used to support your students' learning.

The RRU Knowledge Base is also a great source of information to answer 'how to' questions.  Remember to always login to ensure you're accessing all of the information intended for you.