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Using the Collaborate Tools

Blackboard Collaborate incorporates many features and tools that can be used by the student in two easy to access menus: the Sessions Menu and the Collaborate Panel. The mini menu at the bottom of the screen includes quick controls for audio, video and raising your hand.

Getting Started in Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web-based conferencing system that allows you and your instructors to meet and communicate via voice, video, text, and desktop sharing. Collaborate already exists inside CourseWeb and is an easy to use system that does not require Pitt students to install any plugins, software, or download any desktop applications.


Instructors can create groups of students within their courses. Groups usually consist of a smaller number of students in a course, such as study groups or project groups.


A profile is a reflection of how you want to present yourself to your peers, classmates, and instructors. In your Blackboard profile, you decide what you want to be called, what your academic interests are, and anything else you want to share with other users.

Discussion Board

The discussion board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. Course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom.


Email lets you send messages from your course to course members’ external email accounts without having to launch your external email program, such as Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo. You can send emails to individual users or to groups of users.

Report Inappropriate Content

You can report abuse of the tools in My Blackboard by other users. When a user is reported, the content and user are reviewed and action taken according to established policies and rules for online safety. Reporting content is done anonymously. The user being reported will never know who reported them.


The People tool is a single location where you can find and connect anyone with a user profile.  These connections can be made through existing connections, such as a course you are enrolled in or through new connections you decide to make. Access the People page through the global navigation . . . Read more

My Blackboard

My Blackboard provides you with quick and easy access to critical and timely information regarding your institution, courses, and fellow classmates. From My Blackboard, you can view how you are doing in each of the courses you are enrolled in, view grades, be reminded of assignments that are due, and much more.


A wiki is a collaborative tool that allows you to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials.  A wiki provides an area where users can collaborate on content.  Users within a course can create and edit wiki pages that pertain to the course or a course group.  Instructors and students can offer comments, and your instructor can grade individual work.


Announcements is the default entry point into Blackboard courses and provides a easy way for instructors to communicate information to students.


A blog is your personal online journal that can include of text, images, links, multimedia, and attachments and can be shared with your classmates and instructors.


Tests are used to assess your mastery over course content and objectives. Your answers are submitted for grading, and the results are recorded in the Grade Center.

Submit Assignments

Your instructor may use the assignment tool in Blackboard to collect your work in the form of files, text, or both. An Assignment has a point value assigned to it and may include a description of the assignment and instructions for submitting it.

Course Content Areas

A content area in Blackboard is a folder that can contain readings, assignments, and links. It is the primary way instructors organize their course content.