Improvements to Collaborate Ultra video gallery

Collaborate A preview of the improved video gallery.Ultra has recently been updated to provide a richer video gallery. Three new views are available:

  • Gallery – displaying 25 attendees, with arrows allowing scrollable pages for larger groups.
  • Speaker – current speaker displayed as a large window at the top with other users as smaller windows below.
  • Tiled – current speaker displayed as a large window to the left with smaller windows for other users to the right.

In addition to the visual improvements, Moderators can select an individual attendee’s video or avatar window, to change their role or send them a message.

The new gallery is currently only active for Moderators and Presenters but will be rolled out to students soon.

You can read advice and guidance on using the new video gallery and views here: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions/Video

 

Scheduled Maintenance – Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 8th April

Blackboard Collaborate has advised us that there will be scheduled maintenance taking place on Thursday, April 8th, between midnight and 4 am. During this time, users will experience intermittent availability. The purpose of the maintenance is to update Collaborate to the latest version. The new version will provide an improved video gallery for instructors.

During the maintenance, you can check Blackboard’s service status page.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Please check the IT service status page to see how the University’s systems and services are working and for planned maintenance information.

Interruptions to key University online services, 5.30-9.00 pm Mon 22 March

IT Services will be completing their emergency upgrades to the University network on Monday 22 March between 5.30 pm and 9 pm. This will affect access to some of the services that the Digital Education Office manages, including Blackboard and Re/Play. Further information can be found in the IT Services status item about this work.

Interruptions to key University online services, evenings Fri 19 & Sat 20 March

IT Services will be making emergency upgrades to the University network on Friday 19 March between 6 pm and 9 pm and on Saturday 20 March between 6 pm and 9 pm. This will affect access to some of the services that the Digital Education Office manages, including Blackboard and Re/Play. Further information can be found in the IT Services news item about this work.

Scheduled Maintenance – Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 25th Feb

Blackboard Collaborate has advised us that there will be scheduled maintenance taking place on Thursday, February 25th, between midnight and 4 am. During this time, users will experience intermittent availability. The purpose of the maintenance is to update Collaborate to the latest version.

During the maintenance, you can check Blackboard’s service status page.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Please check the IT service status page to see how the University’s systems and services are working and for planned maintenance information.

Scheduled Maintenance – Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 11th Feb & Video Recording Feedback 13th Feb

Blackboard has advised us that there will be scheduled maintenance taking place on the following dates:

  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Thursday 11th Feb between midnight and 4am.  During this time, users will experience intermittent availability. The purpose of the maintenance is to update Collaborate to the latest version
  • Video Recording Feedback in Blackboard Learn Assignment Grading, Saturday 13th Feb between midnight and 3am. During this time, users will experience intermittent availability to video feedback recording and playback. This is a one-time maintenance update.

During both maintenance periods, you can check Blackboard’s service status page.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please email digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

Please check the IT service status page to see how the University’s systems and services are working and for planned maintenance information.

Issues with File Upload in Blackboard Collaborate

We are aware of an ongoing issue with the File Upload function in Collaborate. The issue presents as uploaded files failing to convert after an extended period.

We have reported this problem and Blackboard are currently investigating.

In the meantime, you can use the Share Content > Share Application/Screen function and choose either Share Entire Screen or Share Application options during your session.

We apologise for any inconvenience and will update as soon as the issue has been fixed.

Collaborate partial service disruption – connection error

Collaborate is currently experiencing an unexpected partial service disruption. During this time, you may experience an error when joining a Collaborate session. Blackboard Collaborate is investigating.

We apologise for the disruption and will provide an update when we hear anything further.

Please check the IT service status page to see how the University’s systems and services are working and for planned maintenance information. You can also check the Blackboard status page.