Blackboard Collaborate 22.08

The latest version of Collaborate Ultra will be released on 12 May 2022.

New features

Download whiteboard and annotated documents

Participants will be able to download a PDF of content shared to the session’s whiteboard, including any annotations. The download link will be in the whiteboard toolbar.

More information is available in the release notes and documentation.


When uploading presentations into the session, slides marked as hidden will not be included.

If you don’t want to allow downloads of slides, you can share the application to the session, e.g. PowerPoint, and present from there

Beta release of Collaborate’s new audio/video service

Blackboard is in the process of rebuilding Collaborate on top of Amazon’s Chime service, and they are ready to invite early adopters into trying it out.

Blackboard will gradually roll out access to the beta during May and June. We haven’t been told an exact date when this will be available at Aston.

Session options showing the opt into Chime buttonWhen made available to Aston, you will be able to opt a session into using Chime when editing the session settings. Note that certain features are not yet available on Chime.

More information is available in the release notes.

Maintenance window

This will begin at 0000 and end at 0400 BST (See details for other time zones). You can subscribe to updates on Blackboard’s status site.