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Blackboard Collaborate will be disabled for Geneseo users on June 30, 2020. Zoom for Higher Education at Geneseo is available for the campus. For questions, please contact Laurie Fox.

Download recordings from Collaborate before June 30 using the following steps:

  1. Access Blackboard Collaborate within your course.
  2. Open the menu in the upper left-hand corner, and select Recordings.
  3. If you don’t see the recording you want, click Recent Recordings and select Recordings In A Range. Enter a date range.
  4. To the right of the recording you want, click the three dots in a circle icon to access Recording options, and select Download. Repeat for each recording in your course.
    If you do not see the option to download a recording, this may be due to recording downloads not being enabled on the Collaborate session at the time of the recording.
  5. Save the recording to a location on your computer or in Google Drive.

Blackboard Collaborate is a simple tool for hosting online meetings, classes, or office hours. What follows is a brief overview of Blackboard Collaborate's interface from within the recommended browser, Google Chrome.

User Interface Tour

To Enter a Blackboard Collaborate Session

  • Select Blackboard Collaborate (1) in the Navigation Menu of your Canvas course
  • Select from All Upcoming Sessions or All Previous sessions (2)
  • Select the appropriate Session Name from the list (3)

  • Finally, Select Join Course Room (1)

Within Course Room

  • The tab in the lower right hand corner (1) will provide access to the chat window and screen sharing options
  • The tab in the upper right hand corner (2) will provide access to Support, Privacy Information, and the ability to Leave Session
  • The personal icon (3) will provide access to emoji's and a variety of feedback options for use within a Blackboard Collaborate Session
  • The microphone icon (4) will allow you to toggle your microphone on and off
  • The camera icon (5) will allow you to toggle your camera on and off
  • The raised hand icon (6) will allow you to notify the presenter that you have a question


For optimal performance anyone not contributing to the conversation should toggle their microphone and camera off

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More Help

For questions about Canvas, contact CIT via our online service desk or email

For tips, tricks, and updates on learning technologies at Geneseo, visit our Educational Technology ChatTo explore Canvas Guides (created by Instructure), visit