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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.


The Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing tool has been integrated into Canvas, making synchronous communication, collaboration, and presentation easily accessible. Instructors can set up Collaborate sessions for hosting guest speakers, holding virtual office hours, leading test review sessions, and teaching class sessions online.


Steps to Create a Session

  1. Access Blackboard Collaborate from the left navigation panel within your course. (You may need to reenable the menu item in your Settings → Navigation.)
  2. Click the +Create Session button on the top right side of the screen. 

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  3. Enter the session parameters: Session Name, Start Date/Time, End Date/Time, Early Entry time frame. 

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    Note: You can create one session for the course, and still record individual session recordings. Create one room, and select No End Time in the End field. 

  4. On the Options tab, set your selections for the session. Typically, you would select Grant Participants full default permissions, which would allow them to use the tools within Collaborate.  If there is a guest speaker or participant who needs Moderator access, you can elevate their permissions within the session once they have joined.
  5. After the session has been created and is active, you can join it by clicking on the purple arrow in the Sessions list. Note: When joining a Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing session for the first time you may see a security dialog box asking to confirm the application's digital signature. Click Run to continue. After the first time, this will not be necessary and the Collaborate window should launch directly.



Guest Link

To grant access externally to Canvas, create a Guest Link. Once a session has been created, click on the title in Sessions tab. You will see the information for your session displayed. The guest link for the session is located under the Dial In numbers. Simply copy this link and paste it in an email to invite outside participants into your session.



Recording a Session

You can record each of your Collaborate sessions. Students can access the recordings through the Blackboard Collaborate menu item.

  1. Click on your session's name, and select the purple Join button to enter the session.
  2. Once you are inside the Collaborate session, select the Record button at the top right of your screen.
  3. Click the End Recording button to stop recording. Once you exit the session, your recording will be transferred to the Recordings tab within the Collaborate area in Canvas. Note: This can take some time if your recording is lengthy.
  4. Recordings will be available by clicking to expand the menu at the top left of the Sessions screen. 

Related Self Help Guides

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More Help

For questions about Canvas, contact CIT via our online service desk or email canvas@geneseo.edu. Weekdays between 8am-4pm, you can also contact us via our real-time chat portal.

For tips, tricks, and updates on learning technologies at Geneseo, visit our Educational Technology ChatTo explore Canvas Guides (created by Instructure), visit https://community.canvaslms.com/community/answers/guides/canvas-guide