UW-Madison has implemented Blackboard Collaborate, an easy-to-use web conferencing tool that enables instructors, researchers, administrators and others to create virtual classrooms and meeting spaces.

Collaborate has been licensed for use across all UW System campuses and will be available at UW-Madison through a campus subsidy at no cost to the user. UW System entered into a three-year contract, starting on July 1, 2011, which provides a license for anyone in the UW System and allows unlimited use of Collaborate through June 30, 2014. Collaborate is a vendor-hosted service.

How do I access Blackboard Collaborate

There are three ways to access Blackboard Collaborate for UW-Madison faculty and staff.

  • Faculty can access Blackboard Collaborate for instruction via the Learn@UW integration. Learn how to activate web conferencing in Learn@UW.
  • Faculty and Staff can access Blackboard Collaborate via the My UW-Madison Portal. Learn more about activating web conferencing in the Portal.
  • Faculty can access Blackboard Collaborate for instruction via integration in some instances of Moodle. Please contact your local Moodle administrator for more information.


Web conferencing can expand the reach of the University to the boundaries of the Internet. With tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, you can share meetings, lectures, presentations, seminars, training sessions or other events in real time with other computer users connected to the Web. Users at remote locations can participate in the events as though they were attending in person.

User support and training

The DoIT Help Desk and DoIT’s Networked Media Services team provide centralized user support.

Blackboard provides extensive self-help resources and premium support for urgent and major issues. See the Blackboard Collaborate Support Home Page.

Training and consultation are a coordinated effort provided by DoIT Academic Technology (Professional Technical Education, Learning Technology and Distance Education) and its partners in schools and colleges.