Can anyone provide a comparison chart between Blackboard Collaborate Ultra vs Legacy? I have colleagues at my community college system requesting such an entity.
We have a page on the help site that provides a side-by-side comparison of the two experiences: Which Experience Should I Use? - Blackboard Help
I hope this helps!
The old version required a clunky download file and the interface was mediocre.
We're moving to Ultra in June and we can't wait! Here are our two web pages with tutorials on each version:
Legacy version: Blackboard Collaborate - Wilmington University (only available until June 27, 2016)
Ultra: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra | Wilmington University
You've got your URLs the wrong way round They're useful, though, thanks.
(Edited to remove the typo the auto correct put in!)
The pages I've seen have said that there's a 100 participant limit to Ultra ( Which Experience Should I Use? - Blackboard Help ) . Is that a hard & fast 100 upper limit, or is it a recommended one? If the former, does anyone know when the limits will be increased (or a way round using Ultra with lots of users - other than 2 / 3 moderators each logged into a different session & randomly sharing the participants - and giving the moderators an additional way to know what the others are doing, if they're not physically co-located)
In 2015, Collaborate Ultra started with a 25 user limit, which was extended to 100 user currently. Their latest roadmap showed a 1000 user goal. Development timescales did not always match predictions, but I'm very sure, that there will be an update at BbWorld2016.
My Supporter's viewpoint on Collaborate Classic:
The right time for a move depends on your particular didactical requirements.
Many teachers are happy with Ultra's current featureset, because they would not use the huge Classic toolbox anyway.
On the other hand I know some Blackboard customers in Germany, who will not move to Ultra as long as some unique features of Classic do not join the Ultra feature set:
just to name a few.
One of the biggest migration blockers (here in Europe) is, that Collaborate does not run on Firefox with native webRTC up to now. My institutions accept to load Classic's huge embedded Java Launcher during student's kick-off process. Requiring the Flashplayer on student machines is a nightmare, not the Ultra experience advanced customers exspect from a leading edge vendor.
If Ultra runs stable webRTC on both Mozilla and Google browser, I have a chance to start migration.
Just my humble opinion
Thanks for the detailed feedback.
We were having great difficulties getting the original version working, due to Java, and it being increasingly restricted on the University system. Most staff here are using the basic features, so like the ease of using Ultra. We've now got it so that powerusers can use the Collaborate should they wish, but I suspect most will prefer Ultra. Flash isn't as restricted as Java on our systems.
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