Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an interactive web conferencing and virtual classroom environment designed for teaching and learning and real-time collaboration. It is available in all myMason Organizations and Blackboard Courses. Instructors can use Collaborate to set up virtual conferencing for their classes while students can participate in chat and discussion sessions from anywhere. Instructors can also share PowerPoint presentations and other content using a virtual whiteboard. Additional features include multi-person audio and video, screen sharing, chat, and breakout rooms.

Uses include:

Holding virtual office hours
Recording lectures
Student group meetings
Inviting guest speakers
Connecting with internship or abroad students
Emergency proofing courses


Blackboard Collaborate is a Course Tool available within Blackboard Courses and myMason Organizations.

Collaborate is available around the clock except for weekly maintenance which occurs every Friday from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. (EST). While system maintenance is not always performed during this time, faculty should be aware that myMason may not be available. Please check the announcements module for specific information on scheduled outages or extended maintenance periods.

Training and Support:


  • Recorded sessions are accessible within Blackboard Courses and myMason Organizations.
  • All users must adhere to Mason’s policy on Responsible Use of Computing.


If you cannot log into Blackboard, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870. For questions and comments regarding the Blackboard system, e-mail