Monday, June 16, 2014

Download the New Collaborate Launcher (Windows)!

Bb Collaborate, the reliable low-bandwidth friendly web conferencing and online classroom tool, received a major upgrade last week! One of the major features of the upgrade was a prepackaged version of java that works great with Collaborate. This means that the days of upgrading java so that your computer can use collaborate are over, but it also means you are going to have to reinstall the launcher before you can use Collaborate again.

Luckily, reinstalling the launcher is as easy as launching a Collaborate session! Here are the quick steps for downloading the new launcher:

1: Navigate to the desired Collaborate session.
2: Enter your desired session and click the “download the Collaborate Launcher” link under “Join Room
3: A popup will appear, click the green “Download Launcher” Button

4: After you click the launcher, save the file and then open it (after the download has finished).  Progress through the install prompts until your install is complete.  

5: Go back to your Bb session and click the green “Join Room” button and your Collaborate session will launch shortly thereafter.

These instructions can be used for moderators and participants so feel free to share!  If you have any other Blackboard Collaborate questions, please feel free to email me, Tristan Plimmer, at

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