Blackboard Collaborate in a Session Administration System Environment (SAS-outside Bb)

The Blackboard Collaborate SAS environment enables faculty and staff to conduct sessions in Blackboard Collaborate that are not connected to an academic course. These types of sessions might include online meetings and job interviews, continuing education opportunities and outside lecturers. Sessions created using SAS can be limited to invited participants or open to the public.


NEW!!! Blackboard Collaborate with the "Ultra" experience. Blackboard Collaborate has been redesigned to give you a better "virtual meeting" experience—the Ultra experience. Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Click here for information on the Ultra Experience.


The same functionality exists in both the Blackboard-integrated Collaborate sessions and SAS Collaborate sessions. The main difference is that the moderator and participant roles in Blackboard-integrated Collaborate are pre-assigned based on instructor and student status, respectively, something that is not true of the roles in SAS. The roles in the SAS environment are Moderator, Participant and Presenter. The session "leader" will be the moderator and anyone the moderator 'invites' by sending the session link will be the participant. The 'presenter' role is designed to allow participants to present without giving them full moderator privileges.The privileges associated with these roles are listed below.



Moderators typically act as session leaders. The Moderator in the SAS environment has full rights and control of the Blackboard Collaborate environment.



Participants do not require a participant account to join a SAS session. Links will be sent from the Moderator to the participants to join the session. It is possible to give participants in a Collaborate session elevated privileges to allow them to use audio, video, and other tools normally associated with moderators (such as the whiteboard). It is also possible to give participants full moderator status within a Collaborate session. Privileges can be assigned on an individual basis or to all of the participants as a whole.



This role is designed to allow students to present without giving them full moderator privileges. Presenters can upload, share, edit, and stop sharing content. They can also see hand raise notifications and can lower hands.



Moderator Resources

Participant Resources

What's the Ultra Experience?

What's new in Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience

How to request a Collaborate 'room'

Technical Support





Moderator Resources:



Participant Resources:





Request a Collaborate Session Room

To request a Collaborate session room:

  1. From your PGCC email, send an email to eLearning at
  2. Include your full name, Owl Link user Id, and department.


Once your session room has been created, you will receive an email with links to access your room as moderator, as well as a link for you to send to participants.




Technical Support

eLearning Services is only able to provide limited technical support related to system configuration for Bb Collaborate, but you can contact Bb Collaborate Technical Support via the following:

  • Click here for Technical Support and navigate through the Collaborate link on the right hand side of the page to access Support.  
  • Live agent 24x7x365  Toll Free Number  1.877.382.2293