Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be rolling out new video options, allowing users to view multiple cameras on screen. This will be a phased rollout, beginning in April, 2021.


What is the Video Gallery?


The Video Gallery allows Collaborate users to view multiple video streams at once. The new Video Gallery allows up to 25 cameras per page, with options to switch between pages. At this time Gallery View is only available on Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium).


A mock up screenshot of Collaborate video gallery with cameras arranged in a 5 by 4 grid.

Image courtesy of https://help.blackboard.com/



Watch the Gallery View in Blackboard Collaborate video tutorial for more information on using the new video features in Collaborate Ultra.



Additional information on navigating the new Video Gallery, Tiled View, and Speaker View may be found here: Video in Collaborate Ultra.


Please note that at this time the Video Gallery will not be captured in recordings. More information on recordings may be found here: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Recordings.



When Will The New Video Options Be Available?

The following dates are subject to change.


Phase 1 (Moderators Only): April 8th 2021

  • Video gallery will be introduced for MODERATORS ONLY (Chrome and Microsoft Edge (Chromium) browsers only). Moderators will be able to view all all user’s cameras in the new Video Gallery. 

  • Participants and presenters will NOT be able to see the Video Gallery at this time.

  • Cameras cannot be pinned and Video Gallery cannot be displayed alongside other shared content, such as slides or whiteboard.

Phase 2: April/May 2021 release (date TBD)

  • Participants will be able to see and use the Video Gallery.

  • Cameras cannot be pinned and Video Gallery cannot be displayed alongside other shared content, such as slides or whiteboard.

Phase 3: Aimed for Q3/Q4 2021

  • Video Gallery will be made visible alongside other content on screen such as slides and whiteboard.

Phase 4: Aimed for Q4 2021 or later

  • Ability for users to pin at least one camera to make permanently appear on screen alongside whomever is currently speaking.