Meet and Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate UltraZoom Meeting SpaceSkype for BusinessLifesize
What is the tool used for?Host virtual class meetings and synchronous virtual presentations from your Blackboard courseConduct committee meetings in the McCarthy Center Alumni room with remote attendeesChat with a small group using video, text, and voice or video/voice interview with an off-campus guestTeach a class of students in HH203 and a classroom at a partner institution connected by video
Who can I connect to?Students in your class and guests with the linkMeeting participants with the linkMeeting participants with the linkClassrooms at partner institution(s)
How do I connect as a host?Select Collaborate Ultra under "Course Tools" in your Blackboard courseEstablish a connection using the integrated system in the Alumni room in the McCarthy CenterOnce Skype is installed on your campus computer send a Skype invite through the Outlook calendarUse the integrated cameras, microphones and computer in HH 203
How do I connect as an attendee?Enter the Collaborate Ultra link under "Course Tools" in your Blackboard course, or through the "Blackboard" mobile app on a smartphone.Go to and join the meeting using the meeting IDJoin the meeting from the link in the calendar invite either using your Skype account or the guest linkSpeak with the LifeSize support team at your institution for assistance
Can I call in on a telephone?yesyesyesno
Can I join on a smartphone?yes, through an app (not recommended for hosts)yes, through an app (not recommended for hosts)yes, through an appno
Are their breakout rooms?yesnonono
Is there a digital whiteboard?yesnoyesno
Can Sessions be recorded by the host?yes, recordings are saved in Blackboard and can be downloaded by the host as an mp4yes, recordings can be downloaded by the meeting hostnono

Use Meeting Space Technology

This reference guide has been developed to assist you with accessing and utilizing FSU’s technology enhanced classrooms.

Use Web Conferencing

Skype for Business lets you add up to 250 people to online meetings, gives you enterprise-grade security, allows you to manage employee accounts, and is integrated into your Office apps. For further details, see linked pdf guide. To get Skype for Business installed on your machine submit a request to

Collaborate Online in a Virtual Classroom

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time online conferencing tool created for teaching and learning. The updated version of this synchronous collaboration tool opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Collaborate is integrated into Blackboard, so it is available to all faculty and staff who use Blackboard. All Framingham State faculty and students may use the tool to hold virtual class meetings, virtual office hours and guest speaker engagements in real-time. For best performance, use an updated version of the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.