Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: January 2017

NEW! Bb Collaborate Ultra

DeSales is in the process of transitioning from the current version of Blackboard Collaborate to a new version, technically known as Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience, but Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or just “Ultra” for short. Come to one of our upcoming workshops to learn more or if you just like to try things out, log in to our Bb Collaborate Ultra test room and give it a try.

Ultra is more modern-looking, has a more intuitive interface, is better for collaborating using video, and, best of all, does not require a launcher program to be downloaded and installed. All that being said, it is a big change from the previous version and will take some getting used to if you are an experienced user of the current version.


Now: Ultra available on request, “old” Collaborate remains available as well.

Fall 2017: all new sessions to be conducted in Ultra.

Fall 2018: end of support for replaying sessions recorded in “old” Collaborate.

Questions? Contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

Panopto 5.3 update

Panopto5Logo_SmallIn mid-December, Panopto released version 5.3 of their platform. The update includes some new features, including:

  • Quizzing – questions can be added directly into Panopto recordings during the editing process. Instructors can see the results in Panopto, at both the individual student and class levels.
  • Captions – all sessions created after 12/17/16 will automatically have machine-generated captions added. The captions can then be changed during the editing process. Captions can also be manually requested for older recordings.
  • Enhanced editing – several functions previously only available in the advanced editor have been added to the standard web-based editor, including switching between multiple video feeds, adding new slides into a recording, and adding a custom image that appears prior to playing a recording.

Find more details on these new features by visiting the Faculty or Student orientations within Blackboard Learn (, or watch a webinar from Panopto.

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