Conducting lectures and classes using Collaborate Ultra

The University’s video conferencing tool, Collaborate Ultra, allows you to conduct your lecture or class online.

The use of Zoom for video conferencing is strongly discouraged (see more information on Zoom here).

Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool which lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact with students. It opens in your web browser, so you don’t have to install any software to join a session.

Before the Collaborate session can run, you need to first create it on Minerva. Please follow the guidance provided on this page.

Running your session

When creating your content, consider the following:

Getting started

If you haven’t used Collaborate Ultra before, please see the guidance documents below which explain how to get started and plan your sessions for teaching

Guidance documents:


Use email and Announcements in Minerva to ensure that students are aware of when the session will run and to communicate any preparatory reading required.

Guidance on communicating can be found from the DES on Making announcements on the Minerva Guidance pages.


There are a number of tools which you can use to enhance your online class delivery. The links below will direct you to the Blackboard help website and give you an idea of what is possible.

Guidance documents:

Recording your lecture

It is strongly recommended that you record your Collaborate Ultra Session. In the current circumstances, students may be unable to attend a live session due to personal or technical reasons. If you record your lectures, it will enable students to view and/or revisit the content at a convenient time.

For guidance on how to record a session, refer to the Collaborate Ultra – Recording page.

Please remember to check your students are happy to be recorded first – there is an option to remove students’ names from recordings but this has to be enabled before the session takes place.

In addition, please make sure that you have read the Policy on audio or video recording for educational purposes before you record.

Remote Support

For troubleshooting, please refer to the Collaborate FAQ guide. Alternatively, you can contact the Digital Education Service Help Desk for further assistance.

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Explore the functionality of Collaborate Ultra so that you can effectively plan and deliver webinars.


Explore the functionality of Collaborate Ultra so that you can effectively plan and deliver webinars.