What has changed in Blackboard Summer 2016

We have upgraded our Blackboard installation to version Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 which mainly delivers changes to support a new mobile responsive design (coming later in the year) and bug fixes.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra offers a browser based, java-free experience. Collaborate Ultra has been available at UWE on request since summer 2015 and all courses will now use Collaborate Ultra by default. If you would like your live course(s) to use the old Collaborate, please contact the Blackboard Support team giving details of the full module and run codes.

For further information about what the Ultra Collaborate looks like, please watch the following YouTube video.


We have upgraded to the latest version of Kaltura to ensure that it is compatible with the new version of Blackboard. The new release of Kaltura mainly includes bug fixes.


Since Google removed YouTube’s ‘record from Webcam’ feature, the content editor has been updated with a new YouTube icon which now only allows users to browse to their YouTube videos.

Blackboard Student App

A new mobile app only for students called ‘Bb Student’ is now available from your app store. For further information please take a look at the BB Student guidance pages provided by Blackboard.

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