Class Collaborate Service Ending December 2024

Due to the Learning Management System (LMS) Implementation Project to Canvas, the Class Collaborate service will end on December 31, 2024. Fall 2024 will be the last semester this service will be available for use. See the Canvas LMS Transition site for more details about the move from Backboard to Canvas.

Service Summary

Class Collaborate (formerly Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) is an interactive web conferencing and virtual classroom environment designed for teaching and learning and real-time collaboration. It is available in all myMason Organizations and Blackboard Courses. Instructors can use Collaborate to set up virtual conferencing for their classes while students can participate in chat and discussion sessions from anywhere. Instructors can also share PowerPoint presentations and other content using a virtual whiteboard. Additional features include multi-person audio and video, screen sharing, chat, and breakout rooms.

Uses include:

  • Holding virtual office hours
  • Recording lectures
  • Student group meetings
  • Inviting guest speakers
  • Connecting with internship or abroad students
  • Emergency proofing courses

Getting This Service

Class Collaborate is a Course Tool available within Blackboard Courses and myMason Organizations.


Class Collaborate workshops are held periodically—sign up for these workshops at


Class Collaborate is available 24/7. Any outages will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.


All users of the George Mason University network must adhere to University Policy Number 1301: Responsible Use of Computing.

Additional Information

For questions and comments regarding the Class Collaborate system email

Join the Blackboard & Instructional Technologies Collective

The Blackboard & Instructional Technologies Collective is a team for Mason's faculty and staff instructional technology users to communicate with their peers and discuss new features, best practices, and other topics of interest pertaining to the following ITS-supported tools: Blackboard, Kaltura, Poll Everywhere. This is not intended to replace submitting an issue via the ITS Support Center. The collective is moderated by members of the Mason community and ITS.

Submit an ITS support request if:

  • It is something that requires an urgent/timely ITS response
  • You are requesting information or troubleshooting assistance

Post in one of the channels if:

  • You would like to share a use case or feature you’ve found helpful
  • You would like to test out a new feature with your peers
  • You would like to know how your peers are using the tools

To become a member of the Blackboard & Instructional Technologies Collective, go to