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Web Conferencing Tool Transition Plan

The University of Wisconsin System has announced a transition plan to end our Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing service on June 30, 2021 and implement a new web conferencing service in time for the Fall 2021 semester. UW System has issued a letter of intent to negotiate a web conferencing contract with Zoom, with the goal of having Zoom ready to use for Fall 2021 courses. This page outlines the important events of this web conferencing tool transition period and provides resources to help guide instructors and students through the transition.

Preserving Recordings and Reports

All access, including administrative access, to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra services and data in both Canvas courses and the MyUW System portal will end on June 30, 2021. All users must download any needed session recordings, attendance reports, and poll reports from the Collaborate Ultra tool prior to the June 30, 2021 deadline. Please see the Saving Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Data page for more information on how to archive your recordings and reports.

Summer 2021 Courses

Our recommendation is for instructors to use Microsoft Teams meetings for web conferencing from the beginning of the Summer 2021 term. UWGB instructors and students will no longer be able to run Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions after June 30, 2021. This date falls in the middle of the Summer 2021 term. Using Teams from the beginning of the term will prevent instructors and students from needing to switch web conferencing tools in the middle of a course. To aid students and instructors who will be using Microsoft Teams meetings in Summer 2021, CATL has created and collected helpful resources on teaching and learning with Teams meetings.

Fall 2021 and Beyond

UW System's stated goal is to have Zoom ready for use by Fall 2021. For courses taught in Fall 2021 and beyond, UWGB instructors can choose to hold web conferencing sessions with either Microsoft Teams meetings or Zoom. Please continue to watch this space for updates regarding the Zoom implementation plan and Zoom training opportunities.