Class Collaborate Transitioning to Zoom 6/30
UIC will be transitioning from the video tool Class Collaborate (previously known as Blackboard Collaborate) to Zoom, and other UIC-supported synchronous video systems that integrate with UIC Blackboard including Acadly Zoom, Echo360, and Google Meet, effective Friday, June 30, 2023.
What is changing? Heading link
Effective June 30, 2023, Class Collaborate will no longer be in service at UIC. Please note that UIC Blackboard will remain the university’s Learning Management System (LMS), and that only Class Collaborate will be sunset. Instructors will be able to use the above mentioned synchronous video systems in place of Class Collaborate.
Why is this change happening? Heading link
As a leading platform for webinars and online collaboration, Zoom simplifies and standardizes the video conference experience for students and instructors. Zoom provides a wide range of features and integrations that will enhance our teaching and learning experience, including breakout rooms, screen sharing, virtual backgrounds, and more. Zoom is integrated with Blackboard and has been widely and successfully used in many of our courses over the last few years. Additionally, Acadly provides many advanced academic integrations for Zoom.
Moving to the Zoom platform for synchronous video enables improved outcomes and integrations with other learning tools. This approach also improves the cost-efficiency of the academic technology ecosystem.
While we understand that this change may bring some challenges, we are here to provide the support you need to make the transition.
What do I need to do? Heading link
As we prepare for this transition, we want to ensure that everyone is aware of the relevant changes and has ample time to adjust. If you have recordings saved in Class Collaborate, they will need to be downloaded before Friday, June 30, 2023.
Where can I find Zoom support and resources? Heading link
- Zoom EDU: Zoom for Students
- Acadly with Zoom at UIC
- An Educator’s Guide to Using Zoom in the Classroom
- Zoom for UIC
- Zoom Resources from CATE
- Zoom Student User Guide
- Zoom Faculty/Staff User Guide
- How can Zoom meetings be scheduled in a Blackboard course?
We will also be working closely with colleges and departments to identify any specific needs or requirements that may arise during the transition.
Where can I get support? Heading link
Instructors can request support or consultation services at teaching.uic.edu/connect.
We appreciate your attention to this matter and supporting our efforts to leverage tools and resources that enhance UIC’s digital learning infrastructure with modern, sustainable solutions.