Blackboard purchased the Elluminate and Wimba systems in 2010 and announced its intentions to merge both products into a single solution. As result, Collaborate will be the online classroom solution for UAB as of Fall 2013 (See Timeline). We are preparing for this transition with pilot projects, which began in Summer 2012, a series of communications to ensure that everyone is made aware of the transition, and extensive workshop events to ensure that all Wimba users can successfully transition to the new software.
Much like Wimba, Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses.
This system is being used on a pilot basis on some UAB courses during the Fall 2012 term. It provides many of the same features and functions that Wimba does, and will be the UAB online classroom tool from Fall 2013 forward.
The following links provide information on using the system from the moderator perspective. The student support page contains information on how Collaborate works from the participant perspective.