Where do I find my recordings?

Record your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions so that your participants can access presentations whenever they need them. Stop and restart whenever you need to, and when finished, locate them to share.  

Recorded sessions are compressed and saved as MP4s. Recordings include activity in the live session.

  • Audio
  • Any content shared or active speaker video. If both are shared during the session, only the content shared is recorded.
  • Chat messages in the Everyone channel. Private messages and chat messages in breakout groups are not recorded.

Only moderators can turn recording on in sessions. Everyone can view the recordings from any device as often as they want. There are no view limits.


Recordings need to be converted into a playable format before viewing. The first time a recording is accessed the conversion begins. It may take a few minutes but once is has been done the recording can be viewed by everybody.

If you want chat messages to be anonymous in the recording, make sure you select that option in Session Settings before you start the session. To learn more, see Session Settings.

Where do we access our recordings?

Both you and your participants access your recordings under the Virtual Classroom  menu on your Blackboard course.

Open the Menu, and select Recordings.

Recordings won’t be available immediately after the session as they can take a while to process, so if you check back an hour or two after your session, you should see it appear.

You can also change the filter to see all recordings. Otherwise, only recordings from the last 30 days will appear by default.

You can also access a register to see who attended the session and how long they were signed in for. From your sessions page change the filter to all previous sessions:

Click on the button at the end of the session you want to access and choose “View reports”

Need more help or information?

See the Blackboard Help notes on recording your session:

https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions/Recordings

What next?

Do your participants know how to access your recordings? There are some steps you can take to make this even easier for them.

Downloading your recordings

As a moderator, you can change your session settings to allow recording downloads.

Select Edit settings:

Select allow recording downloads:

This will enable you to go back to all of your session recordings and download them.

You might wish to download your session for editing or to allow you to upload the recording to Kaltura, to caption them or embed more visibly on your course, or reuse at a later time. You can adjust this setting back after you have downloaded your session file.