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Blackboard Collaborate - Students

Blackboard Collaborate is NOVA’s current e-conferencing system. It is a Java-based Web conferencing application that assists with interactive online instruction, office hours, assignment discussions or projects and meetings. Blackboard Collaborate provides real-time two-way audio, application sharing, Web browsing, white-boarding and text chatting.

Blackboard Collaborate can be used

  • within your Blackboard course or
  • for online meeting rooms for participants within and outside of NOVA.

Additional support and information is available on the Blackboard Collaborate site by clicking on the button below and Tutorials in the tabbed section.

View an overview of Blackboard Collaborate. (requires Flash Player)

NOTE: eNOVA was discontinued on May 14, 2012 and replaced with Blackboard Collaborate. Recorded eNOVA sessions are available to view. Click here to login to review recorded sessions.

Java and the JNLP File

Blackboard Collaborate utilizes Java for each session and to playback recordings. Each time you enter a session or playback a recorded session, you will be asked to run a JNLP file. You must run this file or the application will not load.

Can Your Computer Run Blackboard Collaborate?

You can check your system requirements here to ensure that your computer is equipped with what is needed during the workshop.


Helpful Links


  • Blackboard Collaborate Web conferencing will be upgraded and unavailable Sat., Sept. 29 at 10:00 p.m. to Sun., Sept. 30, 2012 at 2:00 a.m. Users should automatically download the update the first time they join a session after the upgrade. Additional support can be found on the TAC Collaborate Tutorials site or please contact or 703.764.5051.