How can I share audio in a Blackboard Collaborate session when using a Windows PC?

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Audio from a podcast or in conjunction with a video clip can be shared with participants successfully using this information.

What types of audio can be shared?


  • Audio being played through a Chrome Tab (e.g. YouTube video, Podcast).
  • System audio when sharing a screen (e.g. DVD, local MP4 video, embedded PowerPoint video*).
  • Audio when sharing an application (e.g. Windows Media Player, VLC player, Spotify).
*Only if you use the screen/application sharing method described below, it won’t work if you upload your PowerPoint into Collaborate and play it that way.

How to Share Audio in a Collaborate Session


It is important to note that if wishing to share audio from browser based resources, you have to use the Google Chrome browser as it is currently the only one that has the functionality to share audio through Collaborate (except for microphone). If you are looking to share audio through an application or by sharing screens, you are only able to do this via a Windows PC.

Your attendees can use any browser they like, but it is recommended they use Chrome or Firefox.


  1. Open Google Chrome browser (essential as it will not work on other browsers).
  2. Enter your Blackboard Collaborate room as a Moderator.
  3. Click on the Open Collaborate Panel button in the bottom right corner.
  4. Click on the third, Share content icon at the bottom of the panel to see options for sharing content.
share button example

5. Click on Share Application/Screen.

6. In the window that appears:

7. Select Your Entire Screen or Application Window or Chrome Tab .

8. Click on the thumbnail image you want to share, e.g. screen, application or Chrome tab.

9. Click Share Audio box in the bottom left.

10. Click Share in the bottom right.

share screen example

You will now be sharing your audio as desired, whether it is from a webpage, PowerPoint slideshow, local video file or application.
Note: You are not currently able to share audio from browsers or applications on a mobile device, only the standard microphone audio can be shared.


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