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How can I use an iPad tablet in a Bb Collaborate session?


As of August 31, 2021, UofT will no longer license Bb Collaborate. Please see ACT's termination of Collaborate license memo for more details. We recommend reviewing our guide of currently available webinar tools for alternate options to host synchronous online sessions.

The iPad app version of Bb Collaborate does not allow you to share applications. In order to use your iPad and stylus in a Bb Collaborate session, we recommend using a cloud-based tool (like OneNote) to generate your annotations. Simultaneously, you are logged into the session on a computer and are sharing your cloud-based tool via that session so that your changes are shared in real-time.

These instructions detail one solution to this challenge. Alternately, you could look at mirroring your iPad using your Mac computer or using the Duet app to extend your iPad as a second monitor for a PC computer.

To do this, you will need two stations: 

  1. Full computer with access to the full version of Bb Collaborate 
  2. iPad (or other app-driven tablet).

For testing, you are encouraged to use your sandbox Quercus course and not your live course.

If you have a Mac computer, be sure to check out how Prof. Chandra uses QuickTime to set up his iPad for BB Collaborate sessions!

Before you Begin: Enter your Quercus course and ensure that Bb Collaborate is enabled and that you have access to a session as a moderator.

To use OneNote on your iPad during a Bb Collaborate session:

  1. Open OneNote (on your computer)
  2. Open Bb Collaborate on a computer (or device that offers you the full application, e.g. Surface Pro)
  3. Use "Share Application/Screen" to share OneNote to the Bb Collaborate Session
  4. On your iPad, open your Notebook (via OneNote App)
  5. Confirm that your OneNote Notebook is dynamically updating via your Bb Collaborate Session
  6. Use your computer-based session to manage the session

1. Open OneNote (on your computer)

  1. Open the OneNote notebook that you will be using in the session (using the Web App; I have not tested this fully using the downloaded App and will update these instructions as I figure out the full details).

In order to share via "Share Application" in Bb Collaborate, the application has to be open on your computer.

2. Open Bb Collaborate on a computer

  1. Go to the Quercus course (where the session is hosted).
  2. Login to your Bb Collaborate session via the web app (full version) of Bb Collaborate.

3. Use "Share Content > Share Application" to share OneNote to the Bb Collaborate Session.

  1. In your Bb Collaborate session, navigate to the "Share Content" tab.
  2. Select on "Share Application/screen" in order to reveal the open applications on your computer (which can then be shared - you must have the application open for it to be available here.)

4. On your iPad, open your Notebook (via OneNote App)

  1. Open the OneNote App on your iPad.
  2. Open the same OneNote notebook that is already open on your other device.

5. Confirm that your OneNote Notebook is dynamically updating via your Bb Collaborate Session.

You can now use OneNote on your iPad as you normally would. OneNote is a cloud-based tool, which means that updating should sync automatically. Confirm that everything is syncing correctly by returning to your computer-based session.  If it is not syncing, you'll want to ensure that you've selected to automatically sync all the elements of your notebook.


  1. In the app (this option is not available on the web app), go to "Settings and More" menu (indicated by the three dots).
  2. Select on "Settings" (with the gear icon).
  3. Select on "Options."
  4. Confirm that 4,5, and 6 are toggled to "on."

6. Use your computer-based session to manage the session.

You can now use the computer-based, full-functionality session to manage the chat, view the attendees, add polls and timers, and create break-out groups. As an added benefit, this also leaves OneNote full-screen on your tablet, allowing you full real estate for drawing. The sync does work both ways, of course, so if you need to add an image or diagram, you can do this on your computer and it will display on your iPad for annotation.

How can I use my iPad/tablet as second session login? Having two devices logged into one session can make it much easier to moderate and monitor your session; many use it to login as a "student" to see what their students are seeing. You cannot be logged into one session more than once - unless you invite yourself with your own guest invitation!

  1. Copy and send yourself the Guest URL to your session (before you enter the Bb Collaborate session).
  2. Without logging out of your primary session, login concurrently (using the Guest URL) to the session on your iPad (or secondary device). You will not be allowed to login via your course more than once.
  3. Use your Moderator session to promote your iPad (or secondary device) to "Moderator."
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