Web Conferencing


HSU uses Elluminate (currently undergoing a name change to Blackboard Collaborate) to provide a virtual classroom or meeting environment for students, staff, and faculty. 

Faculty can:

  • Create and run virtual classes while maintaining quality and accessibility
  • Offer extended office hours
  • Hold tutoring and mentoring sessions at any time
  • Leverage limited teaching resources

Faculty and staff can:

  •  Involve outside experts at minimal cost
  • Conduct inter-campus projects and meetings without traveling
  • Maintain schedules in the event of natural disasters

Students can:

  • Replay class sessions at any time to review materials

All Elluminate users can also use vRoom for small meetings of up to three people.

Who's it for?

System Configuration

To get the most out of using Elluminate, you'll need to ensure that

Please refer to the comprehensive list of hardware, software, and sound system requirements to check your system.

Elluminate works with:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Solaris

Note: The Technology Help Desk is not able to assist with Linux and Solaris installations.

Additional Information


For ideas and advice on using Elluminate to enhance instructional materials, contact your ITC for assistance.

Learn more about how other universities, both inside and outside the CSU system, have been using Elluminate.

Blackboard and the CSU Chancellor's office are collaborating on improving the accessibility of the Elluminate service to support all members of the CSU system.

When you sign up for your free vRoom, you automatically become a member of LearnCentral, a social learning network for education, and of the vRoom Best Practices Group where you can connect with other vRoom users and share vRoom best practices and success stories.

You'll find many additional resources for using the different elements of Elluminate in the training section of the Elluminate web site.

Accessing This Service

HSU's Elluminate environment is hosted by Blackboard, so you'll log into the service on the web at  http://sas.elluminate.com. Your Elluminate login credentials are:

Username = <your HSU User Name>
Password = <your Elluminate password>

You can also access Elluminate through Moodle.

When you first log in, you should change your password. You can do this by clicking on the Profile tab and selecting Change Password.

To access vRoom, just complete the one-time vRoom registration. Once that's done, simply bookmark your vRoom; you can return to it whenever you need to hold a small online meeting or one-on-one session.

Using This Service
Frequently Asked Questions

Elluminate is provided as a hosted service on the Blackboard Collaborate website


HSU's Acceptable Use Policy governs the use of Elluminate's web conferencing and virtual meeting software by all HSU staff, students, and faculty, whether on or off campus.