Web Conferencing Comparison

This chart compares the functions of the web conferencing tools available to the GW community.

 

Blackboard Collaborate

WebEx

Zoom

MS Teams

Google Meet

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Blackboard Collaborate

Webex

Zoom

MS Teams

Google Meet

Common Use Cases

         
 

Teaching Sessions, Share Lectures, Classroom Breakout Sessions

Team meetings, Live Events for internal and external contacts, and other Many-to-Many needs, unified external/internal phone client

Teaching Sessions, Team meetings, Live Events and other Many-to-Many needs

Team meetings, Team chat, Casual Audio-Video Chat

Casual Audio-Video Chat

Calling Internally to University

         

Calling Outside University

         

Teaching Sessions

         

Training or teaching with break-out sessions

         

Training or teaching with in-session polling, quizzes, exercises, or tests

         

Casual, on-the-fly Instant Messaging

         

Casual, on-the-fly audio chat

         

Casual, on-the-fly video chat

         

Scheduled Meetings

         

Meeting where all participants might need to speak

         

Invite guests lectures who do not have a GW account

         

Meeting or discussion where one or more participants needs (or prefers) to attend by phone

         

Webinars or Events requiring registration

         

Key Benefits

         
 
  • Included in the Blackboard classroom environment
  • Students must be enrolled in class in order to attend
  • Attendance tracking can be done automatically and saved in Grade Center
  • Different Types: Meeting, Training, and Event
  • Mobile and Desktop Applications
  • More participants available with base account
  • Unified phone client that integrates existing internal and external phone services 
  • Fully integrated with existing enterprise voice infrastructure
  • Different Types: Meeting and Webinar
  • Mobile and Desktop applications
  • Included in the Blackboard classroom environment
  • Intuitive to use
  • Different Types: Meeting, Training
  • Mobile and Desktop applications
  • Attendance reports and class insights show how students engage with the class
  • Fully integrated with Microsoft 365 platform
  • Integrated with Google Suite
  • Easy tool for casual interactions

Available to

         
 

Anyone who is teaching or enrolled to take a course in Blackboard

Staff, Faculty, Student, Wage, Affiliate

Staff, Faculty, Student (Wage and Affiliate in Zoom Grouper Group with Approval)

Staff, Faculty, Student, Wage, Affiliate

Staff, Faculty, Student, Wage, Alumni, Affilates, Organizations

Access/Setup

         
Google Calendar Scheduling Add-on          
Dial-in (toll number) option          

Limitations

         

Max. # of participants with base account

250 Regular Scale Session / 500 Large Scale

1000 Meetings / 3000 Live Events (max 2 concurrent at 3000, 1000 otherwise)

300

300 Users in a Meeting / 20 Users in Private Chat

250

Number of participants viewable on screen per page

5

25

49

49

49

Max. # of participants, add-on (available upon request)

 

3000 two concurrent Licenses, 1000 otherwise.

500 webinar/1000 webinar (requires a license request)

NA

NA

Important Features

         

Record Session

         

Automatic Transcriptions of Record Session

         

Chat

         

Share File

         

Share Screen

         

Share iPhone or iPad Screen

         

Polling

         

Whiteboard

         

Breakout Groups

         

Reactions

         

Q&A

 

Available in Events only

     

Real Time Closed Captions

 

Available upon request

     

Blur Video Background / Virtual Background

         

Live Captioning

Available upon request DSS

Available upon request

Available upon request

   

Personal Room

         

Desktop Application option

         

Mobile Application option

         
Security          

Lobby / Waiting Room

         

Meeting can be locked

Only course members can join a session unless professor gives a guest link to an outside person

       

 

 

Resources

Instructional Technology Lab

The Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) team offers expertise and guidance to instructors who need assistance with Blackboard and other instructional technologies they use for teaching.

[email protected]

Information Technology

General information, help and training materials for:

Webex

Zoom

Microsoft Office/365/MS Teams