Tool Comparison

Zoom

Zoom has a participant limit of 300. For over 300 participants, there are two options: Zoom Webinar and Zoom Large meeting licenses. Requests can be made to the WTS Helpdesk to enable these licenses in any Western Zoom account (at an additional cost). See Webinar Tools for more information.

The maximum number of users visible on screen at once is 49. The maximum duration of a meeting is 24 hours. Hosts can not host multiple meetings simultaneously. Meetings can be hosted and joined on the desktop app, mobile app, or web broswer.

Features of a Zoom meeting include:

  • Share files
  • Share application/screen
  • Participant tools
    • Raise hand
    • Polling
    • Chat
    • Breakout rooms
  • Session recording
    • Recordings are downloaded locally to the computer to the user who started the recording
  • Live captioning
    • Captions are manually input by a designated user in the meeting

Authentication is required to create and host a meeting. It can also be set per session for all participants (either for any Zoom account or limited to accounts using Western email addresses). External (guest) users can be invited to meetings using the meeting invitation without needing to authenticate. There are two roles in a Zoom meeting: Hosts and Participants. See Roles in a Meeting for more information.

 Zoom can be integrated into any OWL site. See OWL Help for more information.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra has a participant limit of 250. To increase your session limit up to 500, enable the Large Scale Session in the settings of your session. The maximum number of users visible on screen at once is 4. Sessions have no duration limit, allowing you to create a session with no date or time parameters. Multiple sessions created by the same moderator can be run simultaneously. Collaborate can only be accessed through OWL on a web browser. See OWL Help for more information.

Features of a Collaborate session include:

  • Share files
  • Share application/screen
  • Participant tools
    • Raise hand
    • Polling
    • Chat
    • Breakout rooms
  • Session recording
    • Recordings are uploaded to the cloud and made available in the OWL site where the session is hosted
  • Live captioning
    • Captions are manually input by a designated user in the session

Authentication is required for moderators to create and host a Collaborate session. External (guest) users can be invited to a session using a Guest Link. There are three roles in a Collaborate session: Moderator, Presenter, and Participant. See Collaborate Session Roles for more information.

 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has a participant limit of 300. For larger groups, Micrsoft Teams Live Event can be used. See Webinar Tools for more information. The maximum number of users visible on screen at once is 20. There is no limit to the duration of a Teams meeting. Users cannot be in multiple Teams meetings simultaneously. Meetings can be hosted and joined on the desktop app, mobile app, or web broswer (with some exceptions, including Internet Explorer and Safari. See Join a Teams Meeting on an Unsupported Browser for more information).

Features of a Teams Meeting include:

  • Share files
  • Share application/screen
  • Participant tools
    • Raise hand
    • Chat
  • Session recording
    • Recordings are available to be downloaded in the Team for 20 days before being automatically removed
  • Autogenerated live captioning

Authentication is required for users to access Microsoft Teams. External (guest) users can be invited to a Team, but they are required to authenticate with a Microsoft account. The roles in a Team do not determine the features users have access to in a meeting.


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