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Academic Technology Launchpad: Videoconferencing

Computer and academic technology resources for students

Videoconferencing Tool Comparison

Your instructors can choose between a few videoconferencing options at the College. Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, and Blackboard Collaborate are the most commonly used and the options supported by the College.

 
Categories Features Cisco Webex Unified App Microsoft Teams Blackboard Collaborate Cisco Webex Meetings
 
Student experience  
Mobile friendly Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blur background Yes* Yes No Yes*  
Ability to upload your own virtual background Yes Yes No Yes
Ability to change user profile photo Yes Yes Yes No
Application or Browser compatible Application and Browser compatible Application and Browser compatible Browser compatible, mobile Application available Application and Browser compatible
Ability to Remove Background Noise Yes No No Yes
Hand Raising Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emojis in chat Yes (and GIFS) Yes (and GIFs) Yes No
Closed Captioning Yes Yes Can assign a live captioner Yes
Ability to turn off self-view but still have camera on Yes No No No
Ability to change screen name in meeting Yes Admin approval needed No, students enter with official Blackboard name Yes
Unique tool features  
Study group capable Students cannot meet without the instructor present Students can meet without the instructor present Students can meet without the instructor present Students cannot meet without the instructor present
Breakout Rooms Chat messages are saved by going to File option. Per Instructor permission, students are allowed to switch between the main room and breakout groups. Students can share content and share screen. Ability to chat with group, ability to chat with larger chat channel in team space, option to share screen, applications, and files. Chat messages and files are saved. Students are allowed to switch between the main room and breakout groups. Ability to chat with group, ability to chat with larger chat channel, option to share screen, applications, and files. Ability to chat with group, ability to chat with people outside your group, option to share whiteboard, screen, applications, and files as a presenter. Per Instructor permission, students are allowed to switch between the main room and breakout groups. Chat messages are saved by going to File option.  Per Instructor permission, students are allowed to switch between the main room and breakout groups. Students can share content and share screen. Ability to chat with breakout group, option to share screen, applications, and files.

 

 

 

 

 

*Blur background doesn't work on certain Mac versions