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Should I use Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom?

This article compares the different features and capabilities when teaching online synchronously using either Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom. Selecting the right tool depends on your course needs and teaching objectives.

Features to Consider When Choosing Which Tool to Use

 

Attendance Reporting

Both tools are able to generate a report of who attended a session, however Blackboard Collaborate can push those results to the Blackboard Learn Attendance tool, which enables awarding participation points into a GradeCenter column. For instructions on how to enable this functionality, please consult this Blackboard Help article.

 

Participant Video Display

Blackboard Collaborate is limited to 4 video thumbnails on screen. Zoom can display up to 49 per screen with additional shown on multiple pages. Additionally, the host can spotlight up to 9 videos in Zoom. Spotlight video puts a participant as the primary active speaker for all participants. All participants will only see the selected speakers as the active speakers. This feature is often used to spotlight a keynote speaker.

 

Share Multiple Host Camera Feeds or Devices

The Share camera option in Blackboard Collaborate, gives you the ability to share more than one camera. Share your video and share another camera connected to your computer. Students can see you and anything else you want to show. You can also share a second camera in Zoom, and can use your iOS or Android device camera for that purpose. For more information, see Can I use a document camera with Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate?

Upload Polling Questions before the Session

Both tools are able to conduct polls in session, however Blackboard Collaborate polls have to be created while in the live session. Zoom allows creation of polling questions at any time, with the ability to create multiple questions then save, and upload when convenient. 

 

Share Files to Breakout Rooms

Both tools have breakout room capability, however Zoom is limited to screen sharing in breakouts, while Blackboard Collaborate moderators can conduct group activities by sharing files for participants to discuss in their individual rooms. Moderators can also retrieve and save files that were shared in the breakout rooms.

 

Pre-assign Breakout Groups

Blackboard Collaborate breakout groups can only be created in session, but Zoom meeting hosts can split session participants into breakout rooms when scheduling the meeting. This can be useful if you already know how you want to split up your participants.

Screen Share Multiple Applications

On Blackboard Collaborate, you can choose a desktop application to share on screen, however in Zoom you can share multiple applications at once, instead of sharing the desktop. Hold the Shift key on macOS or the Ctrl key on Windows to select more than one application.


Additional Areas Where Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom Differ


Features

Blackboard Collaborate 

Zoom

Accessibility-Auto Transcript

No

Yes

Accessibility-Pin Video

No

Host up to 9, Participant 1

Attendance Reporting

Yes

Yes

Attendance to GradeCenter

Yes

No

Attendee Capacity

250, Webinar Mode 500

300

Breakout Rooms

Up to 20

Up to 50

Breakout Rooms-End Automatically

No

Yes

Breakout Rooms-Record

No

Yes if saved locally

Breakout Rooms-Preassign

No

Yes

Breakout Rooms-Message All

No

Yes

Breakout Rooms-Share Files

Yes

No

Camera-Share Multiple

Yes

Yes*

Create Poll Before Session

No

Yes

Gate Crashing Risk

Low

High

Share Application-Multiple

No

Yes

Set Timer

Yes

No

Videos on Screen

4

49

Virtual Background

No

Yes


* Zoom also allow use of smartphone as additional camera




Keywords:Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, web conferencing, collaboration tools, conferencing, online learning, synchronous sessions, teaching online, synchronous,   Doc ID:107119
Owner:Thomas O.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2020-11-11 14:36 CSTUpdated:2020-12-11 16:14 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
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