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Adobe Connect

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Google Classroom

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Google Classroom

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is well suited for education. There is a lot of flexibility in designing the meeting room layout and the ability to have breakout rooms is a major advantage over other platforms. For simple meetings that are just there to have webcams so you can see all the meeting participants (rather than a face-to-face), and do not require sharing many documents, Adobe Connect works well but is overkill and other products would suffice.
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Google Classroom

Google Classroom is well suited to a class where you may have students turn things in digitally and/or you want to be able to push resources or info out to students, as well as assignments, all in one place. It may be less appropriate for a class where you are not having students do much digitally or where you are providing students with paper copies of everything.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.9
Google Classroom
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
8.1
Google Classroom
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.6
Google Classroom
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.9
Google Classroom
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
6.0
Google Classroom

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.8
Google Classroom
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.8
Google Classroom
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.7
Google Classroom

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
8.3
Google Classroom
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
8.3
Google Classroom
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
8.0
Google Classroom
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
7.7
Google Classroom
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.8
Google Classroom
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.9
Google Classroom

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.9
Google Classroom
Live chat
Adobe Connect
9.0
Google Classroom
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
9.2
Google Classroom
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.5
Google Classroom

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.6
Google Classroom
User authentication
Adobe Connect
8.4
Google Classroom
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.5
Google Classroom
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
9.0
Google Classroom

Learning Management

Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
8.1
Course authoring
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
8.3
Course catalog or library
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
7.1
Player/Portal
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
7.8
Learning content
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
8.8
Mobile friendly
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
8.6
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
8.2
Assignments
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
9.3
Compliance management
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
7.4
Learning administration
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
8.5
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
7.4
Social learning
Adobe Connect
Google Classroom
8.3

Pros

  • The main reason we chose Adobe Connect over other platforms is the robust Breakout Room option. Using Breakout Rooms in a class of 20-30 participants really drives interactivity in a virtual session. Participants love the design of small group activities RVIBE brings to a meeting and Adobe Connect is the tool of choice.
  • Polling is another great feature. The addition of Short answer polls let's our clients gain real insight into what their participants want. To be able to use polls in the event and not have to email them out our clients receive instant feedback and higher participation rating.
  • Custom pods. Adobe allows company's like RVIBE to create custom pods. RVIBE has created a GameShow Pod that helps drive gamification within an event. All RVIBE clients get to use this Pod free of charge and we have received great feedback . Its a simple pod that amplifies interactivity past what you can do in a live non virtual setting. RVIBE also has what we call our Vusion Pod. This brings HD quality video to the Adobe Connect environment. RVIBE is able to run multiple Adobe Connect sessions at the same time and with the Vusion Pod we can broadcast a live unified message to all sessions simultaneously. Think of a conference Town Hall then everyone goes to their small breakout sessions. With Adobe Connect and RVIBE Vusion you can conduct a Virtual Conference with a unified Town Hall!
  • The ability to Bridge TC systems and still conduct Breakout sessions is a great add for clients that are afraid to move to VoIP or just prefer TC over VoIP.
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  • Provide digital worksheets and rubrics for assignments
  • Deliver announcements and email updates with important reminders
  • I sync it with my calendar, so I am able to mange upcoming events/projects.
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Cons

  • Slides and images can be pre-loaded and deployed easily, but we have noticed some buffering issues when attempting to show video as a pre-loaded file.
  • Shared Templates offer a great way to set up and save multiple pods and layouts, however, we have encountered some issues when attempting to set up and save Breakout Rooms in a Shared Template.
  • When demonstrating screen-share tutorials for software, some parts of the application do not always render correctly for the viewer. In our experience, this problem typically occurs with more complex, multi-window applications.
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  • I would like there to be a more complex gradebook, that lets students see their total grade in the class and allows me to create weighted categories (there was a Beta gradebook released recently, which I have not explored yet. Perhaps this is included there)
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect10.0
Based on 27 answers
Given our recent success with Adobe Connect in deploying enterprise-wide training solutions and our subsequent investment in on-boarding designers and facilitators to deploy additional projects using it, I can see no reason we would not renew or change to another provider at this time. While Adobe Connect is a sophisticated solution, the learning curve is not nearly as steep comparable to other products, which has helped us quickly expand our use of it across the company.
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Google Classroom10.0
Based on 2 answers
More and more teachers are adopting Google Classroom into their curriculum at our school. I foresee it expanding throughout the school
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Usability

Adobe Connect9.0
Based on 5 answers
It's the easiest to use of all the major players in this space
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Google Classroom9.0
Based on 3 answers
This is only a product I would recommend to a humanities teacher. Math and science teachers cannot use this product the same way that I can as an English teacher. It is great for word process and for reading, but unable to handle the demands of math and science. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product to English or Social Studies teachers, but NOT math or science teachers
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Connect5.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Google Classroom9.0
Based on 1 answer
We have had very little trouble in accessing Google Classroom. Our issues, if any, have risen from our server and not the Google servers.
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Support

Adobe Connect7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Adobe Connect7.5
Based on 2 answers
The ability to have most of the functionality of a full LMS at a fraction of the cost is huge. I can create manage and deploy both synchronous and asynchronous training based on the situation and all of my training is tracked through a series of easily created reports
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No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Connect7.9
Based on 4 answers
Prices do not seem to vary much among resellers of the Adobe Connect hosted license; the only price variation you're likely to find are among the audio providers. When implementing, you may also wish to look into expanding the amount of storage you are allowed on the server to avoid any problems later on as your library of files starts to build up
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Google Classroom10.0
Based on 1 answer
It was relatively easy to implement due to the simplicity of the platform. Even our more technology challenged teachers found it easy to get started with Google Classroom.
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at GoToMeeting and WebEx, and for our size and the number of sessions we do, they did not make as much sense financially. Although Adobe Connect may seem like it requires a lot of money up front, the others make up for it in the end because of additional charges for meetings over a certain size, etc. We also preferred the interface of Adobe Connect as well as the high-quality recordings and server storage.
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Canvas has a MUCH steeper learning curve than Google Classroom does. Although it has the capacity to maintain a more detailed gradebook, the tradeoff for having an easier-to-use learning management system is worth it. Google Classroom doesn't require much instruction to learn how to use, and it can also be set up quite easily. I can post assignments to multiple classes at once, which is useful since I teach multiple class periods of the same course.
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Scalability

Adobe Connect5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Google Classroom10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to push out this program across our buildings. Teachers are able to use it without much trouble.
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Return on Investment

  • We turned what was formerly an annual mini-conference into a series of webinars, allowing us and our members to save on meeting and travel expenses.
  • We have added value to our members' experience, because we can now offer many virtual opportunities year-round as opposed to only during live events throughout the year. The visual and interactive elements of a webinar make them more attractive as a learning experience than a simple teleconference. And because the webinars are recorded, members can view them at their leisure.
  • We've been able to expand what we offer to our chapters in terms of support from the national office, and we've given them an additional means of delivering professional development opportunities to their local members.
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  • The impact of using Google Classroom has been very positive for me. It saves me a lot of time restating the learning objectives and assignment details as they are available 24/7 in the Classroom.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Connect

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Google Classroom

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details