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Amazon Chime

14 Ratings

Blackboard Collaborate

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81 Ratings

Amazon Chime

14 Ratings
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Score 7 out of 101

Blackboard Collaborate

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81 Ratings
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Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Chime

Amazon Chime is a superior alternative to other free video conference/conference call programs. The call and video quality are great, and you can have multiple participants on both video and call. It's well suited for an organization that wants an affordable option for video and conference calls, but may not be appropriate for organizations with limited budgets or those who do very little conferencing.
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Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is well suited for online classes, to set-up virtual office hours and/or to provide online training.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Amazon Chime
7.3
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality audio
Amazon Chime
9.0
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
High quality video
Amazon Chime
8.7
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Amazon Chime
5.0
Blackboard Collaborate
6.2
Mobile support
Amazon Chime
6.5
Blackboard Collaborate
8.3

Screen Sharing

Amazon Chime
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Desktop sharing
Amazon Chime
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
Whiteboards
Amazon Chime
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7

Online Meetings / Events

Amazon Chime
7.7
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Amazon Chime
6.0
Blackboard Collaborate
9.8
Meeting initiation
Amazon Chime
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate
9.7
Record meetings / events
Amazon Chime
8.5
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Slideshows
Amazon Chime
8.0
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Integrates with social media
Amazon Chime
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2

Online Events Collaboration

Amazon Chime
8.5
Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Live chat
Amazon Chime
9.0
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Q&A
Amazon Chime
8.0
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Audience polling
Amazon Chime
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9

Online Events Security

Amazon Chime
9.0
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
Participant roles & permissions
Amazon Chime
9.0
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
User authentication
Amazon Chime
Blackboard Collaborate
5.7
Confidential attendee list
Amazon Chime
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • Great call quality! The conference line is crystal clear.
  • Strong video quality. We've never had problems with the video conference feed cutting out.
  • The app is pretty user friendly and easy to use.
  • Easy to send invites and to give teammates the ability to schedule calls/video conferences on behalf of another account.
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  • Fast synchronization accross devices upon a change
  • Well organized and simple to use
  • Able to take short quizzes and put a timer on them
  • Able to upload documents for assignments and provide a quick review of that document
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Cons

  • More simplified dial-in numbers. The PIN for our conference line is long and easy to mistype.
  • You do not have to download the Chime app in order to join a conference, but if you want to do anything beyond join (schedule a conference, participate in a group chat, control participants), you have to have the app downloaded and installed. The app that you have to download in order to launch a conference is a memory hog, and slows down a computer's boot up time.
  • The add-in for Microsoft Outlook is particularly clunky. It helps you add scheduled conference calls/video conferences to your Outlook calendar, but it can cause Outlook to crash, and creates a really slow open time for Outlook. If you can avoid downloading the Outlook Add-In, I would.
  • No built-in screen sharing capabilities.
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  • First time users have it hard to understand how to use it. Maybe, provide a "User Guide for the first-time log in users" would help to navigate easier with Blackboard.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
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It is a tool that faculty likes to use. It has so much flexibility to allow students to see a class even if they happen to not be available in the classroom.
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Usability

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Blackboard Collaborate8.9
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Collaborate is a easy to use, easy to learn, and a well supported product. It is not overly complex yet it is quite feature rich. I think that most users (both instructors and students) should find it easy to use without much outside help.
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Reliability and Availability

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Blackboard Collaborate8.0
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The availability of the software is quite impressive. You can access it at any time that you want and from anywhere that you want, but that depends on how the software is set up by the University. There might be sudden outages due to not having enough space on your database, which we had that very issue happen recently here at our University. During that time, you could not access their blackboard at all until it was brought up online again.
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Performance

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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
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The performance of the software is remarkable. The loading speed of the pages is more than satisfying, it all depends on the users internet package. So far, there wasn't any issue of Blackboard slowing down other software or systems when integrated with them
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Support

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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
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Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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Alternatives Considered

Amazon Chime is great for call and video quality. It's pretty comparable to Zoom both in cost and capabilities. It's definitely superior to UberConference and Join.me, both of which are not particularly reliable. I have had call quality and the screen shares freeze up. Also, neither UberConference or Join.me have a video conferencing ability.
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When Collaborate was chosen, other products investigated included Wimba (a predecessor), Big Blue Button, TinyChat, and others. Collaborate, though requiring a greater financial investment, was superior to other options in essentially all respects. Its integration into our existing LMS is seamless and important in our setting. Furthermore, the recording and access to the recordings likewise integrated into the LMS is another highly desirable feature. Finally, and perhaps most compelling for some, is the vendor-hosting model for Collaborate, which does not require clients to setup or maintain the necessary server and other resources
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Scalability

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Blackboard Collaborate8.0
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The reason for this rating is that the software is a pretty good tool that can be utilized for use in all of the Universities around the world. It has the capability to fulfill the needs of various different education systems. Although, there are slight improvements that are needed, therefore the rating is at 8.
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Return on Investment

  • Amazon Chime has been an incredibly cost effective way to add video and conference line services (with screen sharing) to our day to day operations because we have an account for free for being Vonage customers.
  • A pro account only costs $15 a month, and you only need one pro account for a small office. If others in your organization need to join, all you need is a basic account to join. You need a pro account in order to launch and administer meetings.
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  • Collaborate has had a positive impact on our goals, as it affords our online learners and faculty a place to meet and interact in online courses. It has proven itself more reliable and easier to use, as well as being a more modern option, than tools used in the past. Use of real-time meetings in our online class offerings are likely at an all-time high in part due to Collaborate's implementation.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Chime

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

Blackboard Collaborate

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