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Being a user of BigMarker I am fully satisfied
with their program and the features they are offering to me. Clear UI with easy to use interface helping me a lot to set up everything in minutes. Definitely recommend this masterpiece to other business to use it for effective virtual collaborations. Read full review
I would say it is very useful for group collaborations online, as well as virtual classrooms where you wish your students/guests to collaborate in an adaptable environment; however I would advise against using the shared screen to display audio or video, nor would I encourage the use of the shared board with a group of people with disciplinary issues (as there is no accountability for who wrote/drew what).
Read full review Pros Live streamed events Webinar style training Marketing and Automated webinars Ticketing for Digital events and training Read full review The Whiteboard feature is perfect for tutoring. We use it to write out formulas, draw diagrams, etc while in video chat to enhance explanations. The file attachment feature is also very handy. This means we don't have to do a follow-up with a student using their email to send files of handouts, etc. It's great that we only have to share a classroom access link for a student to enter a session. With other products, they had to set up a username and log-in with an account. Link access means 1 less hassle. We are currently beginning to use the "record session" feature video sessions to use as training for new employees. Read full review Cons Really need BigMarker to create a white label offering so I can embed it into my website without hassle for members to sign up. Would love to be able to stream my webinars to Facebook and other social platforms. Need picture resizing to be working well because a lot of my pictures are not resized automatically. Read full review Some of the newest computer high resolution screens are not as compatible with the interface. The font and windows are much smaller and the user is not able to increase the size of the windows to make it easier to read/navigate. The audio can sometimes be inconsistent and tune in and out when someone is speaking. This is not every time though and many times the audio is clear. The login process takes a bit longer to get into the program. You have to go through a few step process and loading time to get into the application. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
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.
Read full review Usability
The dashboard is very easy to use, I have been using
this as a go-to platform in the pandemic days and still using it for online webinars and virtual screening. All features and functions are well organized. I have been very much impressed by their support staff. Read full review
Blackboard Collaborate is reliable and feature-rich. It's a great web conferencing tool for teaching & learning, offering polls, chat, video and audio, whiteboard, content sharing, and breakout rooms. Blackboard Collaborate can be used for virtual office hours, lectures, guest speakers, training, professional development, conferences, technical support, academic advising, and so much more. Blackboard Collaborate can be used separately from the learning management system or it can be integrated for a single sign-on experience. It supports recordings, playbacks, private sharing, and MP4 downloads. Overall, it's a solid tool and very reliable.
Read full review Reliability and Availability
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.
Read full review Performance
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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There have been occasions that we needed to get in touch with support to help get a template design to look a specific way. They are always quick to reply on their chat and have had their design team fix issues for us in no time
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Sometimes they do planned maintenance. Depending on the time zone you’re in, this may be in the middle of the night. That’s great. Sometimes this maintenance isn’t completed overnight however, and you need to use the platform and it is down. I’ve never been able to successfully contact them to report an outage or get assistance when it is down. I just have to wait until it comes back up to go to class, review sessions, etc.
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I've been using this for so long I honestly don't know what else is out there. I am THAT satisfied!
Read full review Nearpod
does not allow for the same type of synchronous environment that Blackboard collaborate does. Further,
, as the name suggests is best suited for a face-to-face classroom that is, preferably, one-to-one. While it has some of the same functions as
, Blackboard collaborate is best suited for remote transmission rather than face-to-face
Read full review Scalability
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.
Read full review Return on Investment Haven't seen a tangible ROI yet, but I can say it's made communication easier. Read full review Because faculty can schedule sessions on-the-fly without IT involvement, they are able to accomplish goals that they plan for weeks in advance as well as impromptu goals that come up at a moments notice. Integration with the campus Learning Management Systems provides quick and easy scheduling of sessions that can be joined easily by students in those courses. Scheduling of meetings can also be done through the web interface directly which enables administrative departments not associated with courses in the learning management system to also schedule meetings not affiliated with courses. On-campus users can schedule meetings without outside participants by sending an open "guest link" URL that allows users to participate despite not having an account within the system iteself. Read full review ScreenShots