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Score 7 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate

It's useful for a classroom video session with a professor, as multiple students can access it at once (it will stream better if only the instructor uses video and others just use chat) and both lecture or answer questions, employing the Whiteboard feature as necessary. There is a hand raising option students can use to signal that they have a question, or they can just put a question in on the chat section.It is not as interactive as some video tutoring platforms I have seen, but it is something that our support services at school have access to with a site license, so it's ideal for us.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
5.8
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
9.1
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.8

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
6.6
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
8.8
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate

  • The synchronous environment is great for online and hybrid courses. Students are able to ask questions and receive feedback in real time.
  • The video option is great, especially for 100% online courses. It gives a face to the professors name--humanizes us a little bit for the students.
  • The record option is wonderful for students who cannot be in class, students with special needs, enrichment/supplement, and content reviews.
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Cons

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Logging in can be challenging for students who are not exactly computer literate. The program's reliance on an updated Java can be a real source of frustration for students and parents.
  • Accessing sessions once they've been recorded is a bit cumbersome. It is especially difficult for professors who are not as computer literate.
  • Accessing a virtual classroom could be improved. I would like to see a customizable "button" or "widget" option that can be placed on a professor's webpage.
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Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.9
Based on 3 answers
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

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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Alternatives Considered

Blackboard Collaborate

Nearpod does not allow for the same type of synchronous environment that Blackboard collaborate does. Further, Nearpod, 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 Nearpod, Blackboard collaborate is best suited for remote transmission rather than face-to-face
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Scalability

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Blackboard Collaborate

  • The program has allowed enhanced communications between teachers and students so that students can get real time tutoring and not rely on back and forth emails.
  • The program gives teachers a platform to come together and participate in professional development activities together and ask questions/make suggestions in real time.
  • Has created an "office" like atmosphere online to help simulate a brick and mortar classroom teacher office where students can feel comfortable communicating with teachers about their concerns.
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Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General

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