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Score 7.1 out of 101

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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
7.2
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
6.1
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
9.8
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
5.6
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • The ability to host a number of people in a meeting and manage their participation via text and audio.
  • The screen sharing features allows presenters to demonstrate procedures exactly as instructed on the screen. This also allows the presenter to permit others to share their screens if they need clarification of something or to share further ideas.
  • The software gives you the freedom to use a whiteboard to draw/demonstrate concepts to students and other employees.
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Cons

  • Currently, the audio and video features are enabled separately from each other. You could end up in a situation where 6 people in a 12-person classroom have their cameras enabled and 6 different people have their microphones enabled. It would be ideal if one "Talk" button turned on that person's audio and video simultaneously.
  • The number of active participants able to turn on their microphone or camera is still limited compared to other products on the market. Competing products allow dozens of participants to enable their audio and video during the entire session without having to switch back and forth as Blackboard Collaborate requires with larger sessions.
  • Blackboard Collaborate still relies on Java to function. As such, it has to bundle a Java launcher application in order to open sessions. Similar products can function using HTML5 entirely within modern browsers.
  • Desktop sharing is not visible on mobile apps although the chat, whiteboard, and audio is fully functional.
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Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Collaborate9.0
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 Collaborate8.9
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 Collaborate8.0
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 Collaborate9.0
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 Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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Alternatives Considered

Blackboard is just the most widely known software. All of them have issues and glitches, but Blackboard is well supported.
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Scalability

Blackboard Collaborate8.0
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

  • Increased communication between employees in different areas.
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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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