What users are saying about
109 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 7.3 out of 100
8 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

    7.5

    Blackboard Collaborate

    75%

    GoGuardian Teacher

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Blackboard Collaborate ranks higher in 4/4 features

    High quality audio

    8.1
    81%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High quality video

    7.9
    79%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Low bandwidth requirements

    5.7
    57%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile support

    8.3
    83%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Screen Sharing

    8.2

    Blackboard Collaborate

    82%

    GoGuardian Teacher

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Blackboard Collaborate ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Desktop sharing

    8.6
    86%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Whiteboards

    7.9
    79%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Meetings / Events

    7.4

    Blackboard Collaborate

    74%

    GoGuardian Teacher

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Blackboard Collaborate ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Calendar integration

    5.9
    59%
    13 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Meeting initiation

    7.4
    74%
    22 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integrates with social media

    6.0
    60%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Record meetings / events

    8.9
    89%
    29 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Slideshows

    8.7
    87%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Events Collaboration

    8.5

    Blackboard Collaborate

    85%

    GoGuardian Teacher

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Blackboard Collaborate ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Live chat

    8.9
    89%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Audience polling

    8.3
    83%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Q&A

    8.4
    84%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Events Security

    8.6

    Blackboard Collaborate

    86%

    GoGuardian Teacher

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Blackboard Collaborate ranks higher in 3/3 features

    User authentication

    8.4
    84%
    22 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Participant roles & permissions

    9.1
    91%
    28 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Confidential attendee list

    8.3
    83%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Student and Faculty Administration

    Blackboard Collaborate

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.4

    GoGuardian Teacher

    64%
    GoGuardian Teacher ranks higher in 6/6 features

    District Communications, such as messaging and alerting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Roster Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.1
    51%
    2 Ratings

    Platform Customization

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    1 Rating

    Teacher Self-Service

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating

    Student Data Security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating

    Community Support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    5.1
    51%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • GoGuardian Teacher is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    7.7

    Blackboard Collaborate

    77%
    30 Ratings
    9.0

    GoGuardian Teacher

    90%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Blackboard Collaborate

    90%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    GoGuardian Teacher

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    7.5

    Blackboard Collaborate

    75%
    8 Ratings

    GoGuardian Teacher

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    8.0

    Blackboard Collaborate

    80%
    2 Ratings

    GoGuardian Teacher

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    9.0

    Blackboard Collaborate

    90%
    2 Ratings

    GoGuardian Teacher

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Blackboard Collaborate

    88%
    7 Ratings
    9.7

    GoGuardian Teacher

    97%
    6 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.0

    Blackboard Collaborate

    80%
    1 Rating

    GoGuardian Teacher

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Blackboard Collaborate

    Blackboard Collaborate is well suited for teaching and learning, especially online classes. When used with learning management, Collaborate allows for seamless sign-on between the users' course sites and the web conferencing platform. Collaborate is ideal for launching virtual discussions, lectures, office hours, and more. Users can easily upload files to display or share their desktop/specific applications, which is great for demonstrating course principles and meeting learning objectives. Collaborate is really good for breakout rooms, where users join or are assigned to small groups for discussions or team-based learning activities.
    Mariann Hawken | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    GoGuardian Teacher is great for a teacher who needs a way to monitor student activities and work time on a laptop. It is easy to set up, simple to use and helps to keep students accountable when online in class. It integrates with Google Classroom which is a big help. It is more powerful for teachers experienced in using tech in the classroom. The archiving ability is great but the UX needs to improve.
    Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Blackboard Collaborate

    • 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.
    Becca Guler | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    • Cloud-based. Teachers do not have to monitor from just one device - they can do it from any device.
    • GoGuardian allows teachers to lock a student's screen when he/she needs the students attention.
    • GoGuardian allows the teacher to view all students' devices simultaneously.
    Rebecca Vold Preston | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Blackboard Collaborate

    • 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.
    Carly Pietrzyk, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    • Students sometimes do not show up in the software despite being logged on to a Chromebook.
    • A Chromebook coming in and out of a sleep state can cause the user to not show up correctly.
    Brandon Burch | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Blackboard Collaborate

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $300 per year

    Blackboard Collaborate Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Classroom$300.001
    Department$9000.001
    1. per year
    Additional Pricing Details

    GoGuardian Teacher

    General

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

    Starting Price

    GoGuardian Teacher Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    GoGuardian Teacher 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    For a technology-heavy school, it is a necessary and good tool for managing classroom use of laptops. It is easy to set up and use. Helps track time on task and internet usage. Another source of data when speaking to parents about student work and activity. Can help plan and manage work time when you have limited devices.
    Laurance J. Specht | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Blackboard Collaborate

    Blackboard Collaborate 7.5
    Based on 8 answers
    I feel that Blackboard Collaborate does a lot of things right. It’s great for educational purposes and may be better for some age levels than others. I feel that they may benefit from making features that distinguish the types of learning environments there are. Primary schools won’t be operating the same as high schools or universities and may need completely different options and features. As well as private schools and public schools. As they continue to improve and add more features the platform will be even better and more tailored to each of the end users.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    Blackboard Collaborate

    Blackboard Collaborate 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Blackboard Collaborate

    Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
    Based on 2 answers
    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
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Blackboard Collaborate

    Blackboard Collaborate 8.8
    Based on 7 answers
    The support has been very good. We integrate Blackboard into our learning management system so everything is seamless for users. Most issues arise from the user's browser configuration, cookies, and other privacy settings, not from the tool itself. Collaborate is pretty reliable with strong audio and video quality. Support has been helpful when we've had the occasional quirk, again more likely due to a user-side challenge than the platform itself.
    Mariann Hawken | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    GoGuardian Teacher 9.7
    Based on 6 answers
    They have been great to work with while piloting and implementing the program. They are quick to answer our faculty's questions and provide solutions to the problems. They are also open to feedback and suggestions concerning the program to help improve the platform. Our teachers have felt at ease with the implementation and are happy with the progress.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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
    Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    At the time we purchased GoGuardian there were no other alternatives that came even close to the functionality of this product. Over time I'm sure that some new products have been released. We, however, have not explored any other software suites for classroom management. We may in the future but for now, we are locked into GoGuardian Teacher.
    Brandon Burch | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Blackboard Collaborate

    • 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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    GoGuardian Teacher

    • District invested a large sum into the program - but it has increased student engagement in the district.
    • Teachers are more aware of how on-task students are in the classroom.
    • Teachers are able to track sessions with the ease of scheduling before-hand.
    Rebecca Vold Preston | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Add comparison