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Score 6.7 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

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.
Becca Guler | 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

Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
GoGuardian Teacher
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
GoGuardian Teacher
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
GoGuardian Teacher
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
5.9
GoGuardian Teacher
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
GoGuardian Teacher

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
GoGuardian Teacher
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
GoGuardian Teacher
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
GoGuardian Teacher

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
GoGuardian Teacher
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
GoGuardian Teacher
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
7.5
GoGuardian Teacher
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
GoGuardian Teacher
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
GoGuardian Teacher
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
GoGuardian Teacher

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.6
GoGuardian Teacher
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.3
GoGuardian Teacher
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
GoGuardian Teacher
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
9.1
GoGuardian Teacher

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
GoGuardian Teacher
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
GoGuardian Teacher
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
8.3
GoGuardian Teacher
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
GoGuardian Teacher

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate

  • 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.
Carly Pietrzyk, PhD | TrustRadius Reviewer

GoGuardian Teacher

  • Account setup is very easy.
  • The software is extremely intuitive.
Brandon Burch | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer

GoGuardian Teacher

  • The initial learning curve of the program took some time, but then was easy to follow.
  • We were only able to start using it after our IT department sent our classes to us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 7.0
Based on 6 answers
It's good but could use some improvement in the ease-of-use category. The interface is not bad, but not always the most intuitive, which makes it a bit more difficult to learn. Performance is very good, limited mainly by the quality of the internet connection. Having the ability to use the phone for audio helps with that.
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 8.7
Based on 5 answers
Blackboard Collaborate offers great value for the price. It delivers excellent consistency in terms of a content interface across campus. Because of this, the system is student-friendly for their entire campus career. The product is also user friendly and our faculty picked up the necessary skills rather quickly after a few weeks of training.
Francis Moninger | TrustRadius Reviewer

GoGuardian Teacher

GoGuardian Teacher 9.6
Based on 6 answers
The support is great. On the rare occasion that I've had to reach out to support they have been very quick to respond and extremely helpful. I've also had teachers reach out directly to support themselves. Most of the time I don't even know that a teacher has reached out to support until after the fact. They always seem satisfied.
Brandon Burch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Blackboard Collaborate

While other products can handle more active participants in a meeting at one time, Blackboard Collaborate has a much simpler and easy-to-use interface that makes it an ideal product for one to many presentations. It integrates fully with multiple learning management systems to allow simply scheduling as well as has a separate front-end to allow for use outside of the LMS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

GoGuardian Teacher

LanSchool had the same idea as GoGuardian but it was not cloud-based. This meant that LanSchool was unable to be used on multiple devices because it only tracked the data from one desktop device. This made it more difficult for teachers to monitor students because they had to use one specific device to track student's device data.
Rebecca Vold Preston | 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

  • Collaborate Ultra has been the most effective for us for training faculty virtually.
  • Faculty have been excited that they can have a remote guest speaker in their classroom, and all they need to do for set up is to e-mail that guest speaker a link to join the session.
  • Collaborate Ultra is beyond useful for faculty to meet with online students who are either across the country, or even in other countries, with tools that really help to focus on course work.
Joseph Axenroth | TrustRadius Reviewer

GoGuardian Teacher

  • It allows us real-time information to handle situations.
  • It has increased students adherence to online behavior norms.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General

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

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

GoGuardian Teacher Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate
5.6
GoGuardian Teacher
9.5

Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
GoGuardian Teacher
10.0

Usability

Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
GoGuardian Teacher

Reliability and Availability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
GoGuardian Teacher

Performance

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
GoGuardian Teacher

Support Rating

Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
GoGuardian Teacher
9.6

Scalability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
GoGuardian Teacher

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