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Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is particularly well suited for one (or a few) speakers presenting information for a large number of more passive participants who may only interrupt for a few questions at a time. This makes it particularly well suited for a traditional education environment. It does not do well for meetings or group discussions where there may be more than 6 people who would like to be seen and heard during the session without having to constantly turn on and off their audio and video.
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GoToMeeting

GTM is excellent for meetings or webinars that encompass large groups of people. Registration is easy and provides calendar reminders to participants. When considering this product, I recommend that you determine how often you host conference (audio or video) calls and other online events. If it is very infrequent, this may not be the product for you. Being able to pre-schedule meetings and sending out reminders were critical for our organization
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
GoToMeeting
8.3
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
GoToMeeting
8.8
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
GoToMeeting
8.9
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
5.8
GoToMeeting
8.0
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
GoToMeeting
7.6

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
GoToMeeting
8.5
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
GoToMeeting
9.1
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
GoToMeeting
7.9

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
GoToMeeting
8.6
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
GoToMeeting
9.0
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
GoToMeeting
9.0
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
GoToMeeting
7.5
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
GoToMeeting
8.6
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
GoToMeeting
8.7

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
GoToMeeting
8.6
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
GoToMeeting
8.9
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
9.1
GoToMeeting
8.5
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.8
GoToMeeting
8.3

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
GoToMeeting
8.7
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
6.6
GoToMeeting
8.6
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
8.8
GoToMeeting
8.6
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
GoToMeeting
9.1

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Allows for sharing of the whiteboard between participants
  • Easy to enter rooms
  • Ease of recordings and retrieval of recordings
  • The tools that are available...text, write, chat, talk, app share, go directly to videos
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GoToMeeting

  • Sharing screens between users. GTM allows presenters to share their screen or another attendee's screen. A picture is worth a thousand words and when trying to assist clients, being able to show information visually is a great help.
  • GoToWebinar panelists. ITI hosts webinars each month and by allowing multiple panelists, our presenter can focus on the actual presentation while other panelists manage questions from attendees. This keeps the webinars running smoothly and ensuring that everyone is remaining engaged.
  • Allows for large groups of people from multiple locations to collaborate. ITI works with clients across the globe and when we need to meet with a client that has people in multiple locations, GTM makes it easy. The email invitation provides a simple method for everyone to access the meeting and allow for real-time collaboration without boundaries.
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Cons

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Some of the more advanced features are difficult to use.
  • Troubleshooting at home can be difficult--if it doesn't open for some reason, etc.
  • I have been kicked off repeatedly before (although this might be more my own computer functionality, rather than the program).
  • Sometimes there is a lag, causing the presenter's voice to need to catch up/speed up.
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GoToMeeting

  • I would like to see more countries supported for local dial in numbers.
  • GoToMeeting does not support integration with Outlook for Mac. This is something many folks would find highly useful.
  • Unlike some other software providers, GoToMeeting doesn't have the ability to let guests interact digitally with "hand-raising", and emoticons.
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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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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting 10.0
Based on 32 answers
I do not have a purchasing decision.
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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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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting 10.0
Based on 4 answers
The product just works.
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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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GoToMeeting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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GoToMeeting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I am assuming that the support is amazing because i never have issues.
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Implementation

Blackboard Collaborate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It just works, get into the software and start using.
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Alternatives Considered

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate meets the needs of a conferencing tool. It is especially great used in sync with other Blackboard products.
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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is hands down the easiest to integrate and setup. The audio and video quality are fantastic, everything is clear, demos are easy and meetings much smoother and less time consuming and from anywhere with an internet connection.
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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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GoToMeeting

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Adoption rates have been low so ROI isn't what it could be. However, in our case, this is due to a lack of training about and on the product.
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GoToMeeting

  • GoToMeeting is a well-recognized brand and it will require no additional explanations to third parties
  • The free solution is good enough, premium features are well priced
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Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General

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

GoToMeeting

General

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

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