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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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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
7.0
GoToMeeting
8.0
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
GoToMeeting
8.5
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
GoToMeeting
8.5
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
5.7
GoToMeeting
7.4
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
GoToMeeting
7.5

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
GoToMeeting
8.4
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
6.8
GoToMeeting
9.0
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
7.7
GoToMeeting
7.8

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.3
GoToMeeting
8.3
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
GoToMeeting
8.7
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
7.4
GoToMeeting
8.3
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
GoToMeeting
7.6
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
GoToMeeting
8.4
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
GoToMeeting
8.4

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
GoToMeeting
8.2
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
GoToMeeting
8.2
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
8.6
GoToMeeting
8.1
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
GoToMeeting
8.2

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
GoToMeeting
8.5
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
GoToMeeting
8.3
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
GoToMeeting
8.4
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
GoToMeeting
8.9

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.
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GoToMeeting

  • GoToMeeting helps conduct meetings for remote participants to join in the presentation from their own office.
  • GoToMeeting records presentations visual and audio portions for later reference for those unable to attend.
  • GoToMeeting is fairly intuitive, so users/participants who have never accessed the software are typically able to figure out how to access the meeting without any instructions or prep work.
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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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GoToMeeting

  • It's just clunky. I find we spend more time making sure everything is set up okay at the beginning of each meeting than with other vendors.
  • Swapping presenter rights is a pain! Wish we could just share the screen in our meetings--maybe this is a setting we have to change on our end.
  • Finding the right way to do audio. When we are in conference meetings with a few of us in person, and a few others joining remotely, we always seem to spend a few minutes figuring out who to mute, who not to mute, etc. before the meeting gets started. Often times, we just end up muting everyone and calling the remote teammates with our cell phone on speaker.
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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 8.3
Based on 34 answers
It is not my decision to make in our company, but I am pretty sure we will continue using this tool as it has proved its value for us and does help a lot in terms of inner and outer meetings that we are having plenty of
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Usability

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 8.9
Based on 3 answers
Blackboard collaborate, is very easy to use, in my opinion. However, I consider myself fairly computer and technologically literate. Some professors, students, and parents I know who try to use the software have a difficult time with it. Some suggestions for improvement--I think there should be an autostart tutorial for participants (and session leaders, if I'm being honest) with an checkbox option to "never see this again" if you find yourself to be an expert. It should cover the basics such as: the raise hand feature (or the other polling features), the chatbox feature, the whiteboard feature, and the mic/camera. This way, we don't have students freaking out when they enter the session and us having to calm them down every single time. It may make the program a little less "lightweight" which I know is what you're going for--but it makes the workflow more challenging for those of us actually using the software regularly.
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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting 8.5
Based on 26 answers
The simplicity of GoToMeetings desktop, mobile, and web-based applications make it a very robust and user-friendly meeting solution. At times, it may be more complex than needed, but it is nice to have so many features that can be used if needed. Once installed, it is very easy to use and navigate.
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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
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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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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting 8.4
Based on 42 answers
I think I never used the support for GoToMeeting, but the tutorials and information available online are more than enough and allows you to easily understand how to use tool and setup all the necessary configurations you need to make, in order to work with it. Easy to setup and easy to learn how to use.
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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.
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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is about as easy to use as Zoom and BlueJeans. It is comparable to Amazon Chime, but less integrated than Google Hangouts/Chat. Almost all these solutions include file sharing, screen sharing, chat, and polling. The most helpful features are dial-in numbers and Google Calendar integration for quickly scheduling calls in one click.
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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
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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.
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GoToMeeting

  • It was great - kept us from traveling and allowed easy collaboration. Very easy to use - no training required.
  • There was some fumbling around initially, but we all picked it up pretty quick. I would have liked to learn more about it. I'm sure there were features I didn't take advantage of that I wish I had.
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Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General

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

GoToMeeting

General

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

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