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Score 6.2 out of 100
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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.
Becca Guler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

Nearpod is excellent for direct instruction. Its slides feature works just like a PowerPoint, however, it is displayed on all user's screens, so it can be utilized even in a large environment. In the classroom, it alleviates the problem of being able to see the board. The platform provides numerous engagement tools that can assess learning easily, quickly, and makes it fun for the users.
Carl Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
3.1
Nearpod
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
4.4
Nearpod
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
4.4
Nearpod
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
2.5
Nearpod
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
1.1
Nearpod

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
6.4
Nearpod
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
6.3
Nearpod
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
6.4
Nearpod

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Nearpod
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
Nearpod
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
6.4
Nearpod
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Nearpod
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
7.7
Nearpod
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
7.7
Nearpod

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Nearpod
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Nearpod
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Nearpod
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Nearpod

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
6.0
Nearpod
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
6.0
Nearpod
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
6.1
Nearpod
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
6.0
Nearpod

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

Nearpod

  • Engagement
  • Formative assessment
  • Library of Resources
Anonymous | 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

Nearpod

  • I would love Nearpod to have more free activities.
  • I would love Nearpod to be free for educators.
  • I would love if teachers could assign homework on Nearpod.
Isha Gangopadhaya | 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

Nearpod

Nearpod 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Goal is to continue our subscription for the 2019-2020 school year
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Laura Abercrombie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

Nearpod 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Web-based or using the app, Nearpod is easy to use
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Nearpod

Nearpod 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The support staff for Nearpod is top-notch. I have not had technical issues, but I did have a concern about my bill and they reached out to me nearly immediately to address the problem. I was very satisfied with how they handled the interaction from beginning to end. They did a great job.
Carl Winter | 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

Nearpod

The custom, integrated, online content, along with school libraries, makes this product superior to PearDeck. Nearpod exceeds PowerPoint because of the ease of use, the student paced lessons, and the ability to embed CFUs.
Mike Rich | 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

Nearpod

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

Nearpod

  • The impact is awesome. It gives students a digital option other than PowerPoint for presentations.
  • The feedback tool allows you to follow students in realtime.
  • The shallow learning curve made it easy encourage other faculty to try it.
Trent Slaton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General

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

Nearpod

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate
3.1
Nearpod
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
Nearpod
9.0

Usability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
Nearpod
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Nearpod

Performance

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
Nearpod

Support Rating

Blackboard Collaborate
9.0
Nearpod
10.0

Scalability

Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Nearpod

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