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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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Webex Meetings

Webex works just like any other web meeting tool. It has an app, a desktop app, and a web version. At this point, I would be unlikely to recommend it because of its specificity to the business world (as opposed to something like Zoom, BlueJeans, etc...) and the requirement for a corporate licensing model that doesn't exactly make the juice worth the squeeze for a product that really doesn't differentiate itself on an enterprise level as anything uniquely special amongst its peers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Webex Meetings
8.0
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.0
Webex Meetings
8.1
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
Webex Meetings
8.2
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
5.7
Webex Meetings
7.4
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
Webex Meetings
8.2

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
7.3
Webex Meetings
8.4
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
Webex Meetings
8.7
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
7.8
Webex Meetings
8.1

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.3
Webex Meetings
8.2
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
Webex Meetings
8.6
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
7.5
Webex Meetings
8.4
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Webex Meetings
7.3
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Webex Meetings
8.2
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
Webex Meetings
8.4

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.6
Webex Meetings
8.1
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.6
Webex Meetings
8.2
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
Webex Meetings
8.1
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
Webex Meetings
8.0

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
Webex Meetings
8.1
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
Webex Meetings
8.0
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
Webex Meetings
8.2
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Webex Meetings
8.0

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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Webex Meetings

  • WebEx Meetings enables large and small audience meetings. It is very scalable. It can be an interactive meeting with 3-5 attendees or a webinar with over 100.
  • The host can configure a ton of options for the meeting so that it can run smoothly. i.e. mute all attendees, allow/disable screen sharing, or grant access to specific features to attendees.
  • The integration with Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, is very useful. If the tools are installed, a Webex meeting can be created and added to a scheduled meeting easily at the same time as scheduling the meeting. Requested attendees will automatically have the meeting link in the invite.
  • Usually, attendees do not need prior set up to join the meetings.
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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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Webex Meetings

  • I don’t remember seeing a recording option. There may have been one but I don’t recall. If it’s not available, I would like to see this as an option.
  • Ability to invite more attendees to the web meetings. Some competitors have higher availability of attendees available.
  • Sound quality is always key. I think it’s pretty good now but there is always improvements to sound quality and optimized speeds as well.
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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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Webex Meetings

Webex Meetings 1.0
Based on 7 answers
I am not the decision maker for technology, but I don't see us changing as the entire organization uses it.
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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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Webex Meetings

Webex Meetings 6.2
Based on 17 answers
It's extremely easy to learn how to use the WebEx Meetings platform. All attendees have to do is join the meeting and then they'll see the presenters screen. Presenters just have to learn how to share their desktop, documents and videos and how to add additional presenters if need be
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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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Webex Meetings

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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Webex Meetings

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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Webex Meetings

Webex Meetings 7.6
Based on 29 answers
I don't know exactly how to reach support. The few times I've had issues with WebEx, I figured things out myself or called someone from our technical team to help me navigate my issue. I've only encountered issues with WebEx when there were more than 3 users on a WebEx call
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Implementation

Blackboard Collaborate

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Webex Meetings

Webex Meetings 2.0
Based on 2 answers
That we needed complex implementation that we didn't get tells me 2 things: 1) the product was not designed in a way that "just worked" like some of its peers (Zoom / BlueJeans) and 2) had our company defined actual user needs and validated / verified that they had bought something that matched those, we would have pursued features / designs more closely aligned with what the product actually does: screen share, sometimes video, definitely VOIP audio (always an option regardless of license), and easy recording and retrieval of meetings.
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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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Webex Meetings

The user interface (UI) is very impressive, though many a times non technical staff member has questions or issues which are resolved by IT admins, but in general the UI does provide a good impression to users who start using the product. Most features are clearly highlighted on the interface. File sharing, meeting recording and attachments are one of the best features this product provides which comes extremely handy in most situations. Meetings are not just about people talking, these days one single meeting comprises of scenarios where documents are required to be looked into there and then and comments required to be made right away. People are anxious to share their desktop screens as well simultaneously make comments on it. Overall you see one meeting improves the productivity of any business set up be it small, medium or large. In an economy where businesses are trying to bucket the time of their resources I believe this product is an excellent fit as most importantly, it saves business hours.
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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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Webex Meetings

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.
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Webex Meetings

  • We use online events to follow prospects along the buyer’s journey.
  • We can close the sale with online demonstrations.
  • We build powerful partnerships by sharing information online.
  • Business people today prefer meeting online over traveling to meetings.
  • It reduces travel expenses.
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Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General

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

Webex Meetings

General

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

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