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Score 7 out of 101

Webex Meetings

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Score 7.9 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Blackboard Collaborate

As a composition professor, there is less need for me or my colleagues to use it--though I have in the past. I see it especially beneficial for math professors because the whiteboard feature allows symbol notation for math problems, and students can see how the problems are worked out synchronously. I also have used it in the past for literature discussions in a small-group setting after class, as well as for content reviews before exams
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Webex Meetings

WebEx is appropriate for both video and audio conferencing. It excels at recording and archiving of the content. Perfect for having a training session and recording the vendor's presentation for later use by my team members.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
Webex Meetings
7.9
High quality audio
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
Webex Meetings
8.4
High quality video
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
Webex Meetings
8.2
Low bandwidth requirements
Blackboard Collaborate
5.8
Webex Meetings
6.8
Mobile support
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
Webex Meetings
8.2

Screen Sharing

Blackboard Collaborate
7.6
Webex Meetings
8.6
Desktop sharing
Blackboard Collaborate
7.1
Webex Meetings
8.9
Whiteboards
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
Webex Meetings
8.2

Online Meetings / Events

Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
Webex Meetings
8.2
Calendar integration
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Webex Meetings
8.4
Meeting initiation
Blackboard Collaborate
8.1
Webex Meetings
8.4
Integrates with social media
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Webex Meetings
7.5
Record meetings / events
Blackboard Collaborate
8.5
Webex Meetings
8.1
Slideshows
Blackboard Collaborate
8.7
Webex Meetings
8.6

Online Events Collaboration

Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
Webex Meetings
8.3
Live chat
Blackboard Collaborate
8.9
Webex Meetings
8.3
Audience polling
Blackboard Collaborate
9.1
Webex Meetings
8.4
Q&A
Blackboard Collaborate
8.8
Webex Meetings
8.2

Online Events Security

Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
Webex Meetings
8.2
User authentication
Blackboard Collaborate
6.6
Webex Meetings
8.3
Participant roles & permissions
Blackboard Collaborate
8.8
Webex Meetings
8.0
Confidential attendee list
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4
Webex Meetings
8.4

Pros

Blackboard Collaborate

  • The synchronous environment is great for online and hybrid courses. Students are able to ask questions and receive feedback in real time.
  • The video option is great, especially for 100% online courses. It gives a face to the professors name--humanizes us a little bit for the students.
  • The record option is wonderful for students who cannot be in class, students with special needs, enrichment/supplement, and content reviews.
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Webex Meetings

  • Anyone is able to share their screen during the meeting
  • Ties into Microsoft Outlook as a calendar invite
  • Works whether or not you are using a webcam or no camera
  • Can call in using your computer or it will call your cell phone
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Cons

Blackboard Collaborate

  • Complexity: Some non-technical professors find it difficult to use different features of Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Video Quality: Some times Blackboard Collaborate provides very poor quality videos even if there is a good internet connection.
  • Audio-Video Synchronization: In the recordings, the video does not keep up with the audio and you will sometimes see that they are out of sync.
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Webex Meetings

  • The Outlook plug-in sometimes simply disappears
  • Video quality sometimes is not very good
  • It's a little hard to contact support
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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
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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Webex Meetings

Webex Meetings 7.9
Based on 7 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 6.8
Based on 5 answers
Have not dealt with it personally.
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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

Blackboard Collaborate is the only program of this kind that I have used so far, therefore I cannot compare against other programs that are alike. But, I would say that I will be using this tool for a long time, because it offers me almost everything that I need as of right now.
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Webex Meetings

In my company we use Fuze specifically for voice communication and Skype for Business for text messages, since we didn't have a good experience while trying to do video conference using those. Webex Meetings on the other hand shone by having great audio quality and good integration with Outlook Calendar, which makes it so much easier to create meetings.
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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

  • Increased communication between employees in different areas.
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Webex Meetings

  • Webex allowed our employees to meet people across the world without leaving the office, saving so much time.
  • Our employees spend less time traveling and are saving money.
  • It's simple to use and reliable, allows users to meet easily, reduces the inconvenience of reschedules or delays.
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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

Webex Meetings

General

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

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