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Below are Web based conferencing solutions licensed with the university and a direct comparison on the products offered.  

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Web Conferencing Licensure

Tool Name

URL

Core Features

Access

Contact

Blackboard Collaborate

blackboard.syr.edu

  • Web conferencing
  • Session Recording
  • Break-out Rooms
  • Group Collaboration
  • Available to all campus users participating in a Blackboard Course or Organization

  • Session Moderators can create a web link that allows non-SU users to join without logging in

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Google Meet (formerly Hangouts)meet.google.com
  • Web conferencing
  • Recording
  • Available to all campus users via G Suite login

  • Session creator can generate a web link or meeting code that allows non-SU users to request approval to join without logging in

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Microsoft Teamsteams.microsoft.com
  • Web conferencing
  • File Sharing
  • Group Collaboration
  • Recording
  • Live streaming
  • Login using <netid>@syr.edu
  • Team Owner or Meeting Organizer can create a web link that allows non-SU users to join Team or Meeting
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Zoom zoom.syr.edu
  • Web conferencing
  • Session Recording
  • Login using <netid>@syr.edu
  • Session creator can create a web link or meeting ID that allows non-SU users to join without logging in
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Teaching Considerations

CharacteristicsBLACKBOARD COLLABORATE ULTRAGOOGLE MEET (FORMERLY HANGOUTS)MICROSOFT TEAMSZOOM
Features
Accessibility Support


Meeting Participants
  • 250 participants by default
  • Increase to 500 participants in session settings with limitations (no participant sharing or breakouts)
  • Max. 100 participants
  • Max. 300 participants
  • Live Events up to 10,000 attendees (more info)
  • Max. 300 participants

Technical Information

CharacteristicsBLACKBOARD COLLABORATE ULTRAGOOGLE MEET (FORMERLY HANGOUTS)MICROSOFT TEAMSZOOM
Audio
  • Computer audio fully supported.
  • Users control their own microphones
  • Moderators can mute the microphones of others.
  • Supports six simultaneous active mics.
  • Join-by Phone option
  • Computer audio fully supported.
  • Users control their own microphones
  • Campus participants can mute the microphones of others.
  • Join-by Phone option
  • Computer audio fully supported.
  • Users control their own microphones
  • Campus participants can mute the microphones of others.
  • Settings details on office.com
  • Computer audio fully supported.
  • Users control their own microphones
  • Moderators can mute the microphones of others.
  • Join-by Phone.
Video
  • Video camera available for all users.
  • Video display follows the most recent speakers.
  • Presenters and Moderators can share applications, files, and screens. 
  • Video camera available for all users.
  • Video display follows the most recent speakers.
  • Participants can share applications, files, and screens. 

  • Participants continue to see presenter video while sharing screen or files. 

  • Video camera available for all users.
  • Video display follows the most recent speakers.
  • Participants can share applications, files, and screens. 

  • Participants continue to see presenter video while sharing screen or files.

  • Settings details on office.com
  • Video camera available for all users.
  • Video display for active speaker.
Platforms
  • Desktop Web Browser
  • Mobile- iOS
  • Mobile- Android
  • Desktop Web Browser
  • Mobile- iOS
  • Mobile- Android
  • Desktop Web Browser
  • Mobile- iOS
  • Mobile- Android
  • Installed-Mac
  • Installed-Windows
Browser Compatibility
  • Chrome (Preferred)
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Chrome (Preferred)
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari
Accessibility Options
  • Windows 10 - Firefox with JAWS v17: Provisional
  • macOS- Safari with VoiceOver: Certified
  • macOS- Firefox with VoiceOver: Provisional

  • Windows 10- JAWS & NVDA
  • macOS- VoiceOver
  • Chromebook or Linux- ChromVox

  • Windows 10- JAWS & NVDA
  • macOS- VoiceOver

  • Windows 10- JAWS & NVDA
  • macOS- VoiceOver
System Requirements
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access
  • Webcam (optional)
  • Soundcard w/microphone (headset recommended)
  • Internet Access
  • Built-in web camera or external USB camera
  • Soundcard w/microphone (headset recommended)

  • 2.0 GB RAM
  • 3.0 GB free disk space
  • Internet Access
  • USB 2.0 video camera
  • Soundcard w/microphone (headset recommended)

Support Links

ITS Help Desk, Collaborate Ultra Help for Participants,

Collaborate Ultra Help for Moderators, Blackboard Collaborate Sessions Help

ITS Help Desk,

Meet Help
ITS Help Desk,

Teams Help
ITS Help Desk,

Zoom Help Center

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