Teaching Online: Continuity Guide-Web Conferencing Tools
ACC has three web conferencing tools available for students and employees that are compatible with online instruction: Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet, and Webex. During emergency closures, we recommend using Blackboard Collaborate if you are not accustomed to one of the other suggested technologies. Webex requires account requests and setup, so our staff will only be providing support to those that already have their accounts up and running.
Web Conferencing Tools
Review the chart below to choose which technology might be right for you.
|Features||Blackboard Collaborate||Google Hangouts
|Equipment – Faculty||Computer with web conference tool installed, internet connection, microphone, webcam (can be built into laptop)|
|Equipment – Students||Students can connect via computer/laptop, on mobile apps for the web conferencing tool, or call in via phone.|
|Max. # Simultaneous Video||6||50||25*|
|Max. # Simultaneous Audio||6||50||25*|
|Max. # Participants||unlimited||250||2,000|
|Can Record Session||✔||✔||✔|
|File Sharing Capabilities||✔||**||✔|
|Screen Sharing Capabilities||✔***||✔||✔|
|Breakout Rooms (Group Work)||✔|
|Remembers Content for Reuse||✔||✔|
|Live Captioning||✔||✔#||Paid Service|
|Chat Transcripts Available||✔||✔##||✔|
|Students can Create a Session||^||✔|
|Voice Over Internet Protocol||✔||✔||✔|
|Voice Over Phone||✔||✔||✔|
|Mobile Device Capable||✔||✔||✔|
|Integrated with Blackboard||✔|
*While Webex Meetings advertises up to 2000 simultaneous video and audio, only 25 are visible at a time.
**While Google Meet attachments can be shared through the calendar announcement or through Google Drive.
***To share content in Collaborate using Chrome, you may need to install the following Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/desktop-sharing/ajojghojfapedgfkjmhchgblmjfanggo?hl=en
#Auto-Captioning like that used in Google Meet is not 100% accurate and may require monitoring.
##In Google Meet, Chat History must be turned on to generate a chat transcript.
^Students can be given moderator privileges by the instructor and run sessions created by the instructor.