Collaborate vs Teams for live online student presentations
Note: Teams Meetings is the preferred platform for students in China. Please refer to Advice for students studying in China and staff based in China.
|Item||Blackboard Collaborate||Teams Meeting|
|Creating sessions / meetings for live presentations||The sessions are created within a Blackboard module.
||Teams meetings are created within Outlook or a Teams calendar.
|Restricting access||To restrict access to Collaborate, you can run sessions outside of the student Blackboard module. To do this, use your practice course. You can either:
|Guest access||Yes: The Guest link can be used to let anyone join not enrolled in the Blackboard module. For example, an external assessor (students should find and join a session via the Blackboard Module).||Yes: Non-University email addresses can be invited to Teams meetings.|
|Waiting in Lobby||No||Yes|
|Screen and file sharing||Yes: File sharing – animations are removed from PowerPoint presentations Use Screen sharing to retain animations||Yes: Application sharing retains PowerPoint animations|
|Playing audio and or video during presentation||Yes||Yes|
|Sharing files during presentation||No: Workaround: links to online file locations, such as OneDrive, can be shared via chat.||Yes|
|Switching presenters||Moderator/Presenter can do so within session.||Moderator/Presenter can do so within session.|
|Simultaneous camera feeds||5 standard with no screen/file sharing, 1 if sharing
25 with Gallery View (moderator only)
49 with Large Gallery View or Together Mode
|Allows multiple presenters||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic calendar scheduling||No||Yes (in Teams and Outlook Calendar)Note: students need to be invited to the appointment to see it in their calendar.|
|Student access without a member of staff||Yes
Option 1: All students can access the module ‘open room’ in the Collaborate tool area.
Option 2: Allocate students into Blackboard Groups and switch on the Collaborate tool in the Blackboard Group dashboard, to give access to only those in the group.
Option 1: Select ‘bypass lobby’ when creating the meeting.
Option 2: Students can create and join their own Teams Meetings.
For considerations and recommendations when making a recording during student presentations see ‘Features comparison for recording of student presentations‘.