Online Collaboration - Which Should I Use? Comparison Chart for Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Mediasite and Microsoft Teams

Learn more about the differences between Zoom, Collaborate Ultra, Mediasite, and Microsoft Teams and how they may fit your needs as an instructor.

This is a comparison chart between Zoom, Collaborate Ultra, Mediasite, and Microsoft Teams to aid in choosing the best option for your course.

These tools all offer options to live videoconference or present instructional materials remotely to students.

Note: Collaborate Ultra is the preferred option at UWM and is the only tool completely integrated with UWM's Canvas and is universally available to all instructors with Canvas courses.

Comparison Chart
Features Collaborate Ultra Mediasite Microsoft Teams Zoom
Canvas Integration Yes (by default) Yes (by request) No* No
Max. # Simultaneous Webcams 5 on screen 3+1 screen share 4 on screen Up to 49 on screen
Max. # Simultaneous Audio 5 at a time 3 4 at a time Up to 49 at a time
Max. # Participants 250** 250 250** 100**
Multiple Moderators Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supported Browsers Chrome/Firefox/Safari Chrome/Firefox/Safari IE/Edge Chrome/Edge (Chromium)/IE Chrome/Firefox/Safari /Edge
Plug-in Required No Yes No No
Mobile App Available Yes No Yes Yes
Desktop App Available Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chat Feature Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chat with everyone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chat with individuals Yes No Yes Yes
Share White Board Yes No Yes Yes
Polling Yes No Yes Yes
Hand Raising Yes No Yes Yes
Session Scheduling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can Record Session Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recording Format MP4 Video MP4 Video MP4 Video MP4 Video
Recording Downloadable Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone Conferencing Yes No Yes Yes
Share/Download Files Yes No Yes Yes
Screen Sharing Capabilities Yes Yes Yes Yes
Breakout Rooms (Group Work) Yes No Yes Yes
Remembers Content No*** No*** Yes No***
Browser Based (no download required) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Live Captioning Yes (manual) Yes (manual) Yes (experimental) Yes (manual)
Students can Create a Session No No Yes No
HIPAA Compliant No Yes (select rooms) Yes (Contact Help Desk) Yes (Select rooms)
*Microsoft Teams is currently not available in Canvas.
**Participant numbers can be increased with planning and accommodations. Please use the support form to request a larger number of participants: CETL Support Request.
***Content is only remembered through session recordings.

About Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra is a real-time, synchronous video conferencing tool. Instructors and students can meet in an online space using features such as video and/or audio, chat, whiteboard, slideshow, and screen sharing. Collaborate Ultra is accessible from a desktop, laptop, iOS/Android phones and tablets and is integrated into Canvas. Collaborate Ultra is supported by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and is directly integrated into Canvas. The tool is enabled for every Canvas course at UWM and can be set-up with the following instructions: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Get Started with Collaborate in Canvas (Quick Guide) Please contact for more information or support.

Note: Collaborate Ultra is the preferred videoconferencing solution at UWM and integrates directly into Canvas courses.

About Mediasite

Mediasite is supported by Classroom Services and is a video recording, live streaming, content storage and on-demand solution which includes hardware and software. It is not a video conferencing solution. Please contact Classroom Services by email: or by phone: 414-229-2382 for more information on Mediasite.

Note: Mediasite can be integrated directly into Canvas but requires hardware and software set-up through Classroom Services.

About Microsoft Teams

Teams is supported by the UWM Held Desk. All members of UWM have access to Microsoft Teams through Office 365. Microsoft Teams is the hub for team collaboration in Office 365 including chat, videoconferencing, and file sharing. For more information or help with teams please contact:

Note: Microsoft Teams does not integrate directly into Canvas courses at this time. Teams is the preferred online collaboration method for office communication at UWM.

About Zoom

Zoom is supported by Classroom Services. Zoom requires individual host licenses in order to use the service. Zoom is a meeting platform for video and audio conferencing. Please contact Classroom Services by email: or by phone: 414-229-2382 for more information on Zoom licensing.

    Keywords:Web conferencing, video conferencing, collaboration, blackboard, collaborate, office hours, guest lecture, ultra, canvas, zoom, mediasite, microsoft teams, synchronous, asynchronous, remote, distance, chat, video chat   Doc ID:98758
    Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    Created:2020-03-12 11:59 CDTUpdated:2020-03-26 09:38 CDT
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