Online Courses - Comparison of tools to record or stream your class or event

Learn more about the differences between collaborative and streaming tools in-use at UWM.

Synchronous Communication

Please note that Zoom is the preferred tool for instruction at UWM. Microsoft Teams is the preferred tool for administrative and non-instructional activities. 

FeaturesMicrosoft TeamsZoom
  Comparison of Synchronous Communication Tools  
UWM SupportSupported for office and administration primarilyZoom is the officially supported video conferencing service for instruction at UWM.
Integrated With Canvas LMSYes (meetings only) Yes
Max Simultaneous Webcams49 on screen49 on screen*
Max. # Simultaneous Audio4949
Max. # Participants300 300
Multiple ModeratorsYesYes
Supported BrowsersChrome, Firefox, Safari, IE ChromiumChrome, Firefox, Edge Chromium, Safari
Plug-in RequiredNoNo
Mobile App AvailableYesYes
Desktop App AvailableYesYes
Chat FeatureYesYes
Chat with everyoneYesYes
Chat with individualsYesYes
Share White BoardYesYes
PollingYesYes
Hand RaisingYesYes
Session SchedulingYesYes
Can Record SessionYesYes
Recording FormatMP4 VideoMP4 Video
Recording DownloadableYesYes
Phone ConferencingYesYes
Share/Download FilesYesYes
Screen Sharing CapabilitiesYesYes
Breakout Rooms (Group Work)YesYes
Remembers ContentYesNo**
Browser Based (no download required)YesYes (App recommended)
CaptioningYes (automated, experimental)Yes (text, manual entry)
Students can Create a SessionYesNot currently
Suitable for HIPAAYes (Contact the Help Desk)Yes (Contact the Help Desk)
For supportGet support online or contact the UWM Help DeskGet support online or contact the UWM Help Desk

*Requires desktop client and depends on the computer's CPU strength. Older computers may not be able to display 49 participants on one screen.

**Content does not remain in session but is saved with session recording.

Live Streaming

Both Mediasite and Microsoft Teams Live are supported by Classroom Services.

  Comparison of Live Streaming Tools  
FeaturesMediasiteMicrosoft Teams Live
Canvas IntegrationYes (by request)No
Max. # Simultaneous Webcams3+1 screen share1+1 screen share
Max. # Simultaneous Audio11
Max. # Participants25010,000
Multiple ModeratorsN/AYes
Supported BrowsersChrome/Firefox/Edge/SafariChrome/Edge (Chromium)/IE
Plug-in RequiredNoNo
Mobile App AvailableNot neededYes
Desktop App AvailableNot neededYes
Chat FeatureNoYes (Internal only)
Chat with everyoneNoNo
Chat with individualsNoNo
Q&A during eventYesYes
Share White BoardNoNo
PollingNoNo
Hand RaisingNoNo
Session SchedulingYes Yes 
Automatic start/stopYesNo
Can Record SessionYes (Automatic)Yes (Automatic)
Recording FormatMP4 VideoMP4 Video
Recording DownloadableAdmin OnlyYes
Phone Conferencing for PresentersNoYes
Phone Conferencing for attendeesNoNo
Share/Download FilesAdmin onlyYes
Screen Sharing CapabilitiesYesYes
Breakout Rooms (Group Work)NoNo
Remembers ContentN/AN/A
Browser Based (no download required)YesYes
Live CaptioningNoYes (experimental)
Students can Create a SessionNoYes
HIPAA CompliantN/AN/A
Can entire event be run online?NoYes

Note: Mediasite can only be used to stream events happening at UWM, and must be coordinated by Classroom Services. Contact Classroom Services for further information.

*If you are interested in running a live stream Zoom webinar for up to 500 people, please contact the UWM Help Desk.




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 live stream   Doc ID:98758
Owner:David D.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2020-03-12 10:59 CSTUpdated:2021-11-01 12:15 CST
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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