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. 

Features Microsoft Teams Zoom
  Comparison of Synchronous Communication Tools  
UWM Support Supported for office and administration primarily Zoom is the officially supported video conferencing service for instruction at UWM.
Integrated With Canvas LMS Yes (meetings only) Yes
Max Simultaneous Webcams 49 on screen 49 on screen*
Max. # Simultaneous Audio 49 49
Max. # Participants 300 300
Multiple Moderators Yes Yes
Supported Browsers Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE Chromium Chrome, Firefox, Edge Chromium, Safari
Plug-in Required No No
Mobile App Available Yes Yes
Desktop App Available Yes Yes
Chat Feature Yes Yes
Chat with everyone Yes Yes
Chat with individuals Yes Yes
Share White Board Yes Yes
Polling Yes Yes
Hand Raising Yes Yes
Session Scheduling Yes Yes
Can Record Session Yes Yes
Recording Format MP4 Video MP4 Video
Recording Downloadable Yes Yes
Phone Conferencing Yes Yes
Share/Download Files Yes Yes
Screen Sharing Capabilities Yes Yes
Breakout Rooms (Group Work) Yes Yes
Remembers Content Yes No**
Browser Based (no download required) Yes Yes (App recommended)
Captioning Yes (automated, experimental) Yes (text, manual entry)
Students can Create a Session Yes Not currently
Suitable for HIPAA Yes (Contact the Help Desk) Yes (Contact the Help Desk)
For support Get support online or contact the UWM Help Desk Get 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  
Features Mediasite Microsoft Teams Live
Canvas Integration Yes (by request) No
Max. # Simultaneous Webcams 3+1 screen share 1+1 screen share
Max. # Simultaneous Audio 1 1
Max. # Participants 250 10,000
Multiple Moderators N/A Yes
Supported Browsers Chrome/Firefox/Edge/Safari Chrome/Edge (Chromium)/IE
Plug-in Required No No
Mobile App Available Not needed Yes
Desktop App Available Not needed Yes
Chat Feature No Yes (Internal only)
Chat with everyone No No
Chat with individuals No No
Q&A during event Yes Yes
Share White Board No No
Polling No No
Hand Raising No No
Session Scheduling Yes  Yes 
Automatic start/stop Yes No
Can Record Session Yes (Automatic) Yes (Automatic)
Recording Format MP4 Video MP4 Video
Recording Downloadable Admin Only Yes
Phone Conferencing for Presenters No Yes
Phone Conferencing for attendees No No
Share/Download Files Admin only Yes
Screen Sharing Capabilities Yes Yes
Breakout Rooms (Group Work) No No
Remembers Content N/A N/A
Browser Based (no download required) Yes Yes
Live Captioning No Yes (experimental)
Students can Create a Session No Yes
HIPAA Compliant N/A N/A
Can entire event be run online? No Yes

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.



KeywordsWeb 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 ID98758
OwnerDavid D.GroupCETL
Created2020-03-12 10:59:41Updated2023-10-25 09:05:16
SitesUW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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