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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 Collaborate Ultra is the preferred tool for instruction at UWM. Microsoft Teams is the preferred tool for administrative and non-instructional activities. Information on Zoom is available for comparison, please note that Zoom is not an officially supported service at UWM. Licensing is available only for the purpose of cost and purchasing management for identified business cases.

FeaturesCollaborate UltraMicrosoft TeamsZoom
  Comparison of Synchronous Communication Tools  
UWM SupportSupported for instruction primarilySupported for office and administration primarily
Zoom is not an officially supported service at UWM. Licensing is available only for the purpose of cost and purchasing management for identified business cases.
Integrated With Canvas LMSYes (by default)Yes (meetings only)No
Max Simultaneous Webcams4 on screen (on Chrome) and 2 (on Firefox) not including moderator49 on screen49 on screen*
Max. # Simultaneous Audio5 at a time4949
Max. # Participants250 by default, 500 with large sessions enabled300300 w/ license
Multiple ModeratorsYesYesYes
Supported BrowsersChrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge ChromiumChrome, Firefox, Safari, IE ChromiumChrome, Firefox, Edge Chromium, Safari
Plug-in RequiredNoNoNo
Mobile App AvailableYesYesYes
Desktop App AvailableYesYesYes
Chat FeatureYesYesYes
Chat with everyoneYesYesYes
Chat with individualsYesYesYes
Share White BoardYesYesYes
PollingYesYesYes
Hand RaisingYesYesYes
Session SchedulingYesYesYes
Can Record SessionYesYesYes
Recording FormatMP4 VideoMP4 VideoMP4 Video
Recording DownloadableYesYesYes
Phone ConferencingYesYesYes
Share/Download FilesYesYesYes
Screen Sharing CapabilitiesYesYesYes
Breakout Rooms (Group Work)YesYesYes
Remembers ContentNo**YesNo**
Browser Based (no download required)YesYesYes (App recommended)
CaptioningYes (text, manual entry)Yes (automated, experimental)Yes (text, manual entry)
Students can Create a SessionNoYesNot currently
Suitable for HIPAANoYes (Contact the Help Desk)Yes (Contact the Help Desk)
For supportGet support online or contact CETLGet 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:2020-11-13 11:19 CST
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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