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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 only, and it is not endorsed for use at UWM.

FeaturesCollaborate UltraMicrosoft TeamsZoom
  Comparison of Synchronous Communication Tools  
UWM SupportSupported for instruction primarilySupported for office and administration primarilyNot generally supported at UWM
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 (dependent on compute power)
Max. # Simultaneous Audio5 at a time4949
Max. # Participants250 by default, 500 with large sessions enabled300100 (depending on license)
Multiple ModeratorsYesYesYes
Supported BrowsersChrome, Firefox, Safari, IE ChromiumChrome, Firefox, Safari, IE ChromiumChrome, Firefox, Edge
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
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 (Select accounts)
For supportGet support online or contact CETLGet support online or contact the UWM Help DeskContact Classroom Services for more information


Lecture Capture

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/EdgeChrome/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 ContentNoNo
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.




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 11:59 CDTUpdated:2020-09-23 11:42 CDT
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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