Recommended Campus Tools Grid for Law School

Comparison grid of top requested features

How do I pick which ones to use? The complete grid of options is below, however, here are some questions that will help focus your selection. It may not be possible to have all the features, what follows is the key features that only have one recommendation.

Which one do you recommend?

Recommended: BBCollaborate

Why? It’s campus top pick and integrated with the campus learning management system Canvas. It has the most features, and allows students to have a similar experience across classes. However, while a robust set of features, there are some places where MS Teams is a better choice. Please use this section to help determine the best fit for your instruction style.

Does it handle powerpoint, slides or other media?

Recommended: BOTH

Handled via screen share. MS Teams is more intuitive in its handling of showing instructor view and the slide show. BBCollaborate can also do this, but it isn’t as intuitive. Please try a dry run or two before hand to become familiar. Help@law.wisc.edu is happy to attend a dry run if you need bodies to practice with.

Does it automatically manage student enrollment? Does it track student participation? Has ABA compliant student identity verification? 

Recommended: BBCollaborate

BBCollaborate is the only one that handles student enrollment changes automatically. MS Teams allows students to be manually managed. Both are ABA compliant.

Do you need to do polling or quizzing during class for immediate feedback?

Recommended: BBCollaborate

BBCollaborate has polling. MS Teams does not have polling, but it can approximate polling using live reactions or hand raises.

Do you need to see many of the students?

Recommended: MS Teams (see Zoom section below)

MS Teams supports up to 49 videos in planned August update with some interesting views like “Lecture Hall” where videos will be presented like they are sitting in a lecture hall; more coverage on the update. BBCollaborate currently supports 2 and has an upgrade planned for this fall that will show 12-24. Zoom also has 49 videos, but won't be available until the first or second week in September (see Zoom section below).

Do you need breakout rooms?

Recommended: BBCollaborate

BBCollaborate has support for either pre-determined (takes a bit of setup), random or self determined groups for students. MS Teams has a way to do breakout sessions, but it is somewhat complicated. MS Teams is adding breakout sessions in an upgrade this fall.

Many features are available in both. We recommend trying them out a couple times before your first class to be familiar with the way the features work in the selected tool. Help@law.wisc.edu is available to assist (even if you just need some more participants) and is one email away.

Some shared features:

Zoom:

Over the summer, campus made the decision to purchase zoom, and campus is currently in the process of negotiating with Zoom so that the campus license will include the appropriate FERPA safeguards.  Zoom is projected to be available first or second week in September.  If you need to see as many students as possible, Zoom is currently the only tool that supports up to 49 videos.  MS Teams is slated to have up to 49 later in August. See the campus announcement.

Non-UW-Madison tools :  Due to FERPA, HIPAA, and other data privacy considerations, campus policy prohibits the use of other, non-sanctioned web conferencing software such as Skype for any University academic or business purposes.

Features

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Microsoft Teams

Max. # simultaneous video 2 (will be 12-24 this fall) 49 (9 until an planned update in July)
Max. # participants 250
10,000 (several live event settings must be configured first; see here for instructions)
Breakout rooms (group work) Yes No* (workaround create a team with channels) Create a Team, Create a Channel (video), Create meeting in Channel
Record meeting Yes Yes (if meeting has > 2 participants)
Screen sharing capabilities Yes Yes
Person sharing can see screen share in client
Yes (see video)
No (but recording is awesome) (see video)
Chat feature Yes (doesn't save) (saving will be available in a fall update)
Yes (saves by default)
Dial-in option Yes No (but an app is available for phones)
Indicate feedback via hand raising Yes Yes
Polls Yes (results instructor only) (see video)
No* (can use live reactions feature)
Quizzes No* (can do one question at a time) No
File sharing capabilities Yes Yes
     
Cost Free to UW Free to UW
Integrated with Canvas Yes No
Remembers content Yes (some) Yes
Browser based (no download required) Yes Yes (App recommended)
Live/closed captioning integration for captioners (e.g. CART) Yes Yes* (invite captioner normally, no formal role)
Students can create a session No Yes (recommended for group work outside of class)
Live streaming N/A Yes (Live Events)
     
Allow external participants (non UW-Madison) Yes Yes
Application integration Canvas, My UW-Madison Portal Microsoft Suite (Email, OneDrive, and more)
     
Platform Web, Mobile (iOS and Android) Web, Mobile (iOS and Android), Desktop/Laptop App
Blur background N/A Yes (Mac OS/Win desktop clients)
Captions Yes Yes
FERPA Data Allowed Yes Yes
HIPAA Data Allowed+ No Yes
Security Information Blackboard Teams
Training Moderator Training Video Training Guides

+ HIPAA regulations apply to businesses and individuals in the health care industry such as health plans and health care providers. These are called “covered entities,” meaning they are covered by HIPAA. UW-Madison is a “hybrid entity” because it includes units that perform HIPAA-covered functions (such as providing health care) and units that do not. As a hybrid entity, UW-Madison has designated units that perform covered functions, and individuals or units that perform support functions on behalf of those designated units, as its “Health Care Component.”

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