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Virtual Classroom Tools Comparison Resource

A comparison of the main features and tools of Collaborate and Zoom.

Feature Collaborate Zoom Comment

Video Capacity

25 49 Both have gallery view
VLE integration Yes Yes Zoom requires the Desktop Client download also to have full functionality
Dial in Yes No  
Session Management Control participants video, audio, permission level, additional moderators Control participants video, audio, permission level, remove from session, additional hosts/co-hosts  
Size Limit 500 attendees* 300 attendees *Collaborate sessions support 250 attendees at a time. Administrators can turn on webinar mode to support large scale sessions of up to 500 attendees
Upload content prior to session Yes No Collaborate allows files to be uploaded before the session
Attendance Yes Yes - needs to be enabled Both allow for reports of attendance to be downloaded
Chat Yes Yes - needs to be enabled Zoom allows for 1:1 chats, but this can be disabled by host
Raise hand Yes Yes  
Polling Yes Yes - needs to be enabled

Both allow for poll results to be downloaded

Breakout Rooms Yes Yes - needs to be enabled Both have manual and random allocation
Breakout groups Integration with Learn groups Yes No Collaborate allows for Instructors to use their existing Learn course groups to create breakout groups in advance and save time
Reactions Yes Yes Zoom allows for all emoji reactions
Whiteboard Yes Yes - needs to be enabled Zoom whiteboard allows for name attribution on whiteboard.
Download Annotated Whiteboard Yes Yes - needs to be enabled Zoom allows host to download the annotated whiteboard for future use
Recording Yes Yes - needs to be enabled  
Captioning Yes Yes - needs to be enabled  
Transcript of Captions No Yes - needs to be enabled Zoom allows for a download of the CC transcript after the session.
Screen sharing Yes Yes - needs to be enabled Zoom allows for multiple users to screen share at the same time.
Application Sharing Yes Yes - needs to be enabled Zoom allows for multiple users to screen share at the same time.
File Sharing Yes Yes - needs to be enabled

Zoom allows files can be shared from a local computer and SharePoint to be downloaded by participants.

DS advise against this for security purposes
Locked room No* Yes

Zoom: Host can lock room to prevent any further students joining

*Collaborate: Course room can be locked in Learn or Moodle
Permanently remove participants No Yes Zoom can allow host/ co-host to remove a participant and stop them from re-joining the session
Starting a session Anyone Host or Co-host Zoom Session can only be started by host or co-host. Collaborate sessions can be started by any Instructor

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