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Online Lecture Tool Comparison

Article Last Updated March 2020

The University Covid Response Team is recommending that instructors who are new to delivering lectures online use either Zoom or Google Meet for any synchronous sessions they require. eClassLive (Adobe Connect) should continue to be used by instructors who are familiar with it or for certain specific needs.

The table below summarizes the capabilities and functionality of Zoom and Google Meet:

 

Feature/Function

Zoom

eClassLive
(Adobe Connect)

Google Meet

Room Capacity

300

1000 (see note)

250

Lecture Capture

Yes

(can share to cloud or save to your computer)

Yes

(cloud recordings only)                 

Yes

(saved to google drive automatically)

Screen Share

Yes

Yes

Yes

Participant Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Powerpoint Upload

No

                  Yes                

No

Breakout Rooms

Yes

Yes

No

Built into eClass

Yes

Yes

No (but all students have access through @ualberta.ca account)

Whiteboard

Yes

Yes

No

Polling

Yes (simple)

Yes

No

Built-in Student Interaction (eg. raising hand, thumbs up, etc.)

Yes (simple)

Yes

No

Classroom management Tools (mute student microphones, sort students into groups)

Yes

Yes

No

Mobile Device Access

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chat

Yes

Yes

Yes

Live Captions

No

No

Yes

 

Notes:

- the Adobe Connect room limit of 1000 is actually our concurrent user limit for the entire University - there is no limit to the participants in a single session but this has only been tested up to 300 participants.

- the Adobe Connect and Zoom licenses are for 1 year, expiring March 2021; Google Hangouts Meet enterprise service has been added to the U of A's google environment for free until Sept. 30, 2020.

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