Collaborate vs Zoom
Video conferencing options at Oberlin College
There are two supported video conferencing options at Oberlin College. One is for course instructors and is fully integrated into all Blackboard courses. The other is available for students, faculty, and staff, independent of Blackboard.
Collaborate – Should only be used from within Blackboard courses. Sessions are initiated through the Collaborate tool. Best practices and use cases for teaching and learning can be found on the Collaborate website. Anyone who is an ‘Instructor’ in a course or ‘Leader’ in an org can initiate a conference. Conferences can include polling and screen sharing/recording options. Users without blackboard accounts can be invited into a Collaborate session via email.
Zoom – Should be used by people needing to connect outside Blackboard. Free accounts are available to everyone and are able to host sessions of two to three participants. Faculty and staff can obtain a license by contacting AV, at firstname.lastname@example.org, which will enable them to host sessions with more participants.
For assistance with Zoom, check out online support or contact AV.