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EIU Faculty Development and Innovation Center

Comparison of Synchronous
Communication Tools @ EIU

Information provided in the comparison chart is current and accurate to the best of our knowledge.  These technologies are ever changing and evolving.  If you notice inaccurate/outdated information or have questions, please send a message to jalockett@eiu.edu

FEATURES COLLABORATE ULTRA ZOOM
Support Page  eiu.edu/collaborate  eiu.edu/zoom  
Campus License Agreement @ EIU Yes 
(Faculty and Staff)

Yes
(Faculty, Staff, and Students)

Faculty and Staff can schedule meetings Yes
(in D2L Brightspace and
Collaborate stand-alone account upon request)
Yes
(in D2L Brightspace, Outlook, and Zoom)
Students can schedule meetings No Yes
(in Zoom and Outlook)
Integrated within D2L Brightspace Yes Yes
Maximum Number of Webcams Displayed Simultaneously
(when not sharing content)
6 webcams
in Follow the Speaker view.
49 thumbnails in Large Gallery or Together Mode using the Desktop Client. 
(Dependent on CPU 
and Bandwidth.)
Maximum Number of Participants per meeting 250 by default
500 with large sessions enabled
300
Multiple Moderators/Co-Hosts Yes Yes
Browsers Supported  Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Internet Explorer
Plug-in Required No No
Mobile App Available Yes Yes
Desktop App Available No  Yes
Browser Based Option Yes  Yes
Waiting Room Option No Yes
Dial-In Number for Audio Yes Yes
Chat Options Everyone, Private,
and chat with Moderators
Everyone, Private,
chat with Moderators, and no chat
Whiteboard Yes Yes
Use Whiteboard Tools on Files Shared  Yes Yes
Upload and Share Files for Display within Meeting Yes
(PowerPoint, PDF, and Images)
Yes
(OneDrive, Drobox, Google Drive)
Send Files to Participants for Download No Yes
(Share in Chat)
Application and Screen Sharing Capabilities Yes Yes
Polling Yes Yes
Prepare Polling Questions in Advance No Yes
Polling report Yes Yes
Hand Raise Yes Yes
Record Session Yes
(Cloud recording)
Yes
(Record to local computer or to the cloud)
Record Meeting Automatically Option No Yes
Recording Format MP4 Video MP4 Video
Recording Downloadable Yes Yes
Breakout Groups/Rooms Yes Yes
Pre-assign Participants to Breakout Groups/Rooms No Yes
Live Captioning/transcription during meeting Yes
(manual entry only)
Yes
(automated or manual entry)
Automatic audio transcription for recordings No Yes
Attendance Report Yes Yes
HIPAA Compliant No Can be requested per account
Last updated 6/23/2021

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Contact Information

Dr. Michael Gillespie, Director

1116 Booth Library
217-581-7056
Schedule a meeting
mgillespie@eiu.edu

Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

1005 Booth Library
217-581-8449
Schedule a meeting
jalockett@eiu.edu

Kim Ervin, Instructional Designer

1009 Booth Library
217-581-3716
Schedule a meeting
kservin@eiu.edu

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

1105 Booth Library
217-581-7051
fdic@eiu.edu


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