Video Conference Comparison
The following chart gives basic information for each of the video conferencing tools supported at BGSU. Below that chart you will find more detailed information on each application.
|Webex||Zoom||Microsoft Teams||Cisco Telepresence|
|Video Quality||High||High||High||Very High|
|Audio Quality||Medium||High||High||Very High|
|Suggested Use||General Academic Use||General Academic Use||Administrative Use||Distance Education and Sync|
|Cloud Recording||Yes (unlimited storage)||Yes (videos deleted after 120 days)
|Chat and Reactions||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Captions on Recordings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|In Canvas - Create Meetings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|In Canvas- Show Recordings||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|In Canvas - Track Attendance||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
Webex Meetings have been supported by Information Technology Services for several years and meets all of the basic requirements needed for academic and general meetings. The most valuable feature of Webex is the support for up to 1,000 participants.
- Very high-quality video and audio.
- Requires very fast internet to avoid issues with video and audio.
- High video quality.
- Audio works well near instructor station.
- Audio from other areas in the classroom will be lower quality.
- Sharing content with detailed controls.
- Cloud or local recording.
- Basic text chat, polls, and participant reaction.
- Background blurring.
- Direct connection to Telepresence systems.
- Very high maximum number of users (1000).
Recent changes to the Zoom platform have greatly increased its security and reliability. BGSU is working on procuring licensing for Zoom for all academic and general meetings. The most valuable feature of Zoom is direct support for Breakout Rooms.
Additional information coming soon!
Microsoft Teams is a tool for team collaboration that includes a variety of productivity tools, including support for virtual meetings. Teams is recommended for administrative and general meetings. Microsoft Teams has many additional features that should be explored by all offices at BGSU. Breakout Rooms are coming to Teams soon.
Cisco Telepresence is a set of devices that are installed in several rooms across campus. These rooms have high quality audio and video options when using direct calls or Webex Meetings.