Virtual meeting/conference rooms comparison

Virtual meeting/conference rooms or spaces allow groups to meet online in real time. UNSW is currently piloting two products in S1 2010 for the TELT Platform:

Top end options

Features........................
Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Connect Pro v7.5
Wimba Live Classroom v6.6.........
WebEx..............................................................
User access
Instant meeting access for students via fully customisable
URL link or via LMS Site (BB9 or Moodle)
Via BB9 class site

Dial up access for voice
Yes
Yes, Aus wide

Downloads/reqs
Flash Player req. Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Connect Pro 7.5 Add-in required to access archived recordings.
Java plus Wimba, Inc. security certificate (similar requirements to Blackboard 9).

Voice chat
Yes
Yes, via voip and phone

Text chat
Yes - Public chat, Private chat, Presenter only chat.
Create "ask presenter a question" chat pods.
Yes, public and private

Collaborative
whiteboard
Yes. Upgrade/downgrade participants on the fly.
Fully customises the level of audience participation.
Allows participants to Print a copy of the whiteboard.
Upgrade students on the fly so that they can lead whiteboard
session.
Share content on Smartboard live with remote users.
Yes. Students may also be "presenter on the fly"

App sharing
Yes
Yes

Break out rooms
Yes - setup up break out rooms on the fly during session
Yes

File sharing
Yes
Yes

Polling
Yes, polls, quizzes, surveys and via Adobe Presenter
Yes, polls, quizzes, surveys

Recordings
Yes - editable. Create table of contents in recording so that
audience can immediately go to section of recording they
would like.
View recording online via URL or take recordings offline.
Yes, MP3 and MP4 downloads

Other features
  • Accessible
  • Turns powerpoint slides into presentations or eLearning
content,including voice narration, video, interactive tools and
grading/quizzes.
Streams eLearning course matter online or allows students
to download the content for offline viewing. Record quiz results
in LMS.
  • Meeting room templates can be pre-built and content
customised, saved and reused
  • Break communication barriers: with multi-language
    support
  • Flexible user modes - Host, Presenter, authorised
    participant,Guest
  • LMS flexibility - Integrate with any LMS (including BB9,
    Moodle)
  • Live "in session" grading and measurement of students
  • Full control over the look of the meeting room
(resize windows for videos, notes, presentations,
share screens, chat, polls etc)
  • Persistent meeting rooms:
Virtual classroom is always "on" and accessible from the
same URL.
Any content previously created or imported is accessible
without having to schedule another meeting.
  • Adjust presentation layout and content in session
    without disturbing
audience with "preparing mode"
Analytics tool
Emoticons
Designed for student centred elearning
Accessible
Seamless LMS integration
Auto-populated Participant List

Compatibility
Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris
PC, Mac or Linux





Support
via Adobe Solutions partner, Webqem, and Adobe direct,
24 by 7
24 by 7 from Netspot Support

Website
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/
http://www.wimba.com/products/wimba_classroom/


Low bandwidth/ lightweight options

Features
DiscoverE
DimDim

User access
assigned URL
url
Dial up access for voice .............
no
integrated VOIP functionality
Downloads/reqs
yes .exe file
Flash based
Voice chat
yes
yes
Text chat
yes
yes
Collaborative
whiteboard
yes
yes - multi-paged.
compatable with Wacom tablets
Websurfing
yes
yes
App sharing
no
yes
Break out rooms
no
no
File sharing
yes
yes
Polling
yes

Recordings
yes
yes
Other features
calendar
Moodle integration
open source
various APIs
Compatibility
Windows/Mac
Windows/Mac/Linux
Video streaming
yes/ Flash
Flash based
Support
phone

Website
http://www.compued.com.au/discovere/tour/

COST
$69 to $145/month
free - 20 people
Pro - 50 people USD$228/yr
Webinar - up to 1000 USD$75/mth
REVIEWS

"rather slow to respond to inputs"
"live web pages, including rich media sites open locally &
with no performance or sound penalties, while the presenter
retains control of which part of the page is displayed."
"screen sharing is slow"
security features questioned - Top 10 reviews
"delay in video transmission."
"voip/audio recording quality not as good as GoToMeeting"
"incredibly simple to use."
"Firefox issues with prebuilt VMware image"

Free options


Dim dim free
Adobe Connect Now
Elluminate vRoom








User access
dimdim account for host
url setup and invite
Adobe account for host - not needed for others
and unique URL to access
account set up with LearnCentral
room assigned








Downloads/reqs
nil
nil
Flash Player runtime required
yes - meeting.jnlp
java app








Number of
participants
up to 20
3 total incl host
3 total incl host








Voice chat
yes
yes
yes








Text chat
yes
yes
yes








Collaborative
whiteboard
yes
yes
yes








App sharing
yes
yes
yes








Break out rooms
no
no
yes








File sharing
.ppt, .pdf, .pptx only
yes
yes








Polling
no
no
yes + quizzes








Recordings
yes
no
no








Other features
1 only webcam
Phone conferencing possible
webcams ok









Compatibility
all?
all?









Support
online only
online only









Website
http://www.dimdim.com/products/
dimdim_editions_free.html
http://www.adobe.com/acom/connectnow/
http://www.elluminate.com/











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