UA offers several tools and technologies that can assist with flexible learning modes. Review the example scenarios and tool comparison chart below to find the tool that fits your need.

Example Scenarios

Scenario 1: Hybrid

My class has lecture and lab components. The lecture will be asynchronous and the labs will meet online in small groups.

Use Panopto to record and share your lecture, as well as any information about the lab that students should receive before joining their online group session. Use Zoom or Collaborate Ultra for lab meetings.

Scenario 2: Face-to-Face

I’m teaching a face-to-face course but some students will be attending virtually. I need my students to be able to speak to each other in small groups during class.

Use Collaborate Ultra to teach your class and have students join from a computer or mobile device whether they are in class or not. Assign them to breakout rooms for group discussions. Record the session and make available after class for those who were not able to participate live.




Microsoft Teams


 Synchronous meetings with recording availableAsynchronous presentation and discussion toolSynchronous meetings with recording availableAsynchronous video presentation or one-click synchronous webcasting


Integrated with BlackboardNoYesNoYes
Integrated with Blackboard Grade CenterNoNoNoYes


Screen ShareYesYesYesYes
Application ShareYesYesYesYes
File ShareYesNoYesYes
Interactive WhiteboardYesYesYesNo
Export WhiteboardYesn/aYesn/a
Share Content to Breakout GroupsMessages onlyn/aYesn/a
Share Computer AudioYesYesYesYes
Share VideoYesYesYesYes


Session RecordingYesYesYesYes
Recording DownloadYesYesYesYes
Automatic RecordingYesn/aYesYes


Telephony (Phone Conferencing)Yesn/aYesYes


Simultaneous Participant Videoup to 49n/a49n/a
Live Closed CaptioningYes (Manual)n/aYesNo
Automated Captioning of RecordingsYesYesYesYes


Chat ExportYesNoNoYes
Private ChatYesYesYesNo
Browser pop-up notifications or alertsYesYesYesYes

Breakout Groups

Breakout GroupsYesn/aYesNo
Breakout Group RecordingYesn/aYesn/a
Pre-assigned ParticipantsYesn/aYesn/a


Mobile AppYesYesYesYes
Hand RaisingYesn/aYesNo
Attendance/Session ReportYesn/aYesYes
Invite GuestsYesn/aYesYes
Maximum Number of Attendees300n/a250Unlimited
Session Time LimitUnlimited (pro account) 40 min (basic account)Unlimited8 hoursNo
Multiple ModeratorsYesn/aYesn/a
Supported BrowsersFirefox 27+, Chrome 30+, Safari 7+, IE 11+, Edge 12+Chrome, Edge, Firefox, SafariBrowser-based participation is limitedChrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer
Session SchedulingYesn/aYesYes**
Stores Content (content added to a session will be available until a Moderator deletes the content)Non/aYesYes
Students Can Create SessionsAccount holders onlyn/aYesYes
Browser Based (no download required)Yes, but download availableYesYesYes***

Breakout Groups

**Requires the use of Panopto Remote recorder. Contact for more information.

***Browser-based recording does not include the full Panopto feature set.  It is highly recommended that instructors record using the Panopto Recorder application.