Video Conferencing

Winthrop offers three main platforms for video conferencing: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Here, you can find tutorials and support resources for all three platforms. 

NOTE: Teams and Zoom are supported by the office of Computing & Information Technology while Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is supported by the Office of Online Learning.

Choose Your Platform

  Teams Zoom Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Impromptu meetings Yes Yes Yes
Scheduled meetings Yes Yes Yes
Impromptu chat option Yes Yes No
In-meeting chat Yes Yes Yes
Host screen-sharing Yes Yes Yes
Participant screen-sharing Yes Yes Yes1
Raise hand feature In meeting only Yes Yes
Whiteboard feature In meeting only Yes Yes
Breakout rooms Yes Yes Yes
Q&A meeting feature No No2 Yes
Schedule on behalf of host Yes Yes Yes
Virtual office hour capability Yes Yes Yes
Integration with Outlook Full Moderate None
Integration with Google None Moderate None
Integration with Blackboard courses None Coming soon Full
Mobile capability Full Moderate Moderate
Meeting recording capability Yes Yes Yes
Participant limit 3003


Large event participant limit5 10,000 500 and 1000 5006
Supported by Information Technology Information Technology Office of Online Learning
Recommended for Internal communication
Daily messaging
Team organization
Meetings with external participants Remote instruction
Large events

The moderator can choose to give participants the Presenter role to allow screen-sharing.

Available only in Zoom Webinars, not Meetings.

In a Teams call, nine participant videos can be visible at a time. 

4 Please request access to this level of our license by sending a request to the Service Desk.

For large events, please contact Campus Events in advance.

Blackboard Collaborate can accomodate more than 500 participants, but special arrangements must be made in advance. Please contact the Office of Online Learning for more information. 


Large Events

For resources and help planning a large virtual event, please contact the Office of University Events and visit their Event Resources page. 




Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Request from

Service Desk

Service Desk

Office of Online Learning


Teams Live Event

Large Meeting



Participant Limit


Large Meeting: 500

Webinar: 500 or 1,000



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