Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Which Tool Should I Use?

March 30, 2020

UTSA provides four primary options for students, faculty and staff to meet, collaborate and learn with others. Use these guidelines to help you decide which tool is best for the job at hand.

Zoom Meetings

Online trainings / User guides

Who Can Use It?

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff

Use For

  • Classes
  • Meetings

Good For

  • Students have access to a personal room where they can schedule meetings

Not Good For

  • Storing files

The UTSA Zoom license will provision your UTSA email account with a Higher ED Pro Zoom account which includes:

  • Up to 300 participants per meeting session with unlimited time
  • Enhance collaboration with Polling, Breakout Group rooms, and Q&A
  • Session recording and automatic transcription of meeting option for students to learn at their own pace
  • Zoom enabled FERPA compliance and provides 256-bit AES encryption
  • Single sign-on integration - UTSA ID username & password
  • Coming Soon:
    • LTI integration with Blackboard
    • Cloud recording with Panopto

Cisco WebEx Meetings

Online trainings / User guides

Who Can Use It?

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff

Use For

  • Classes
  • Meetings

Good For

  • Students have access to a personal room where they can schedule meetings

Not Good For

  • Group editing documents
  • Storing files

UTSA’s Cisco Webex Suite includes the following tools:

  • Cisco Webex Meetings to hold online meetings and video conferences.
  • Cisco Webex Trainings to deliver highly interactive and effective online training and e-learning.
  • Cisco Webex Events to stage large-scale online events, including webinars, and conferences.

See the comparison table for more information about these tools.

Microsoft Teams

Online trainings / User guides

Who Can Use It?

  • Faculty
  • Staff

Use For

  • Meetings

Good For

  • File storage and sharing/collaborating on documents

Not Good For

  • Meeting with students – they don’t have access

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Tutorials / User guides

Who Can Use It?

  • Faculty
  • Students

Use For

  • Classes
  • Virtual Office Hours

Good For

  • Lecture presentations
  • Small group projects

Not Good For

  • Meeting with staff – they don’t have access

YouTube for UTSA Town Halls

Contact Edda Wallace for more info or to suggest a Town Hall topic

Who Can Use It?

  • Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to make recommendations for Town Hall topics to benefit the UTSA community

Use For

  • Presentations to groups 100+

Good For

  • Presentations and moderated panels
  • Showing PowerPoint presentations
  • Moderated Q&A sessions

Not Good For

  • Face-to-face discussions- the participants interact with presenters through a YouTube chat window only