Blackboard Collaborate has become our community college's go-to tool for many reasons:
*It is already present in each Blackboard class, so faculty can easily set up a Collaborate room for synchronous class sessions, student presentations in an online environment, virtual office hours, or small group meetings when students at a distance need to work on a project together. You may think any webinar tool can do this, but the presence of the whiteboard, file sharing, and breakout rooms makes it much more robust for teaching.
Almost all of our tutoring departments now have rooms set up for students who cannot get to campus to attend mandatory tutoring sessions for their classes, or for those who just need a little help. The tutor just sends the student the guest link to the room, and they set an appointment to meet. The students can share their work, allowing the tutor to see where they need assistance, and can make markup comments on the work for visual clarity. The sessions can also be recorded for the student to view later if they need to re-visit the topics covered.
More an more of our formerly ITV classes are switching to Collaborate, as they see the benefit to the students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.