Zoom and Teams are the primary tools for online meetings and online teaching sessions. Functionally, there are now few differences between these two tools as can be seen from the comparison below.
NUIT have detailed resources and guidance on how to use Zoom and Microsoft Teams effectively. The resources we have on this site are related to how to use these tools in the context of online teaching.
Create online meetings in Canvas
Our guides and screencasts on setting up persistent meeting links in Canvas have now moved to the synchronous online teaching section of this site.
- Create online meetings in Canvas (Scheduling online teaching)
Features of Zoom and Teams
For video calling both Teams and Zoom have similar functionality as shown below. If participants have poor connectivity they can join Zoom meetings from a phone line – this option is not available on Teams.
|Scheduling meetings in Canvas||Requires manual setup (not linked to timetable). See Create online meetings in Canvas.||Requires manual setup (not linked to timetable). See Create online meetings in Canvas.|
|Maximum number of video screens visible at a time.||7x7 (49)||7x7 (49)|
|Breakout rooms||Yes. Can be pre-assigned or assigned in meeting (note: the maximum number of breakout rooms you can have is dictated by the number of participants in your meeting).||Yes. Support for up to 50 breakout rooms in a single meeting with up to 350 attendees. Teams Breakout Rooms (sharepoint.com).|
|Maximum number of participants||300||350 (if required approx. £25 Upgrade per organiser/year permits 1000 interactive attendees)|
|Control who can screenshare/attendee video/audio||Yes||Yes|
|Support screen sharing/slide sharing||Yes||Yes|
|Share multiple screens at once||Yes||No|
|Join from a phone line (no internet connection)||No||No|
|Recording meetings||Yes - to Zoom cloud or local drive – and then share||Yes – recordings are saved to Microsoft Stream – share via class Teams or by adjusting permissions.|
|Implications for students on low bandwidth||Accessing the recording post-event remains the most reliable method of engaging with the content.||Accessing the recording post-event remains the most reliable method of engaging with the content.|
Etiquette: Guidance for Online Learning events
The University has published guidance for educators and students detailing etiquette for online learning.