Videoconferencing Tool Comparison

ITS offers a variety of conferencing options for all faculty, staff, and students to use at no cost. Use this resource to help make a decision about which tool to use based on the set of features you need.

  BlueJeans Meetings
not available after 5/1/2021
Canvas Conferences (BigBlueButton) Google Meet Zoom Zoom Webinars Zoom for Health
Recommended use Small-to-medium discussion classes, staff meetings Small-to-medium classes focused on materials, where everything is integrated in a single Canvas environment Backup option for other services (only free option for alumni and retirees) Staff meetings, training sessions under 300 people Town halls, classes over 300 or professional conferences Patient/provider meetings, medical center meetings, research collaboration with PHI
Integrates with Canvas
Maximum connections 200 100 250 until 9/1; then 100 300 500–10,000 300
HIPAA compliant for use with PHI Yes for Zoom Health. No for Zoom at U-M.
Option to allow only U-M authenticated users to join
Screen share capability Host, co-host panelist
Q&A option
Virtual backgrounds Host, co-host panelist
Download recordings Yes, for 180 days Yes, for 180 days Yes, for 180 days Cloud recording disabled for HIPAA - Local recordings only
Annotate screen share Yes; Current speaker Yes; Presenter and participants Yes; Presenter and participants Yes; Presenter only
Built-in polling
Raise hand
Breakout rooms
Max participants seen on screen 25 12 16 49 Host and panelist(s) 49
Compatible with high-end room systems
Auto Captioning
Captions cannot be downloaded

Transcripts can be automatically downloaded.

Transcripts can be automatically downloaded.
Supports real-time CART captioning
Inline CART support

Captions can be downloaded
ASL interpreter support (multiple pinned screens) Unknown Unknown
Screen reader accessible Partly Mostly Mostly Mostly Mostly

Functionality varies by product.