Comparison between Blackboard and Microsoft 365 for Use in Classes

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The table below shows how Blackboard Learn and Microsoft Teams can be used to accomplish various pedagogical tasks. For more information about using Microsoft Teams in the classroom, please refer to the Teaching with Microsoft Teams e-book.


Comparison
Pedagogical Goal Sub-task MS Office 365 Teams logo Teams Blackboard
Share Content Interactive Synchronous Lectures Chat Feature Teams Meeting Chat Blackboard Collaborate Chat
Using Polls Use MS Forms in Teams Blackboard Collaborate Polls
Using live slides Share PowerPoint Presentation during meeting Share PowerPoint presentation during session
Using a Whiteboard Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams Whiteboard in Blackboard Collaborate
Interactive Asynchronous Lectures Using Microsoft Stream Add a Poll, Survey or Quiz to a Stream video and links and timestamps to the video description. Comments can be posted by students. Embed Stream Video in Teams Embed Stream Video in Blackboard
Recording Lectures Schedule a meeting/session Schedule a meeting Schedule a session
Invite Students Send invite to meeting Students can join session from Virtual Classroom link
Start/Stop Recording Record Teams Meeting Record Blackboard Collaborate session
Access Recorded Session Meeting Recodings Session Recordings
Share Recording Copy meeting recording link from Stream Copy session recording link
Sharing Documents Read-Only Use class material folder Create web link to shared file
Edit Upload file in Teams Create web link to shared file
Asynchronous Discussions and Activities Interactive discussions Collaborative documents Discussion boards
Communications Holding Office Hours Create a Meeting/Session Schedule a meeting Schedule a session
Create Waiting Rooms Teams Meeting Options Blackboard Collaborate for Virtual Office Hours
Synchronous Group Work Create Interactive Groups Create Channels in Teams Blackboard Collaborate Breakout rooms
Assessments
Group Assessments Collaboration Options
(Manual column to track grading to be added to Bb Grade Centre and manually updated)
Create channel in Teams Breakout Rooms
Asynchronous Student Presentation Submit presentation
(Manual column to track grading to be added to Bb Grade Centre and manually updated)
Submitting Assignment in Teams Assignment in Blackboard
Synchronous Student Presentation Live presentation
(Manual column to track grading to be added to Bb Grade Centre and manually updated)
Meeting in Teams Present in Blackboard
Assignments Create an assignment Create an assignment in Teams
Not recommended as feature is not integrated into Blackboard.

Manual transfer of any grading out of Teams into Blackboard would need to be done.

Create assignment in Blackboard
Quizzes Create a quiz Assign quizzes in Teams
Not recommended as feature is not integrated into Blackboard.

Manual transfer of any grading out of Teams into Blackboard would need to be done.

Create Tests in Blackboard

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