Web Conferencing Tools for Interactive and Collaborative Engagement

Examples in Hosting Webinars, eLearning, and Online Meetings

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Higher levels of engagement in online seminars and virtual classrooms is now possible because web conferencing tools have helped advance communication and collaboration capabilities. Research has shown, as cited in a Georgetown University case study that faculty incorporating web conferencing into their courses as well as placing students into the instructor role can increase comprehension and retention.

Educators, corporate trainers, and event managers have many more web conferencing options available than ever before to enrich skills training through social learning. These web conferencing tools among others provide a full range of webinar, eLearning, and online meeting platforms to create, assemble, and deliver programs anywhere on any device in real-time or on-demand.

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AT&T Connect

What We Like
  • Cross-platform apps.

  • Add-ins for popular calendar services.

  • Lots of customizable settings.

  • Runs online and from the desktop.

What We Don't Like
  • Extremely outdated apps.

  • Doesn't work on Linux.

AT&T Connect's enterprise and small business plans integrate audio, web, and video conferencing capabilities running on its MPLS IP-based network. A biotechnology manufacturer hosts high-quality presentations, facilitating interactive discussions among as many as 300 scientists to help build stronger relationships. Co-hosts can also manage an eLearning workshop where participants can annotate shared application content, send notes, and participate in interactive discussions. Video conferencing includes up to 4-way continuous streaming, from desktop or laptop.

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Adobe Connect

What We Like
  • Chat and screen sharing.

  • Provide interactive content.

  • Track user engagement.

  • Custom-branded, non-changing rooms.

  • Web-based client.

  • 30-day trial.

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive monthly plans.

  • Poorly designed mobile apps.

Adobe Connect’s enterprise web conferencing tools can be used on any device. The eLearning tool allows you to share audio, video, and interact with participants through polls, interactive games and quizzes. You can record and edit audio synchronized to PowerPoint slide animations, along with video from webcam or file. The unique recorded meeting index records at the content and event level, which can also be edited for offline use. Adobe Connect is instrumental in transforming the way the firehouse staff shares information throughout the City of Davenport, Iowa’s fire department over a 64-square mile area, including informal, on-the-spot instruction, or structured training.

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Blackboard Collaborate

What We Like
  • Accessible for those with disabilities.

  • Super helpful features.

  • Track user engagement.

  • High-definition video and audio.

  • Free 1-month trial.

What We Don't Like
  • Has troubles during heavy use.

  • Trial request takes a while to fulfill.

Blackboard Collaborate's comprehensive learning platform is used in education and business. At the University of Idaho, faculty use iPads to deliver courses and students can participate wherever they are. Two-way audio, video, chat, whiteboard, and application sharing are standard tools. In Blackboard Collaborate, teachers and trainers can create breakout rooms for active participants to work and engage in ​real-world projects or case studies.

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Citrix Online

What We Like
  • Free trials don't require payment details.

  • Choose the tool that works best for you.

  • Join sessions online without downloading software.

  • Various plan tiers with different pricing.

What We Don't Like
  • Some plans have high monthly costs.

  • Can't chat live with support.

Citrix Online collaboration products include GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining. Interactive training sessions for up to 200 people can be hosted anywhere. Participants can interact through integrated audio and text chat.

Princeton Financial Group offers proprietary research and advice to institutional portfolio managers worldwide and online training allows them to show clients dynamically what they observe in the markets, which we can also be recorded to view at their convenience.

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PGi GlobalMeet

What We Like
  • Affordable plans.

  • Use your phone or computer mic.

  • Unlimited meetings.

  • Easy-to-use desktop software.

  • 2-week free trial.

What We Don't Like
  • Large host setup file.

  • Doesn't run on Linux.

  • No Android app.

  • Outdated iOS app.

PGi's GlobalMeet offers web conferencing tools to conduct virtual meetings, webinars, and online training. Conferencing formats, including polls, and Q&A can be recorded and stored along with meeting notes in the cloud-based content library and accessed on-demand. The Accreditation Commission for Audiology in Washington, D.C. uses GlobalMeet to host secure and confidential online meetings for the Board of Directors, who hold regular meetings between colleagues and their clients located in different areas across the U.S.