Information Services Division


Live teaching tools

Discover which tools are used by UCL to support live teaching.

Choosing the right platform for live teaching

There are three main platforms available for running live sessions. Find out more about each platform and the advantages and disadvantages of using them for live teaching.


Explore Live teaching tools

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Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra enables you to run live sessions with your students using audio and video, virtual whiteboards, screen sharing, text chat, polling, breakout rooms and more. Sessions are created in Moodle and can be accessed from the course or via a guest link.

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Staff and students can create and access UCL Zoom accounts via single sign-on. Sessions can be created to allow access to both UCL and external participants. Zoom has also been integrated with Moodle. For help with this visit the using Zoom in Moodle wiki page.

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Microsoft Teams

MS Teams has some features that make it applicable to teaching but there is no Moodle integration available. Currently, Digital Education recommends using Teams for smaller interactive meetings and 1-2-1 sessions, rather than online classes and seminars.

Need help?

If you need assistance using Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom or MS Teams, please raise a ticket with IT Services desk and one of our specialist support teams will be able to help.