Video Conferencing

1.Introduction

Video conferencing is one way to be able to interact with students in an online course. It can be useful for inviting a guest speaker, holding office hours, or other activities that require the synchronous presence of both the instructor and a majority of the students.  

2.Big Blue Button

Conferences makes it easy to conduct synchronous (real-time) lectures for all of the students in your course. Conferences allows you to broadcast real-time audio, video, demo applications on your desktop, share presentation slides, or demo any online resources. Currently, Canvas integrates with BigBlueButton.

Canvas has its own integrated video conferencing platform, which you can read about how to use on their user guide. Using this platform allows for the easy creation of a closed conferencing environment, limited to the students in your class.

3.Zoom Web Conference Tool

Zoom is a web conferencing tool that DTLT currently has a limited number of subscriptions for users at UMW. The advantage of using Zoom is the ability to live-stream and ease of recording and archiving, as well as being able to invite others to view or participate in the video or web conference. It can accommodate more participants and it is less demanding on your computer than comparable platforms . It is also easy to create a password to restrict participants. If you are interested in using Zoom, please contact dtlt@umw.edu for permissions. For more information on using Zoom, visit their support page.

4.Google Hangout

Google Hangout is a free video conferencing platform that integrates with the Google suite of tools, such as Google Docs and YouTube. The Hangouts can be private or broadcast publicly on YouTube. It is simple to use, as well as providing apps for both iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets. Because of its simplicity, it lacks some of the more robust capabilities of other similar tools. You can read more about using Google Hangouts on their support page.

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