Web conferencing enables two or more individuals to meet “face-to-face” or “voice-to-voice” from almost any location in the world. A web conference combines video, audio, phone and internet technologies to facilitate a real-time connection. In addition to transmitting audio and video, users can exchange documents and collaborate with virtual “white boards” and chat. At Clark, we use web conferencing for:
- Distance learning;
- Instantaneous file-sharing/collaboration.
ITS can provide equipment, support and training to meet the varied conferencing needs you may have.
We support several options for web conferencing.
Zoom is a video conferencing platform known for its ease of use, high quality HD video and audio, and collaboration facilities such as text chat, screen sharing and breakout rooms. Attendees can join a Zoom meeting without an account, but must log in with a licensed account to host a meeting.
All Clark community members now have automatic fully licensed accounts (previously called Pro accounts), which allow meetings for up to 24 hours, with up to 300 participants.
Microsoft Teams is a powerful communication and teamwork tool that allows Clarkies to keep working and learning regardless of where they are on campus or around the world. Teams is the perfect tool for regular, small team or person-to-person collaboration and meetings.
All Clark users have access to Teams with their Clark University email account.
Skype for Business
Skype for Business is a messaging system that allows users to have instant messaging (IM), video or audio conversations and/or meetings, allowing for a synchronous, online collaborative ‘meeting space’. Attendees can communicate in real-time with other attendees via chat, use their microphone, and show their webcam video.
All Clark users have access to Skype for Business with their Clark University email account.
Skype is a free application that allows users to make voice and video calls over the internet. Skype video conferencing requires a webcam, microphone, and computer with an internet connection. Skype also features instant messaging and screen and file sharing.
Resources that will help you learn how to use Skype are available here.
Livestream isn’t a true web-conferencing tool but is used to allow users to view and broadcast video content. Hosts can stream live video or broadcast pre-recorded video in their channels to a virtually unlimited number of participants.