Web conferencing tools allow faculty, staff, and students to interact live via a web interface. Web conferencing allows anyone with a computer and internet connection to interact with two-way audio, video, chat, screen-sharing, and more.
You can use web conferencing tools to:
- Facilitate live classroom sessions
- Bring in guest speakers from distant locations
- Provide online student group work spaces
- Host meetings with remote colleagues
- "Winterize your course" and meet virtually during inclement weather
- Conduct virtual office hours
There are currently two Appalachian sanctioned web conferencing tools.
Google Hangouts is part of the Google Apps for Education suite and is available to all Appalachian users via their Mountaineer Apps account.
For Google Hangouts you will need:
- Your Mountaineer Apps/Google account
- Access to your computer's microphone and camera
- A web browser (if you are using Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer, you will need to download and install the latest version of the Hangouts plugin)
Google Hangouts allows for 15 participants to meet in a video chat, before going to an on-air session.
We also recently added Zoom as a web conferencing tool that can be used inside or outside AsULearn. All faculty, staff, and students have Zoom Pro accounts and are equally able to use this product, both to host and to attend meetings.
For Zoom you will need:
- An Appalachian log in
- Zoom application
- Zoom Client for Meetings on a PC, Mac or Linux operating system
- Zoom mobile app on an iOS or Andriod device
Zoom meetings allow for up to 50 participants, and we have additional options for webinars over 50 participants. For help using Zoom, visit our support documentation.