Below is a detailed explanation of the tools that are currently available to the SAIC community and the best practices in using them for online instruction. Additionally, the CRIT Team has created a detailed Tool Comparison Chart that includes detailed information on these systems including, communication modes, visibility, collaboration aspects, and moderator features. You can view this chart here.
Faculty are encouraged to solicit information on what technology capacity their students currently have as they consider how to deploy teleconferencing so as to benefit the most students without excluding those who are unable to participate. Regardless, faculty should not require or even expect that all students in their course can use Zoom or any other teleconferencing app, and required course assignments or deliverables should not depend on a student’s ability to teleconference.
That being said, the Dean’s Office encourages you to consider synchronous approaches such as teleconferencing as a supplement to your revised course processes. Zoom is a tool which can be used to build community, connect students and faculty, and further course dialogue for those students who are able to participate. Faculty may want to schedule one-on-one or small group sessions with students, or, depending on the size, try to bring together as many students as possible for optional engagement activities.
Zoom is also a great resource for faculty who wish to hold optional remote office hours that students may engage with as needed. In this case, you can set up a two-hour Zoom meeting and keep it open for students to enter and engage with you related to the course or their work.
This information courtesy of CRIT's Zoom Account Info for Faculty page.
Zoom is recommended for online sessions or group meetings with your class, as it offers additional features such as recording and closed captioning. Read Zoom Account Info for Faculty for more information about using Zoom.
More Information About Zoom and Creating Your Account
Review the Zoom Account Info for Faculty page for instructions to set up your account.
Scheduling a Meeting through the Application
Scheduling a Meeting through the Zoom Website
Warning about ‘Zoombombing’: Make sure that you limit screen sharing to only known, trusted individuals; don’t leave it set so that everyone can screen share. Else others might play inappropriate content.
.Google Hangouts Meet.
Google Hangouts Meet is available to SAIC community members through their institutional Google accounts. It offers less features than Zoom, but can be used as an alternative. Follow these directions to use Google Hangouts Meet:
Scheduling a Meeting
FAQ's + Warnings
Warning: Firewall issues -- if the student can’t access Google, then they can’t use Hangouts Meet or any other Google service.
Canvas Conferencing is built into Canvas, but may require Canvas events to be created if you wish to schedule more than one in advance. The recommended limit is 100 participants, and you can create multiple meetings, but they will be listed in chronological order by the date they were created (with the most recent appearing at the top of the list).
Scheduling a Meeting
There are other tools that may be helpful for conducting video conferencing, including: