Web conferencing is any type of online meeting that involves two or more participants in different locations. These participants could be anywhere in the world. With a reliable internet connection and conferencing software, they can see, talk, and hear each other in real-time. A web conferencing platform can have built-in advanced features. These include screen sharing, instant messaging, desktop sharing, remote control, file sharing and an interactive whiteboard.

Zoom

Zoom is a modern enterprise video communications solution. It has an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Zoom helps you bring your groups together for collaboration.

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Getting Started with Zoom

 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a web conferencing tool that allows Instructors to collaborate with their students, using chats, calls, audio/video conferencing, and document sharing through its platform. Users can stay organize by keeping notes, documents and calendars together or securely connect, access, share, and co-author files in real-time. MS Teams is already installed on your Howard University issued computer.

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Getting Started with MS Teams

 

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web-conferencing application that will empower you to teach “live” classes, record them if desired, and email links to invite participants or to share recordings.  With Blackboard Collaborate, you will be able to conduct classes with Voice over IP, multi-point video, interactive whiteboards, desktop or application sharing, file transfer, and more.  Meanwhile, your students will be able to participate in “live” class sessions “on the go” via their laptops, tablets, or phones.

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Getting started with Collaborate Ultra for Moderators