Web conferencing software provides online meetings, virtual classrooms, webinars, online training sessions, group meetings, and collaborations. Participants can access events via numerous mechanisms, including desktops, iOS and Android devices. Several software options provide secure communication that meets compliance and accessibility standards. Webinars for online learning feature engagement monitoring tools and analytics, which can be used to measure student participation and learning outcomes.
Tools that are currently available:
- Google Hangouts: Maricopa uses the Google for Education suite of products, i.e. Hangouts, through an IT Directive for cloud storage communicated in January 2016.
- Skype for Business (Lync): District-wide contracts with Microsoft now cover this tool.
- Big Blue Button: Already integrated within Canvas (called Conferences).
The CTL can provide training and assistance in the development of web conferencing to utilize in online and hybrid courses. We are also exploring other possible tools that might be useful. We’re here to help you with these tools as we transition. Stay tuned!