Web Conferencing

Web conferencing is real-time, online communication between two or more people using audio, video, chat, and document sharing. Applications like Google Meet and Zoom allow you to meet with students any time from anywhere.

How can I use web conferencing in my classes?

Web conferencing makes it easier to build community in your classes by providing opportunities for students to interact with one another, connect with professionals in the field, and meet with you regardless of time or location.

Office Hours

Host your office hours virtually and meet with students online to discuss questions or provide feedback.

Guest Speakers

Connect your students with experts in the field, whether they’re across town or across the globe.

Peer Collaboration

Have students meet virtually to discuss projects, give each other feedback, or share their work.

Virtual Field Trips

Tour a site with students via mobile device, or ask professionals to lead a virtual tour of their workspace.

What applications should I use?

The University of Maine System currently supports two web conferencing applications.


Zoom is the web conferencing application licensed by the University of Maine system, so it’s integrated with Blackboard and fully supported by our Help Desk. Zoom meeting attendees can take turns sharing their desktop and break into smaller groups, and you can record meetings for later viewing. Zoom’s audio and video quality is typically better than Google Meet.

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Google Meet

Google’s Meet application provides audio and video calling, and as part of Google Suite, it’s integrated with other Google apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It’s a good option for meetings with fewer than 5 attendees since its audio and video quality declines with larger groups. While the full Google Suite is supported by our Help Desk, Google Meet isn’t integrated with Blackboard.

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