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.
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.
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.