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KU IT offers two options for self-managed web conferencing: Blackboard Collaborate for course specific web conferencing by faculty and instructors, and Skype for Business for online collaboration by faculty and staff. KU also offers multi-point video conferencing services at select campus locations.

Blackboard Collaborate:

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing platform which instructors can use to schedule synchronous class sessions. Collaborate can be launched directly from your Blackboard course.

Synchronous class sessions are a convenient medium for collaborative, interactive, and mobile learning. They provide space for faculty and students to replicate many elements of face-to-face instruction while online. They also provide an alternative venue for student group work. And by using the sessions for office hours and student consultations, they can involve each student on an individual level. Interactive presentations and the use of Collaborate’s polling feature assist with student engagement.

Visit Blackboard Learn: Collaborate for more information.

Skype for Business (Lync):

KU IT provides web conferencing via Skype for Business. With the click of a button you can open a text chat, make a voice or video call, or even start an online meeting. And, you can use Skype for Business from nearly any computer or mobile device, on campus or anywhere in the world you have Internet access.

  • Choose how you want to communicate—through text chat, voice call or video call.
  • Skype for Business/Lync can be used on PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones.
  • Integration with Microsoft Outlook address book makes it easy to contact KU colleagues for a quick chat, voice call or video conference.
  • See if your contacts are available, in a meeting or away from their desk.
  • Send and share files with simple drag and drop.
  • Start and impromptu video conference with the click of a button.
  • Schedule online meetings for up to 250 participants using Outlook—even if they don’t have Skype for Business/Lync.
  • Easily share a PowerPoint presentation, whiteboard or your entire desktop during an online meeting.
  • Chat, voice call or video call with colleagues in more than 800 institutions around the world, just by adding them as a contact.

Visit Skype for Business for more information.

Multi-point Video Conferencing:

KU also offers standard and high definition multi-point video conferencing via the Kansas Research & Education Network (KanREN) to support and enhance learning, provide professional development and encourage collaboration with colleagues around the world.

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