In 2015-2016 UMass Amherst launched an expansive video conferencing pilot to determine which tool would best meet the needs of the campus community. We found that Zoom met campus needs the most comprehensively, and we are rolling out Zoom campus wide beginning August 2016. Until then, if you would like a free Basic Zoom license, please let us know by completing our Zoom Request Form. You can also stop by the 7th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library to talk with one of our consultants about the different ways you can extend your classroom using this exciting platform.
Zoom Allows up to 100 simultaneous video endpoint connections, content sharing, remote screen control, and other features. A good choice for hosting small online classes or help sessions where you may need to take control of participants’ screens.
In addition to Zoom, members of the campus community might also be using other platforms that do not require a license. While these are not formally supported by the University, they can be useful to meet individual needs.
FaceTime A free Apple app that allows a one-to-one connection on Apple devices between individuals who have an Apple ID. Ideal for point-to-point video conferences that will have an Apple device on each end, and for hosting individual online meetings with students or colleagues who have Apple devices.
Google Hangouts A free app that allows up to 10 simultaneous video and audio feeds and unlimited viewers. Best for classes that are already using Google tools, like GMail, Calendar, Drive, and YouTube, since these services integrate with Hangouts.
Skype A free program that allows up to 10 simultaneous video feeds and 300 viewers. A popular choice for small classes, webinars, or for guest speakers.