Technology Tools

Web Conferencing

Web conferencing applications allow users to create and host video conferences, whether it may be for one-on-one communication or conferences with large groups. The basic requirements include a computer with a fast Internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam. This is an ideal solution for quick and/or informal meetings between a student and an instructor in distance education.

Free/Basic Web Conferencing Sites

Canvas Conferences
Conferences within Canvas allow for real-time audio and video lectures for all students in a course. Canvas' integration with BigBlueButton allows up to 50 users to participate in one conference. Other features include:

  • Sharing presentation slides
  • Demonstration of applications and online resources on user's desktop

Skype
Instant messaging client and video communication service. Skype supports up to 25 people in conference calls and, with a Premium subscription, can support screen sharing and group video calling for a maximum of 10 people. Other features include:

  • Voicemail
  • Calls to landline/mobile phone numbers (fees applied)
  • SMS text messaging to mobile phone numbers (fees applied)

Google Hangouts
Instant messaging and video chat platform that works together with Google+. Google Hangouts allows users to create video chat "hangouts" with up to 10 users at a time. Other features include:

  • Accessibility through Gmail or Google+ websites
  • Integration with text messaging functionalities (Android 4.4)

ooVoo (Free Features)
Proprietary video chat and instant messaging client, allowing up to 12 people to be in one video call/instant messaging chat session at once (6 on video, 6 text chat). Browser-based video calls can also be made, allowing ooVoo and non-ooVoo users to interact with each other in a web chat. Other features include:

  • File sharing
  • Video messaging
  • Multi-party instant messaging

Vyew
A non-install site that features live synchronous conferencing (phone/audio/video), desktop sharing, remote control, screen capturing, session recording, page navigation, and the ability to swap presenters. The current user limit for a meeting is 100. Other features include:

  • Browser-based video conferencing (no downloads necessary)
  • Continuous meeting rooms (meeting content is continuously auto-saved)
  • External meeting room publishing

AnyMeeting (Free Version)
Web conferencing and webinar software application that allows users to host and attend web-based conferences and meetings. Features include 6-way video conferencing, screen sharing, custom registration forms, surveys, polls, and quizzes. Other features include:

  • PayPal and social media integration (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Personal meeting URL
  • YouTube video sharing

WebEx (Basic)
Collaborative web conferencing tool that allows up to 3 people per meeting. Other features include desktop sharing, whiteboard sharing, documents sharing, and 250 MB of storage. Recommended for small teams/groups.

 

Paid/Premium Web Conferencing Sites

Adobe Connect
An integrated software solution for creating general presentations, online training materials, web conferencing, learning modules, and user desktop sharing.

Other features include:

  • Unlimited and customizable meeting rooms
  • Breakout sessions within a meeting
  • Screen sharing
  • Polling

ooVoo (Paid Features)
ooVoo's paid features include video conferencing, which allows up to 12 people to be in one video/phone call session at once (6 on video, 6 on phone). Phone calls to landlines and mobile phones to 70 countries worldwide can also be made. Other features include:

  • Desktop sharing
  • Video call recording
  • File sharing

AnyMeeting (Pro 25 / Pro 200)
Premium versions of AnyMeeting allow for more functionality, such as meeting recording and hosting, custom meeting branding, and in-meeting file sharing. Also, ads, which are present in the basic version of AnyMeeting, are removed in the premium versions. Pro 25 allows for 25 attendees and Pro 200 allows for 200 attendees.

WebEx (Premium 8 / Premium 25 / Premium 100)
Premium versions of WebEx allow for an increase in the number of people per meeting (8, 25, and 100) and additional sharing features, including application sharing and remote control access. Also, storage is increased to 1 GB and high-definition video is available.

 

Support

UW Bothell does not provide technical support for these tools. Instead, users may be able to obtain support through the third-party that provides the tool or public information on the Internet. UWB LT provides pedagogical support for the use of this tool in classes.