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What?

Conferencing tools allow students to interact with you and fellow students visually and in real time. NYU IT offers detailed instructions on remote instruction in case you have to be physically away during your classtime.

  • Web conferencing uses computer software to connect various points over the internet. It is inexpensive, great for smaller meetings, and allows for screen sharing.
  • Video conferencing uses video and audio equipment (hardware) to connect various meeting sites separated by distance, and requires that all sites involved have the same technical set up. It is costly and involves construction and set up.
  • Live streaming is for capturing an event in its entirety (ex. filming speakers and audience) and broadcasting it live to remote locations. It requires video/ audio hardware as well as software that runs on a computer with high processing power.

Why?

Integrating conferencing is a great way to encourage deeper levels of collaboration between students and even hold extra office hours and consultations.


Where?

The tools listed below can be accessed with an Internet connection. Some require account sign ups. Please note that some solutions are not recommended for sensitive information such as student advising sessions due to HIPAA (protected student information) & FERPA standards.


How?

There are several conferencing tools that allow instructors and students to communicate over video in real time. Please note that some solutions are not recommended for sensitive information such as student advising sessions due to HIPAA (protected student information) standards.

Live streaming options include hiring NYU TV to live stream your event OR purchasing your own live streaming set up. Please book an appointment with us for more details on live streaming options.


Tools?

Basic Intermediate Advanced
NYU Classes Meetings tool (free): This is the embedded web conferencing tool within NYU Classes, and offers a bare bones, but functional way to post discussion questions and have students or groups or students respond. Also allows instructors to record meetings for later replay. Must make a special request to IT to add this to your Classes shell.


Google Hangouts (free and now part of NYU Core Apps): Part of the commercial apps suite, participants must opt in to Google plus before using Hangouts.   Allows up to 15 participants to video chat & has screensharing functionality.


Skype (free with account): Allows 2 participants to video chat (more participants are audio only for free version) & has screensharing functionality. Not recommended for discussing sensitive, FERPA-related information.

Blue Jeans (purchased license needed): online video conferencing tool that allows for maximum interoperability by offering online meetings, syncing to video conferencing spaces, and conference calls.


GoToMeetings (purchased license needed): nice web conferencing option for department-level events such as trainings or meetings that might require non-NYU participants. Departments may purchase a license through NYU Software.


WebEx (NYU Classes integration coming soon): another web conferencing option for department-level events such as trainings or meetings that might require non-NYU participants

Chromebox for Meetings (starting at $999): low cost video conferencing solution that provides a camera and software set up.


NYU Videoconferencing Spaces: There are several videoconferencing spaces on campus that you can reserve. Please visit http://www.nyu.edu/its/videoconferencing/ for complete information.