Collaborate from anywhere with the appropriate conferencing tool

Do you need to schedule a conference for a class of twenty-five? Do you need to touch base with your research colleague at another institution? We can help you choose the best conferencing tool.

The tables below list the features and case scenarios to narrow down the best tool.

Search the Classroom Tech database if you’re connecting two or more groups. Next, submit the Videoconference Scheduling service request to reserve the appropriate space. The team sets up the room and walks you through using the equipment.

To connect individuals, choose a software solution like Skype, WebEx Cloud or SabaMeeting, visit the appropriate website or contact the IT Help Desk to get started.

Features
FeatureSaba MeetingSkype for Business*WebExDedicated hardware**
Session Management ToolsYes---
HD Video---Yes
Application/screen sharingYesYesYesYes
Presentation/Document/Whiteboard AnnotationYesYesYesYes
Text ChatYesYesYes-
PollingYes-Yes-
Viewer StatisticsYes-Yes-
Session Recording & ManagementYes-YesYes
Clinical/Secure ConferencingYesYes

*formerly called Microsoft Lync. Still using Lync?  See these resources.
**conference rooms and classrooms using dedicated conferencing hardware

Scenarios
ScenarioSaba MeetingSkype for Business*WebExDedicated hardware**
Employ a full-featured virtual classroom***Yes---
Hold office hours or consultationsYesYesYesYes
Host guest lecturersYesYesYesYes
Conduct student presentationsYesYesYesYes
Host 1 to 5 connectionsYesYesYesYes
Schedule small group meetings (by students)YesYesYes-
Administer quiz during sessionYes---
Organize individual meetingsYesYesYesYes
Host 5+ connectionsYes-YesYes
Host non-ECU usersYesYesYesYes

*formerly called Microsoft Lync. Still using Lync?  See these resources.
**conference rooms and classrooms using dedicated conferencing hardware
***Includes session management tools. Session leader controls which participants speak/interact with collaboration tools and can break the session into multiple breakout rooms for group or individual lab exercises. Participants can raise their hands, indicate yes/no polling, demonstrate laughter and applause, utilize public/private text chat and provide anonymous feedback to leaders and presenters.