Virtual Communications

Online Virtual Communication

Zoom

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows instructors and students to connect virtually using a computer or mobile device. 

The following materials review how to access and setup your BC Zoom account and make use of Zoom’s various features in your teaching:

If you are looking for more support accessing or installing your Zoom account, the ITS website features additional information. If you are looking for additional information about how to use Zoom in your teaching, our FAQ document includes more detailed explanations of Zoom’s various features and how they might support teaching and learning. You can also share the Zoom Guide for Students with your classes to help students get oriented to the technology.

Please note: Zoom does not automatically update, though you will have to use the most current version of Zoom to make use of all of the features described in this resource. You can check for an update every couple of weeks by opening the zoom.us dropdown menu in the app, selecting “Check for Updates” and following any prompts.

Google Meet

Google Meet offers a number of similar features to Zoom, and connects directly to your BC Gmail account, so there is no need to download anything or create a new account. You can start a meeting with one click, or schedule a meeting with Google Calendar.

Google’s support website provides instructions on using Google Meet:

Comparison: Zoom vs. Google Meet

Zoom vs Google Meet comparison chart