Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows instructors and students to connect virtually from a desktop, mobile device, or the classroom. The free version of Zoom allows for meetings under 40 minutes in length, which makes it an ideal way to interact with students for a short class session or office hours. Zoom is particularly well-suited to replicate in-class group activities, with a “Breakout Rooms” feature that enables the instructor to split students into multiple smaller rooms during the virtual meeting.
If you teach a longer class and anticipate using Zoom for the length of an entire class meeting, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a Zoom Pro license.
Google Meet offers a number of similar features to Zoom, and will allow you to host a meeting with no time limit. Your BC Gmail account connects directly with Google Meet, 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:
- Starting a meeting
- Inviting people to a meeting
- Sharing your screen in a meeting
- Recording a meeting
- Using other features to customize and collaborate in meetings