Conference calls are an economical way to meet with people, both on and off-campus. They are an easy, effective way of cutting travel time and expenses, allowing participants to work from their own offices or wherever they can be most productive.
Web conferencing combines telephone conference calls with the use of a Web browser to share viewing of presentations and documents. By allowing all conference participants to view the same thing at the same time, web conferences can improve discussions, presentations, and explanations. Questions and answers are simpler and easier.
Types of Conferencing Service
Telephone - Audio Only
Conference Call Feature on Campus Phones: Audio Only
The campus phone systems have built-in conference call features, for a telephone conference of up to 16 people.
- Ericsson and Aastra campus phones can support conference calls with 3 – 8 participants, including up to 6 from off-campus.
- Cisco IP campus phones can support conference calls with 3 – 16 participants when the conference host is using an IP phone and all parties call in to the host.
- The only costs are long distance or toll charges for connections initiated by the host to off-campus participants.
- More information on Conference Call Feature
Web, Video & Audio Conferencing
Zoom – Web, Video and Audio Conferencing Service
Zoom Education is an online communication and collaboration tool that provides video conferencing, web conferencing, and audio conferencing (both device-based and phone), all with an intuitive and easy-to-use user-interface. The UC campuses have a system-wide Zoom Agreement. OIT encourages you to consider using Zoom as your primary conferencing solution.
ReadyTalk – Audio plus (optional) Web Conferencing
As of July 2016, the UC-wide ReadyTalk agreement has expired and will not be renewed. Use of ReadyTalk is no longer covered by any UC-wide contractual protections. However, you may still use ReadyTalk. As an alternative, OIT encourages you to consider using Zoom, a Web, Video and Audio Conferencing Service that is under UC contract.