Conferencing Services

Conference CallConference 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

Web, Video & Audio Conferencing

Zoom – Web, Video and Audio Conferencing Service

Zoom is a video, audio, and web conferencing service accessible on any computer, mobile device, and telephone.  A Zoom conference session has one or more hosts and participants. Only hosts need to have Zoom accounts (participants do not need Zoom accounts). All UCI faculty, staff, and students are now eligible to obtain a Zoom Pro account, which allows you to schedule Zoom meetings with up to 300 participants over an unlimited number of minutes.

ReadyTalk – Audio plus (optional) Web Conferencing

As of July 2016, the UC-wide ReadyTalk agreement expired and was not 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 the use of Zoom, a Web, Video and Audio Conferencing Service that is under UC contract.

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, Aastra, and Mitel branded campus phones can support conference calls with 3 – 8 participants, including up to 6 from off-campus.
  • 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