video conferenceWith fall semester approaching, it’s a good time to think about how to connect with students in a remote learning environment. Web conferencing (aka video conferencing) is a powerful learning tool that can bring real-time interaction online. There are several ways web conferencing can be used in your online course, such as synchronous or asynchronous instruction, office hours, guest speakers, chat, collaboration, and student presentations.

With so many options available, how do you decide which web conferencing tool to use for your online course? At Harper College we support Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, and Microsoft Teams. Choosing a tool supported by the College offers advantages, such as access to the full features of the tool and support for you and your students.

To help you decide what to use, the Academy has created a one-page quick guide that compares the top features of Collaborate, Webex, and Teams. View the Web Conferencing Tools Comparison Guide.

We’ve also created a Lecture Capture and Web Conferencing webpage that dives further into the features of each tool and includes links to training guides and resources.

Web Conferencing Tools for Synchronous Instruction Workshop (August 18, 2020)
This session reviews the three tools supported at Harper College: Blackboard Collaborate, Webex, and Microsoft Teams:

If you would like to consult with the Academy to choose the best tool to fit your needs, please fill out the Online Instruction Support Form.