video conference tools

Video conferencing tools make it easy to conduct synchronous (real-time) lectures, office hours, and group discussion for many users within a course. All conferencing tools featured on this page allow users to broadcast real-time audio and video, share presentation slides, and record session.

We highly recommend the Conferences tool (a.k.a. BigBlueButton) within Canvas. Since it is part of the Canvas tools, there is no separate setup. Conferences can accommodate up to 100 users in one session.

The Conferences tool can be found in every Canvas course on the course navigation menu. See accompanying video (right) of how the tool works. Additional instructions on how to start a conference can be found here.

Our second recommendation is Google Meet, part of the Google Education Suite. This solution enables users to make video calls with up to 250 users per session with the ability to record meetings to Google Drive.

You can access Google Meet via https://meet.google.com/ and Sign in (located at the top right of the screen).

Instructions on how to setup a meeting from your Google Calendar can be found here.

Our third recommendation is Zoom, a stand alone video conference application. The basic account has a 40-minute limit for group meetings (up to 100 participants) and unlimited 1 to 1. ITT has a limited number of Zoom Pro licenses, which allows for longer meetings. To request a Pro license, please email ittsupport@apu.edu.

You can access Zoom via https://apu.zoom.us/. Click Sign in.

Instructions on how to get started on Zoom can be found here.