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.

Zoom is robust video conference application with many features for conducting synchronous online classes and meetings. Zoom is also integrated within Canvas. To get a Zoom Pro license (no time limit; up to 300 participants), go to and click Sign in, using your APU ID.

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

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Google Meet, part of the Google Education Suite, 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 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.

Canvas as a built-in Conferences tool (a.k.a. BigBlueButton). 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.