Google Meet and Zoom

Everyone at Williams has access to Google Meet and Zoom Basic for video conferencing. There are also a number of Zoom licenses purchased explicitly for use in remote teaching for spring 2020. Faculty teaching remotely can request a Zoom license by sending email to [email protected] with “Zoom” in the subject line.

Please take a look at the guide below to see whether Meet, Zoom Basic or Zoom best fits your needs.

Feature Hangouts Meet Zoom Basic
Zoom
Meet one-on-one or in small to medium groups for office hours, department meetings, etc. Yes Yes Yes
Share computer screen into meeting Yes Yes Yes
Dial-in by phone Yes Yes Yes
Recording capability Yes, to Google Drive Yes, to local computer Yes, to local computer
In-conference text chat Yes Yes Yes
Mobile apps (Android & iOS) Yes Yes Yes
Waiting room (pause participants’ entry to the meeting until access is granted) No Yes Yes
Breakout rooms (discussion sections) No Yes Yes
Works between US and China No Yes, currently (international restrictions) Yes, currently (international restrictions)
Meeting duration Indefinite • 1:1 meetings: Indefinite
• 3 or more participants: 40 minutes
Indefinite
Key integrations Google Calendar Google Calendar (with Chrome browser extension) Google Calendar (with Chrome browser extension)
Maximum meeting size 250 people 100 people 300 people
Required software on laptop/desktop Runs in most web browsers Install required Install required

(adapted from a guide provided by our friends at Colby).

Zoom Users can explore the extensive documentation at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us