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
|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
|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