Web & Video Conferencing FAQs
Q: What is the difference between Zoom meetings and Zoom webinars?
Zoom meetings are usually used when all participants are expected or have the ability to participate equally: depending on the way the Zoom meeting is configured, participants can turn their mics and cameras on and can share their content. Breakout rooms are possible in Zoom meetings, and Zoom meetings are available with the Basic Zoom license. Zoom account pricing is based on number of meeting participants; eg, up to 100, 300, 500, and 1000.
Zoom webinars are usually used when the format of the session is one-to-many; ie, one presenter will do most of the talking and sharing of their content and the audience is neither heard nor seen. Audience participation is usually limited to chat and asking questions via a Q & A tool. Webinars are an add-on to Zoom licenses, with pricing based on the number of webinar attendees from 500 to 10,000.
Q: How do I webcast a student event from MSB-3153 or MSB-3154 classroom to other members watching over the internet?
Q: What type of web conferencing service does Discovery Commons offer (i.e. how can I share video, voice and digital content within a group)?
Q: I have a presentation that I’m giving to a large group at the MSB and I would like to offer this to participants off-site as well. How can I do this?
Discovery Commons can help you webcast your event using our webcasting unit. While you are presenting to the large group at MSB, off-site participants can view the presentation live at their own PCs and use the text chat function to ask questions. Your off-site participants are given (via advance email) a url to access the webcast site. During the Q and A, the moderator of the live session can read questions that have been sent by off-site participants and answer these along with questions from the live audience. The session can also be recorded and made available online. See an infographic on webcasting here
Q: I need to book a videoconference for a meeting, what details are required to set it up?
Q: Can I use Zoom, Teams, or Skype in the meeting rooms at Discovery Commons?
Zoom, Teams, and Skype are popular commercial tools for web conferencing. MSB 3174, one of the Discovery Commons meeting rooms, is equipped with a webcam, and the microphones and speakers in the room are configured to optimize audio for Zoom and Skype calls.
Q: What teaching tools or technological activities are currently available for Faculty to use in an "flipped" classroom teaching model?
Discovery Commons has a number of instructional technologies available such as software capture, web collaboration and presentation publishing programs. The department also has a permanent studio used for recording professional video and computer presentations to deliver as online lectures. Our knowledgeable staff can work with you to create effective professional course material.