Online Meeting Solutions

There are a number of different online meeting solutions available to you.  A full list can be found here: https://act.utoronto.ca/enterprise-video-conferencing-video-meeting-resources/ 

1.  Microsoft Teams:

Features:  Audio, Video, Chat, Screen Sharing, Record meetings
Maximum number of participants:  250 per meeting
Costs:  No additional charges; part of the University's Office 365 license

You can invite anyone to a Teams meeting with their email address (note that it does not need to be an @utoronto.ca email address).  The maximum number of participants is 250 per meeting.  Support fot Teams can be found here and detailed instructions for using videoconferencing in Teams can be found here.

2.  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (available through Quercus)

Features:  Audio, Video, Screen Sharing, File sharing, Breakout rooms, Record sessions
Maximum number of participants:  250 per meeting
Costs:  No additional charges unless connecting by phone - long distance charges apply  as the teleconferencing number provided by Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is not toll free

Instructions for using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra can be found here.  The maximum number of participants is 250 per meeting, unless previously arranged with your Quercus divisional contact.  

3. Broadconnect VOIP Communicator Client

Features:  Audio, Video, Screen Sharing
Maximum number of participants:  15 per meeting
Costs:  No additional charges; part of the University's VOIP solution

The Communicator client is part of the University's VOIP solution.  You will need to ensure that the meeting host has a premium account and download and install the Communicator client on your PC.  You can find download the Communicator client here.  Detailed instructions for starting a group conference call are below:

  1. Go to https://www.myphonetraining.com/video-tutorials/
  2. Click on Launch Tutorial for Communicator 7 – Windows
  3. Click “Show Me”
  4. Click “Connect to My Room Via Voice Call”

4.  Zoom

Features:  Audio, Video, Screen Sharing, Breakout rooms, Record sessions
Maximum number of participants:  up to 1,000 (additional fees apply)
Costs:  License must be purchased; additional fees are required for access to specific features