Web conferencing is a service that allows conferencing events to be shared with different locations with multiple participants online. Web conferencing can include real time audio, video, text chat and content sharing. Web conferencing has become a common way to hold impromptu or scheduled meetings between individuals in different locations. In education, web conferencing tools help to bridge the distance between teachers and learners, facilitating synchronous discussion for online lectures, office hours and presentations
For instructors looking for web conferencing options, the University of Georgia offers Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a commercial web conferencing tool that can be used on its own or within eLearning Commons (eLC).
Collaborate Ultra is available for computers running Windows and Mac operating systems. It offers webcam streaming, live audio, a shared whiteboard, text chat, application sharing and more. Instructors may also record their live Collaborate Ultra sessions for playback at a later time.
In eLC, Collaborate Ultra is available under the Tools Menu. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has instructions for using Collaborate Ultra in eLC on its website.
To use Collaborate Ultra outside of eLC, submit a request for a Collaborate Ultra Room.
Instructors who still need access to the legacy web conferencing tool, Collaborate Classic, can find instructions for accessing it within eLC on CTL's website (PDF).
CTL and Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS) jointly support Blackboard Collaborate.
For technical assistance, please contact the EITS Help Desk at 706-542-3106.
For UGA departments looking for an affordable web conferencing tool for administrative purposes, the University offers GoToMeeting on a cost recovery basis.
GoToMeeting allows users to join or conduct online meetings from their desktops or mobile devices. It features video conferencing, VoIP or telephone audio, and collaboration tools to share desktop screens among meeting attendees. GoToMeeting has a free mobile app for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
UGA’s license with Citrix includes several GoToMeeting products that allow participants to invite anywhere from one to 1,000 people to join their online meeting, webinar or training session.
GoToMeeting is available to interested UGA departments on a cost recovery basis.