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What is Web Conferencing?

Web conferencing technology enables real-time communication and collaboration between distributed individuals on web-enabled devices (PCs, laptops, tablets, etc). Web conferencing unites students from different locations and connects them with faculty and their peers. Students are able to remotely work together or meet with faculty during office hours for personalized instruction. Web conferencing platforms provide communication through audio and video, as well as through sharing content.

Typical features of web conference platforms include:

  • Real-time audio and video communication through the computer via use of headphones, speakers, and web cams.
  • Screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing where students can view anything the presenter currently has shown on their screen.
  • Virtual whiteboard with annotation (allowing the presenter and/or attendees to highlight or mark items on the slide presentation, or, to simply make notes on a blank whiteboard).
  • Text chat allows participants to post comments and questions that are visible to the entire group without interrupting the ongoing conversation. Text chat may be public (visible to all participants) or private (between two participants).
  • Session recording allows the entire session to be recorded for future review.

NYU offers three different web conferencing tools: NYU Zoom, NYU Chat/Hangouts, and Meetings Tool in NYU Classes. The availability of the technologies, the cost, and the number of participants they support will largely dictate which tool you choose.

NYU Chat/Hangouts

  • Chat/Hangouts is available to the entire NYU community with no fees or licensing requirements. ¬†

Read about NYU Chat and Hangouts

Zoom tool in NYU Classes

  • Available to all faculty, students, and staff.
  • Available in all NYU Classes course sites.