You can easily talk to your colleagues anywhere in the world and work on documents together using a number of desktop technologies. These work best with 1 person on each computer (or, at most, 2 people on each computer).
The Distance Teaching page has information about using these technologies with small groups:
- Zoom Desktop Videoconferencing—supported by ITS and information available online
- Skype and Google Hangout—these options are free and work well, but are not supported by ITS
How to set up desktop-to-desktop videoconferencing
- You will need a webcam and headset to use these systems
- They are straightforward to use, but you may need assistance the first few times
- Support is available through ITS or your departmental IT/AV support team
- Please test the systems well before you intend to use them for a meeting
If you intend to use Zoom in a room with more than 2 people, then please get technical advice. Getting good quality sound from a group requires special equipment and set up.
Setting up Zoom is generally very easy. ITS have provided the following information for students and staff: