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Selecting the Right Tool For Your Remote Meeting
These are UW-Green Bay IT's best practices for setting up remote meetings. This document details the remote meeting platforms available to UWGB employees and students and highlights their key features in order to help users make decisions on which tool to use for their meetings.
Comparison Table of Remote Meeting Platforms
|Conference Now||Microsoft Teams Meetings||Zoom|
|PC Connection (VoIP)||❌||✅||✅|
|Additional Fee for Use||❌||❌||❌|
|External Users Can Connect||✅||✅||✅|
|Students Can Create Sessions||❌||✅||✅|
|Use on Mobile||Phone Audio Only||With App||With App or Phone Number|
|Built-in Recording Feature||❌||✅||✅|
If anyone on your team is unable to connect with a computer and has only the ability to call into a meeting, we are recommending that you use one of these voice-only options:
Conference Now for On-Demand Conference Calls (up to 25 participants)
- Utilizing our Cisco VoIP system, all employees can log into our Cisco Unified Communications Self-Care Portal to setup an on-demand conference call number.
- This service only needs to be setup once and can be reused over and over.
- Instruction for setup and the information that needs to be provided to participants can be found at: Using Conference Now for On-Demand Conference Calls.
- Please NOTE: there is a 25-participant limit!
Microsoft Teams Meetings
- Microsoft Teams can be accessed through Office 365 and it is available to all employees and students. Teams meetings can be scheduled via the Teams app, Outlook in Office 365, or the desktop Outlook application (2019 or newer version only).
- Meetings can be joined via the Microsoft Teams desktop application or via the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers.
- Anyone can join a Teams Meeting. While you need a UWGB account to create and schedule a meeting, external users can be invited to meetings and join as guests through the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers. The Teams desktop application is available as a free download and provides the most fully featured experience.
- While video is not required, at minimum, participants will need a microphone connected or built-in to their computer to speak during the meeting.
- Users can join from mobile phones by downloading the free Microsoft Teams app for Android or iOS. Mobile users do not need to sign in and can join as guests.
- Each meeting can include up to 250 participants.
- Presenters can share their screen, PowerPoint files, or a virtual whiteboard with participants. Currently, only users on the Teams desktop app or Google Chrome can share content (this limitation does not apply to viewing shared content).
- Meetings include a text chat panel.
- Instructions for creating meetings: Microsoft Teams - Scheduling a Teams Meeting
- Instructions for joining meetings: Microsoft Teams - Joining a Teams Meeting on the Web
- Teams does a lot more than just video meetings. If you are interested in learning more, please check out this LinkedIn Learning Tutorial
- Please NOTE: the UWGB license for this product does NOT allow a call-in feature for Teams.
- Zoom is the only online conferencing tool that UWGB currently has that will allow both video and call-in meetings.
- All employees and/or students can setup their own Zoom sessions by navigating to the UW-Green Bay homepage and selecting Zoom under quick links.
- Zoom offers a desktop application (for more information on singing into the app, go to Zoom - Signing into the Desktop Application) and allows user to access meetings online with their web browser.
- Mobile users can join via the corresponding app for IOS or Android.
- Zoom allows up to 300 participants for each meeting.
- Presenters can share their screen, PowerPoint and PDF files, or a video with participants.
- Sessions include a text chat panel.
- Breakout rooms can be created within a session. (NOTE: When recording a session, breakout groups are not recorded).
- For more information about Zoom's services and about creating your account, look at this document: Zoom - Service Overview
Extra Large Events
Zoom and Microsoft Teams both have features that can be enabled to accommodate large webinar-style events for more than 250 participants. Presenters can share audio, video, and presentation content, but these large events limit audience participation to text chat only. Chat can also be turned off if desired. If you would like to host a large online event for more than 250 participants, please contact the IT Help Desk for a consultation and instructions on how to activate these features for your meeting.