Zoom is a software that offers remote conferencing services combining video conferencing, audio conferencing, online meetings, chats, and mobile collaboration for up to 500 participants (only in paid-for plans). Additionally, it offers a host of supplementing functions that make it possible – with fairly little practice – to host classes almost as if on campus. The most useful such functions for classes are
– easy screen sharing;
– comfortable recording and even automated transciptions;
– breakout rooms for group work; and
– whiteboards for whole class and/or breakout rooms.
Zoom is available for all platforms and devices. While management of meetings etc. is handled in any of the common browsers, before joining the first Zoom meeting, participants must install a small standalone application (approx. 75MB).
On their homepage Zoom offer extensive support materials including a very comprehensive online video library with tutorials.
Zoom Video Communications (USA)
Zoom offers a free basic plan that allows meetings of up to 100 individuals with many of its common functionalities. While that would usually be enough for probably most studio classes, the setback is that all meetings are limited to 40 minutes only. After that all meeting participants have to join the next meeting – which is possible. Nonetheless, for a smooth un-disrupted class plus a variety of additional functions – e.g. reports incl. attendance – it’s probably necessary to buy one of their paid-for plans.
Tutorial (by third party):
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