Teaching & Learning Toolbox

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What it is

Web conferencing services provide advanced tools for remote communication and collaboration. Sessions may include two-way audio and video, PowerPoint delivery, screen sharing, Instant Messaging, Whiteboard tool and more. Web conferencing sessions can be recorded for later viewing by participants and non-participants alike. Web conferencing can facilitate learning in online, blended and face-to-face classroom settings.

There are several options for web conferencing on campus, we have created a comparison chart to help you decide which to use. The UW-System web conferencing system is currently Blackboard Collaborate and its newer version Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Both versions feature integration with our campuses Learning Management Systems (Canvas, D2L and Moodle) allowing instructors and enrolled students to easily access web conferencing sessions from within their courses.

Instructional Uses

Web conferencing enables instructors to optimize their time and engage students in new and stimulating ways. It can be used to support both blended and online courses. Current UW-Madison instructors are using it to deliver:

  • Online lectures
  • Guest speakers
  • Virtual office hours
  • Student group projects
  • Student presentations
  • Paper and project conferences
  • Virtual and outside class review sessions and more

Further resources:

 Click here for more information on how to use Blackboard Collaborate

Click here for more information on how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

More information about web conferencing tools is available under Resources.