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Zoom into Collaboration on Blackboard

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Zoom video conferencing is replacing Blackboard Collaborate as the preferred option for online meetings in Blackboard. Zoom combines video conferencing, online meetings and in-conference group chat into one easy-to-use tool that is ideal for online academic spaces, as well as meetings and engagement with students and colleagues.  
To ensure a smooth transition, Blackboard Collaborate will continue for the Spring 2018 semester, but will no longer be available after May. Instructors who have Collaborate videos they want to keep will need to download and save them prior to June 1. Follow the steps under Download Collaborate Ultra recordings at blackboard.ku.edu/collaborate.
Resources are available at kansas.zoom.us to help instructors get started and transition to using Zoom in Blackboard as quickly as possible.
Zoom Highlights
  • Zoom supports video, audio and content sharing among up to 100 participants, and is compatible with most devices, including Windows and Mac computers, Android and iOS devices, and KU video conferencing room systems (e.g., Polycom). 
  • Join Meetings — Participants can join a Zoom meeting from anywhere in the world via the Zoom app
  • Host/Schedule Meetings — KU faculty, staff and GTA/GRAs can schedule and host online meetings. Sign in at KU Zoom Video Conferencing to establish your account.
  • Download the Zoom app on your KU-owned workstation, personal computer and mobile device at KU Zoom Video Conferencing.
Learn More About Zoom
Instructors who have questions about using Zoom with Blackboard can contact the Educational Technology staff at itedtech@ku.edu or 785-864-2600. 
Faculty or staff who have general questions about the Zoom service can contact their IT Support Staff, or the KU Information Technology Customer Service Center at itcsc@ku.edu or 785-864-8080. Students can contact the KU IT Customer Service Center.

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