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Collaborate from anywhere with the appropriate conferencing tool

Do you need to schedule a conference for a class of twenty-five? Do you need to touch base with your research colleague at another institution? We can help you choose the best conferencing tool.

The tables below list the features and case scenarios to narrow down the best tool.

Search the Classroom Tech database if you're connecting two or more groups. Next, submit a service request to reserve the appropriate space or email the team at videoconferencing@ecu.edu. The team sets up the room and walks you through using the equipment.

To connect individuals, choose a software solution like Skype, WebEx Cloud, SabaMeeting or Jabber, visit the appropriate website or contact the IT Help Desk to get started.

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Feature Saba
Meeting
Skype for
Business
*
WebEx
Cloud
Cisco
Jabber

Dedicated
Hardware**

Session Management Tools Yes - - - -
HD Video
- - - Yes Yes
Application/screen sharing
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Presentation/Document/Whiteboard Annotation
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Chat
Yes Yes Yes - -
Polling Yes - Yes - -
Viewer Statistics
Yes - Yes - -
Session Recording & Management
Yes - Yes Yes Yes
Clinical/Secure Conferencing
    Yes Yes Yes

*formerly called Microsoft Lync. Still using Lync?  See these resources.
**conference rooms and classrooms using dedicated conferencing hardware

Scenario Saba Meeting Skype for
Business*

Cisco
WebEx
Cisco Jabber
Dedicated
Hardware

Employ a full-featured virtual classroom***
Yes - - - -
Hold office hours or consultations
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Host guest lecturers
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Conduct student presentations
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Host 1 to 5 connections
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Schedule small group meetings (by students)
Yes Yes Yes - -
Administer quiz during session
Yes - - - -
Organize individual meetings
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Host 5+ connections
Yes - Yes Yes Yes
Host non-ECU users
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

*formerly called Microsoft Lync. Still using Lync?  See these resources.
**conference rooms and classrooms using dedicated conferencing hardware
***Includes session management tools. Session leader controls which participants speak/interact with collaboration tools and can break the session into multiple breakout rooms for group or individual lab exercises. Participants can raise their hands, indicate yes/no polling, demonstrate laughter and applause, utilize public/private text chat and provide anonymous feedback to leaders and presenters.