In order to connect to other locations all over the world, ITS makes use of two systems - Polycom and Zoom.
The Polycom system is physically built into the room with compatible microphones, cameras, etc. This system delivers the best possible learning experience between two or more locations. This system does require compatible hardware on the other end, which is typically available at all universities, but not always. Tablet connections to a meeting are also available.
Zoom is a Cloud Meeting Service and is hosted externally. Zoom offers a unified meeting platform for diverse systems including Windows, Mac, iOS Android, Polycom for transparent collaboration between all.
ITS offers high end web cams and microphones in our rooms, and the service can be used in all SIUE rooms with any web cam or microphone, even those built into a laptop. Zoom offers the most flexibility, as the people you are connecting to only need a computer, tablet, or smart phone on their end. Zoom can be used with a webcam for video, a usb mic, cell phone or landline for audio.
Sharing desktops, and the ability to record any session makes Zoom a popular choice for classroom connections, training, seminars and courses.
The Zoom client for any mobile device or desktop is found here: