WSU is replacing Bb Collaborate with Zoom meetings, starting January 1, 2018.
Zoom should prove to be a much more versatile and easy-to-use solution for digital learning at WSU because each user has the capacity to create and host their own online meeting. Zoom uses username and password authentication, and WSU’s partnership with Zoom enables a single-sign-on option, meaning each valid WSUID/password combination functions as a Zoom ID/password.
The functionality and feel of Zoom compared to Collaborate will be quite similar: users meet in virtual meeting rooms in real-time, connect via camera, microphone, keyboard, screen sharing, whiteboard, etc. Each meeting has one or more “Hosts” and one or more “Participants.” Hosts have control over the available tools in the meeting environment, as well as the overall look, feel, and function of the meeting.
Every Zoom account holder at WSU receives their own permanent, personal room for meetings, or they have the ability to generate a random, one-time URL to use for an instant meeting or a scheduled meeting in the future. Because of the multiple possibilities for meeting rooms/URLs, the host of a Zoom meeting must ensure that participants know the correct time and “place” for attending the meeting. Invites can be sent by email, course messages, or Blackboard announcement, and the meeting room ID can be shared as a URL accessible by any browser.
Zoom works via browser plug-in and/or free installable app, across desktop and mobile platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) and all browsers. (Though Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox tend to work best.) The bottom of the wichitastate.zoom.us page contains a link to the downloads page, or you can simply browse to wichitastate.zoom.us/download. There, you’ll the find options for the desktop app as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android.