Collaboration and Conferencing

---with Zoom, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams and Emory Box

 

Emory offers a wide range tools for collaboration and conferencing that faculty, staff and students can use for teaching, research and learning.

These software tools are frequently deployed by University administrators as well as by members of the academic community. They support online educational seminars and enable classroom instruction with colleagues in distant places. These are tools that enable Emory faculty and staff to collaborate with their colleagues at other school on projects such as grant proposals.

Collaboration and conferencing tools bring people together without having to be in the same room or even in the same city. Emory has a variety of products that offer different approaches for calling an online meeting. The products include:

 

  •   Zoom – a remote conferencing service that uses Cloud computing software for videoconferencing, online meetings, chat function and mobile collaboration.

 

  •   Skype for Business – a unified communications platform that integrates common business communication channels such as Instant Messaging (IM) and Voice over Email (VOIP) for online meetings.

 

  •   Microsoft Teams – a software platform that combines workplace Chat, video meetings, file storage (and file collaboration) and applications integration.

 

  •   Emory Box -- a cloud-hosted management platform that allows secure file-sharing between and among users wherever they may be.

 

In addition, a number of collaboration and video conferencing room-based systems are hosted on the Emory University and Emory Healthcare networks and managed by Emory’s Libraries & Information Technology and Emory Healthcare IT.

LITS will also consult with departments that are interested in purchasing and maintaining their own collaboration and video conferencing systems.

Key Features and Benefits

These tools for collaboration and conferencing

  • Enable one-to-one or one-to-many communications
  • Increase productivity and reduce travel
  • Provide High-definition (HD) enterprise level room conferencing
  • Support online web presentation and sharing, from one to many
  • Allow Cloud-based document sharing for faculty, staff and students from anywhere with technology that supports many popular desktop and mobile devices