Zoom is here!
Now, staff teaching distance learning or blended courses, or running travel-free meetings, will be able to work in a new, more modern and user-friendly tool for e-meetings on their own computers. The new tool is called Zoom and will be used by many other higher education institutions in Sweden via Sunet – exactly like Adobe Connect.
The tool has already been tested, for example on the course Open Networked Learning here at AHU (Lund University’s Division for Higher Education Development), and both teaching staff and end users report that it is easy to get going and that the technology, such as audio and video, works very well.
Create an account
In order to create an account, go to lu-se.zoom.us. Please note, if you have used Zoom before, for example the Sunet instance of Zoom, you will have to switch account to LU Zoom, but you are guided by Zoom throughout the process. If you need assistance, please contact us.
Zoom and Adobe Connect
Zoom will not immediately replace Adobe Connect, but the two systems will function in parallel at no cost for LU during a transition period. Adobe Connect is being phased out due to a need for a tool that works better for more users, the outcome of procurement processes at Sunet and major price increases from Adobe. The phasing out process will start no earlier than the fall semester 2018.
How do I get started with Zoom?
In cooperation with other higher education institutions, we will set up online resources to help users get going quickly with Zoom. There will also be special workshops for users who have never tried e-meetings and for teaching staff who have previously used Adobe Connect in their teaching. During the autumn and spring, it will also be possible for individual lecturers to book an appointment to get help in AHU’s video studio/workshop.
What do I do with my material on Adobe Connect?
There will be instructions for how to simply export presentations and recorded material, for example. It will also be possible to book an appointment in our video studio/workshop if you need additional supervision to transfer your material.
E-meetings and recordings directly in your learning platform
As a user, you will be able to access Zoom via a web page to which you log in, exactly as you previously used Adobe Connect. One development and possibility the project will investigate is whether we can integrate Zoom directly in the platform you use for teaching. This would enable you to start an e-meeting directly from your course room in e.g. Live@Lund, Moodle or LUVIT, that your students can easily locate. The project is also investigating the possibility of publishing recordings from e-meetings in Zoom directly to your course via LU Play.
Collaborations & dialogue at LU
In the project, AHU will cooperate and dialogue with organisations such as the IT unit at the Faculties of Humanities and Theology, LDC, Lund University Libraries, the library and ICT at the Faculty of Medicine, Disability Support Services and the Academic Support Centre and the system administrators for related systems such as learning platforms (LUVIT, Live@Lund, Moodle or Blackboard). This is part of shared processes and collaboration for the development of well-functioning digital learning environments at LU.
We are also working closely with the project on travel-free meetings to coordinate activities, resources and development. Read more about the REMM project (for travel-free meetings in Swedish public authorities) nationally and on the blog about current events at LU.