Web Conferencing Solutions

Web conferencing is now available at GVSU using a variety of free applications. They can all be used as a sustainable alternative to commuting between Grand Valley's campuses or connecting with colleagues from around the world. Faculty, staff and students can easily conference across campuses, conduct virtual office hours or alleviate scheduling conflicts when working on group projects or trying to meet important deadlines.

Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact.

Designed specifically for education, Collaborate Ultra's comprehensive tools and capabilities let you engage in a virtual classroom or online meeting as if it were face-to-face.

Google Meet

Google Meet takes the headaches out of scheduling and joining a video call. Just set up a meeting and share a link. No worrying about whether students or colleagues have the right accounts or plug-ins.

With a fast, lightweight interface and smart participant management, multi-person video calls are a breeze.

Skype for Business

With Skype for Business audio, video and web conferencing are all combined into one user experience and a single unified platform. Now you can schedule a web meeting directly in Outlook or start one in real time. 

Connect with anyone, even if they are not a Skype for Business user, with anonymous access on a browser or smartphone.

Which Program Should I Choose?

Web conferencing comparison chart

Use our Web Conferencing Feature Comparison chart to see a complete listing of the features and functions that will make your meeting a complete success.

Important Notice:  All live web conferencing events and streams that are meant for viewing by a broad public audience must conform to the University's Web Accessibility Policy and the WCAG 2.0 Level AA Technologies Accessibility Standards. These policies and standards ensure that users who cannot hear are able to access real-time synchronized media broadcasts. If the streamed video is restricted to an internal audience (behind a login, only streamed to another University Campus location) the use of closed captioning is encouraged if practical, but it’s not required so long as accommodations aren’t needed by that audience. For additional information and links to related resources visit our Closed Captioning page.