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Conferencing Recommendations

Northwestern provides a variety of conferencing solutions for effective collaboration among members of the University as well as external colleagues.

The table below offers conferencing scenarios and the recommended conferencing service that best fits the scenario described.  A full list of service features is provided at the end of this page.

To request a consultation for your particular conferencing needs, contact the IT Support Center, or your school or department technical support representative.

Conferencing Scenario Recommended Service

I want to have a videoconference where sensitive regulated data will be shared. e.g. health information, export controlled research, and data regulated by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Lync/Skype for Business*

I want to have a one-to-one videoconference call.

Blue Jeans
I want to have a videoconference for multiple people with fewer than 100 people. Blue Jeans
I want to have a videoconference for multiple people with more than 100 people. Lync/Skype for Business*
I want to hold a small-group meeting from a conference room. Blue Jeans
I want to run a synchronous video session for my class in Canvas. Blue Jeans
I want to run a synchronous video session for my class in Canvas and collaborate on content (white boarding, polling, remote access, etc.). Adobe Connect (Webconferencing)
I want to offer virtual office hours. Blue Jeans
I want to record a videoconference. Blue Jeans
I want to share content in a videoconference. Blue Jeans
I want to have a three-way audio-only conference call. Audioconferencing Services
I want to have an audio-only conference call with four or more people. Premier Global Services (PGI) - GlobalMeet®
I want to host a videoconference with a remote presenter. Blue Jeans
I want to collaborate on content in a videoconference. Lync/Skype for Business

*Contact the IT Support Center to request a consultation or consult with your school or department technical support representative.

Conferencing Service Features

While the services listed for each conferencing scenario above are recommended by Northwestern Information Technology, you or your department may decide to use another conferencing product. Please see the following table for a list of the features of each conferencing service.

Conferencing Features

Blue Jeans

Adobe Connect PGI Skype for Business
Cost to End User No Cost
Fee for Use View PGI Price Schedule (pdf)
No Cost

Broadcasting Capability

100 100 125 2500

Encryption

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Videoconferencing

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Audioconferencing

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Screen Sharing

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Recording 

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Integration into Canvas

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Schedule through Outlook 

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Real-time Messaging

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Mobile App

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Integrates with H.323 Systems

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Last Updated: 22 March 2017

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