The University now recommends the use of Microsoft Teams for those requiring HIPAA-compliant video conferencing options.
By now, we are all aware of the public health issues affecting our campus, our city, and beyond. As this crisis continues to evolve, we will continue working to support Nursing faculty and students alike. So, as you plan your own strategies for continuing instruction, please consider the following options and recommendations:
Develop a Plan
The Faculty Innovation Center, working with partners from all over campus, has developed this online resource to provide you with all the information necessary to develop a plan specific to your courses and your needs to allow you to continue teaching in the event of campus closure or other disruptions: https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/continue-teaching-during-campus-disruptions. Or, contact me any time if you’d like some assistance developing your “virtual teaching strategy”.
Zoom is an easy-to-use (and FREE) video conferencing tool available for you AND your students.
Zoom is not the university’s official video conferencing tool. However, work is ongoing that may change that in the coming months.
If you’d like to learn more, lot’s of Zoom tutorials are available here.
Which One Should You Use?
Zoom and BigBlueButton are both “video conferencing” tools, and they have a lot in common. But, they also have some important differences. And deciding which one you should use will depend in large part on what exactly you want to do.
Do you ever have guest lecturers who can’t make it to campus, or want to conduct online interviews or “virtual office hours”?
Do you need to record a lecture or short video that you can share with students later on? Is inclement weather preventing you (or your students) from coming to campus?
Or maybe you’d like to let students work together in a virtual space that doesn’t require them being in the same room?
Well, luckily, there are two FREE tools available to you to let you do all that and more.
Adobe Connect is one of the remote conferencing tools available for use by UT faculty and staff. It does not directly integrate with Canvas, but you can use it to conduct virtual lectures, conference calls, virtual offices hours, and more.
The first thing you’ll need to do is register via UT’s Service Now website.