Occidental College has a number of video conferencing tools available to help facilitate meetings, lecture capture, and more. Below is an overview of the video conferencing tools we support with recommendations on when to use each.
The primary video conferencing tools currently supported at Oxy are BlueJeans, Google Hangouts Meet, and Zoom. The table below shows a side-by-side comparison of all three tools. BlueJeans and Hangouts Meet are recommended unless you need a gallery view of more than nine participants, a waiting room, pre-set breakout rooms, pop-out chat window, or polling.
Zoom Business accounts are available for faculty only, by request.
|Feature||BlueJeans||Hangouts Meet||Zoom Basic (free)||Zoom Business (for faculty by request only)|
|Maximum Meeting Size||100 users||250 users||300 users||300 users|
|Maximum Gallery View||Moderator plus 9||4 participants||Moderator plus 49 (with hardware specifications)||Moderator plus 49 (with hardware specifications)|
|Meeting Duration||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited through July 2020||
|Recording Capability||Yes, cloud storage (free)||Yes, to Google Drive (free)||Yes, local storage (free)||
Yes, local (free) or cloud (limited) storage
|Screenshare into Meeting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Dial-in by Phone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Breakout Rooms (temporarily split meetings into separate discussion sections)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Key Integrations||Google Calendar, Panopto||Google Calendar||Google Calendar (with Chrome browser extension), Panopto||Google Calendar (with Chrome browser extension), Panopto|
|Mobile Apps (Android & iOS)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Required Software||Client Application||Any browser||Client Application||Client Application|
|Embedded Polling Feature||No||No||No||Yes|
|Hand Raise Feature||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Pop-Out Chat Window||No||No||Yes||Yes|