During the Summer of 2016, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) heard from faculty that our existing web conferencing tool was not meeting faculty and student needs. In particular, the quality of online courses was adversely affected by the unreliability of the old web conferencing solution. As a result, OIT began an extensive, faculty-led analysis of various tools that could serve as a possible replacement. At this time, OIT is excited to introduce Zoom web conferencing to all Saint Joseph’s University faculty, staff, and students.
Zoom is extremely easy to use and provides high-quality video, phone, and web conferencing services. It is mobile-friendly and compatible with PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Zoom provides an integrated educational platform to enhance the delivery of our online courses and programs. It is our hope that Zoom becomes pervasively used for communication and collaboration not only in online courses but as a flexible virtual meeting platform for campus and external users. Zoom rooms can be used for virtual office hours, student study groups, board meetings, guest speakers, and in many other ways.
Some faculty members began using Zoom in May for their Summer I online courses. The feedback from faculty and students who used Zoom over the summer has been overwhelmingly positive.
Here are some usage statistics from the Summer I and Summer II sessions:
Everything you need to start using Zoom, including how to login and training sessions, can be found by visiting our KnowledgeBase at sju.edu/it and browsing to the Learning Management System / Zoom section.
For help getting your Zoom room up and running, contact the Technology Service Center at 610-660-2920 or submit a request through our Service Catalog at sju.edu/it.