Alternatives to Zoom

While Zoom is a relatively easy to use and fully capable video conferencing tool, there are some reasons to consider alternatives:

  • Concerns about security in countries other than the United States
  • Real-time closed-captioning
  • Alternative features for teaching and learning

Below we list alternatives to Zoom currently available at Georgetown. These options, while capable of basic video conferencing, are not fully integrated into the Canvas ecosystem and may lack some of the features you have come to rely on in Zoom. Please be sure to test out the tools before adopting them in class.

Google Meet

The default video conferencing application in Google Apps is Google Meet. UIS has an excellent page dedicated to the features and limitations of Google Meet.

The simplest way to use Google Meet is to set up a calendar event in Google Calendar for you and your students. Instead of selecting Zoom as the video conferencing application, simply choose Google Meet. You can also share a Google Meet link with your students via email.

For more information, please visit UIS’s pages on Google Meet.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has its own video conferencing application call Microsoft Teams. Unlike Google Meet or Zoom, Microsoft Teams needs to be provisioned for anyone who would like to use the application. Availability and support is limited at this time, but if you are interested in trying teams out, please contact UIS directly.

New and Upcoming Applications

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for better tools for remote learning. Since March, there have been a few technology companies trying to fill this gap.  Some possible options in the future include:

These are still in the early pilot phases, but we continue to watch their development to determine if they will prove to be useful additions to our range of options at Georgetown.

CNDLS Office Hours

CNDLS provides virtual office hours for support with tools and tips for teaching online.

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. After hours, reach us at cndls@georgetown.edu and someone will reach out as soon as possible.  

For information on daily office hours offered by CETS, UIS and other partners, please visit the contact page.

Tip of the Week

Looking for ideas to get your semester started? Consider inviting new students to meet with you individually or in small groups to discuss your and their expectations for the course, or publish your Canvas course early to allow students to preview the course and meet each other. Explore ideas like these, together with your colleagues, at Digital Learning Days this week! Learn more about Digital Learning Days here.

CNDLS Calendar

Visit the CNDLS calendar to learn about upcoming programs and workshops.!