The online conferencing software Zoom, is being made available to NC State users in 2018. This site gives an overview of the Zoom implementation project and provides ways to stay informed about the status of the project. As part of the WolfWare suite of tools, Zoom is being deployed to support academic needs related to synchronous video communication and collaboration. The Zoom implementation is being coordinated by DELTA and our campus partners (CALS Extension and NCSU Libraries).
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing application that can be used for online meetings, webinars, chat, mobile collaboration, and other types of online communication. NC State instructors can use Zoom in their courses to conduct synchronous online class meetings or to hold online office hours.
Who can use it?
Zoom offers free Basic accounts at their website (http://zoom.us), but NC State’s license includes a Pro account for university employees and students with an active “@ncsu.edu” email address.
What is the timeline for implementation?
- Summer 2018
- License agreement is signed; initial planning begins
- Fall 2018
- Implementation project team is formed
- Zoom is made available to NC State users (estimated availability: October, 2018)
- Spring 2019
- Zoom is integrated with WolfWare and Moodle
- Summer 2019
- NC State’s license for Blackboard Collaborate expires
What is happening to Blackboard Collaborate?
NC State’s license with Blackboard Collaborate expires in 2019, and Blackboard Collaborate will no longer be available as a tool in WolfWare. Zoom provides similar or improved functionality and will be NC State’s academic Web conferencing tool going forward. Learn more about the Blackboard Collaborate retirement.
How can I get more information about Zoom at NC State?
A Google Group has been created for communication among interested members of the NC State community. Updates will be posted to this group, and questions about the Zoom deployment can be asked in the group. Join the Google Group!