Faculty and staff can set up and manage web conferences directly from the My UW-Madison portal. These web conferences can be used for a number of purposes, such as live discussions, presentations, office hours, and so on.
My UW Madison web conferencing uses Blackboard Collaborate software. Blackboard Collaborate has both a java-based (Collaborate Original) and a browser-based (Collaborate Ultra) web conferencing tool that allows people to communicate, collaborate, and participate in virtual meetings. This document has more information on the differences between Original and Ultra.
Why My UW Madison Portal Web Conferencing?
The advantage of this system is that it makes it easy to create web conferences and invite attendees, whether or not they’re in a specific course or on a specific campus. You can also save recordings (“archives”) of web conferences in My UW Madison and send potential viewers a link to the recording (Original saves recordings as unique Collab files, Ultra saves recordings as mp4s). For more information on how to use Ultra or Original in the Portal please go here.
Collaborate web conferencing software can also be used independently of the portal. Faculty and students can use both Original and Ultra through their integrations with Canvas.
Note: For faculty using Canvas we recommend using Blackboard Collaborate using its integration with that LMS. For more information on how to activate web conferencing in Canvas please see this knowledge base document.