Video Conferencing with Zoom
Griffith have been using Zoom extensively for a couple of years now for everything from online tutorials, to committee meetings to one on one video calls and it has proven to be a valued addition to our offerings with some of the most positive feedback from users that we’ve had for any software.
In late 2017 we enabled access to it through your Single Sign On account and we have seen explosive uptake in its use since:
All Griffith users can avail of a free account will allow you to make video calls and host conferences with up to 100 participants for 40 minutes (you can be a participant on a call for an unlimited duration).
For any staff or lecturers interested in hosting longer conferences please contact [email protected] to discuss options for upgrading from the free account.
Getting Up and Running
We have a customised portal available to make getting started easy. Simply visit https://griffith.zoom.us/, click on Host then login with your SSO (@griffith.ie) account, accept the prompts and you’ll be hosting your first conference in less than a minute.
From here you can click invite to send an email invitation to your guests, otherwise it’ll be a lonely place.
Zoom have some fantastic 1 minute getting started videos to help you learn more, https://support.zoom.us
They also have a plugin for Outlook which makes scheduling future meetings trivial, https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/200881399-Microsoft-Outlook-Plugin
Finally there are apps for Apple and Android so you can connect when on the move. Just open the relevant store, install the app and login.
Meeting Rooms with ZoomRooms
There are 4 ZoomRooms enabled meeting rooms across the 4 campuses. 2 in Dublin, 1 in Cork and 1 in Limerick. The conference device used is known as a Crestron Mercury which is fully integrated with Zoom and offers a significantly enhanced video conferencing experience.
The device has two microphone extension pods which gives great coverage to the entire meeting table, drastically improving the audio for conference participants. You can schedule meetings from Outlook and start them with one tap on the touchscreen when you enter the room.
There are instructional videos on how to use the different functions on the device and how to setup a scheduled Zoom meeting for the room.