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Video Conferencing Options at UM-Flint

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This Quicknote is intended for faculty, staff, and students who would like to learn about the video conferencing options offered at the University of Michigan-Flint.


This Quicknote is for general informational purposes and has no specific requirements.

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Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and provides the option for meeting recordings. Zoom offers high-quality video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing across Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.

For more information on Zoom conferencing, take a look at the UM-Ann Arbor Zoom documentation found here:

Google Hangouts Meet[back]

Google Hangouts Meet is a videoconferencing service allowing U-M students, faculty, and staff to connect and collaborate with live video, audio, and screen sharing. With Meet you can work from home or abroad and join meetings, conference calls, and group discussions from any computer or mobile device.

For information on Google Hangouts Meet, please see the UM-Ann Arbor documentation found here:

Blackboard Collaborate[back]

Blackboard Collaborate is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session.

If you have questions about using Blackboard Collaborate, please contact the Office of Online & Digital Education (ODE) by phone at (810) 237-6691 or by email at

Meeting Tools Comparison[back]

The following document serves as a useful resource for comparing the features and functionality of Zoom, BlueJeans, and Blackboard Collaborate: Meeting Tools Comparison Sheet


If you have any questions about the information in this Quicknote, please contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance.

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