Soon all MU students will have Google Apps accounts. But why wait, you can use Google hangouts now! Google hangouts is a great way to video conference with your students. Here’s an article that will give some ideas how you can use hangouts.
Although MU has a contract with Blackboard Collaborate, which essentially does the same thing as hangouts, there are many services available. Some others are Fuzebox.com, Zoom.us, both of which offer free options, and some of the big players like gotomeeting and webex. And of course, there’s Skype and FaceTime, although those are mostly used for one-to-one communications.
Marylhurst’s help desk doesn’t support all these services, but most are very easy to set up and we do encourage some experimentation. Let us know if you have a favorite!