Which tool should I use for web conference? It depends on what you want to do.Google Meet is great for on-the-fly, as-needed communication or for smaller team meetings. Zoom is recommended for academic usage, including in the classroom.
Our comparison chart provides more information on university-supported tools, as well as a summary of the features and best uses for each application.
|Zoom Basic (Free)||Zoom Pro (Request License)||Google Meet (Free)|
|Recommended Use||Academic use, including class meetings, faculty office hours, guest speakers, small group work. Note: all St. Edward's students, faculty and staff can log in to Zoom with their university credentials to access a Basic account.||Academic use, including class meetings, faculty office hours, guest speakers, small group work. Note: To request a Pro license, faculty and staff can submit a case to OIT support.||Informal use by students, small group collaboration, on-the-fly meetings, small team meetings|
|Scheduling Options||On-the-fly meetings, scheduled meetings||On-the-fly meetings, scheduled meetings||On-the-fly meetings from within Gmail, scheduled meetings|
|Mail and Calendar Integrations||Gmail, Outlook||Gmail, Outlook||Gmail|
|Account Login||Use St. Edward's login||Use St. Edward's login||Use St. Edward's login|
|Max Users (Video/Audio)||100||100||25|
|Record Meeting||Yes - You would need to save the recording locally to your computer and share the file as a .mp4.||Yes - Recordings would be stored in the cloud, a link would then be available to be able to share out. (Ex. You could share a link within a course.) Recordings can be over 40 minutes in length.||No Recordings|
|Meeting Length Limitations||If 3 or more participants join, the meeting will time out after 40 minutes.||
No time limit
|No time limit|
WebEx is used for both academic and administrative use, such as scheduled meetings, events and training sessions. WebEx has been decommissioned as of October of 2019.