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Supported Video Conferencing Applications
As more of us turn to video conferencing platforms to conduct business and catch up with friends and family, a number of questions have come up regarding officially supported video conferencing applications - especially the availability of Zoom.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside supports Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The university does NOT support Zoom and it is not available for professional use on our campus.
The hosting of meetings via Zoom (or any other conferencing tool that is NOT supported by campus) is restricted for conducting any university business.
Please use the campus-supported web conferencing tools:
Additionally, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra should be used for any remote instruction as part of Canvas:
- Blackboard Collaborate (How to Use Collaborate Ultra in your Canvas Course)
This only applies to meetings hosted by university faculty, staff, and employees. Vendors, other UW institutions, and our third-party partners may host meetings on their platform of choice.
If you or your department believe there is a legitimate business need for Zoom, please contact CTS. Per Business Services' Purchasing Technology process, all technology acquisition requests must be evaluated by CTS prior to purchase. This includes Zoom or any other video conferencing application. CTS will work with you to determine if the functionality desired by Zoom is truly unique to Zoom or can be replicated using existing tools.
As mentioned previously, the free version of Zoom cannot and should not be used by university employees for hosting meetings regarding university business.