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Open Educational Resources and Zero-Cost Learning: Distance Education Tools


  • Non-speaking participants can mute microphones to avoid feedback noise.
  • Any participant can turn off a camera to reduce strain on bandwidth.

Tutorials: How to Use PowerPoint to Create Live Subtitles and Translations

Live caption a lecture, click to start slideshow.

Attribution: [Wolfe, Amy] (2020, May, 13) Live Caption a Lecture [ppt]. Retrieved from

Online Lecture Programs

Webex by CISCO is another way to hold classes and conduct discussion sessions online .

Zoom is a popular video conferencing tool. It provides services such as video webinar, Zoom Rooms, online meetings and group messaging. Zoom supports co-browsing, remove attendees, file transfers and Break-Out Sessions.

  • Participants: Up to 100 Participants
  • Conferencing Features: HD Video, HD Voice, Screen Sharing, Whiteboarding
  • Web Features: Private & Group Chats, MP4 or M4A Local Recording, Host Controls, Chrome & Outlook Plug-Ins
  • Supported Integrations: Google Drive, Pardot, Dropbox, Eloqua, HubSpot, Infusionsoft & More
  • Privacy:
Features available only on the Zoom desktop app
  • Full range of host controls
  • Managing blocked contacts
  • Creating, editing, and launching polls
Features available only on Zoom desktop and the iOS
  • Virtual backgrounds
  • Touch Up feature
Hosts have way more control on the Zoom desktop app than they do on the mobile app If you want to launch a poll, control who can control their screen, start breakout rooms, or stream your meeting publicly, you’ll need to host the meeting on the desktop app. None of these features is available to you on the mobile Zoom app. You can only set up virtual backgrounds on the Zoom desktop app or on the iPhone app Apologies to the Android users reading this—you can’t use the Virtual Background feature in the Android Zoom app. Hopefully this will change in the coming months, but for now, you’ll need to stick with your actual, real-life backgrounds, Android users. easily call in to Zoom meetings on your phone. This is especially useful when you can’t get a reliable wireless signal, but your cell signal works fine. You can also avoid using data with Zoom by just calling in to meetings. Zoom Help Center Zoom has created a site comparing the zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web client


discussion groups, some instructors may decide to use the videoconferencing service that is built into Blackboard, which is called Collaborate.