Getting Started with Video Conferencing

Best Practices

These are general best practices when it comes to using Video Conferencing in your class:

  1. Use a headset. When you video conference, your speaker and microphone is right next to each other. So it's likely when more than one person is speaking, you'll get echo and feedback. You don't have to use a super expensive or high tech headset. The Logitech H390 is around $20 and compatible with Windows and Mac machines. Don't want to buy anything? The earbuds that come with your phone is perfectly fine.

  2. Check surroundings. Check your background and make sure it's neutral. You don't want your dirty laundry aired to your class (in this case literally).

  3. Quiet Please. Try to have your class in a quiet place- the TV or radio shouldn't be on.

  4. Warn others in your area that you will be video chatting and to be aware. This will hopefully remind them they need to be quiet, as well as be conscious of making sure they are not seen by the camera if they don't want to be.

Google Meet

Our recommended method for easily setting up a Google Meet Video conference quickly and painlessly.

A set of CUNY guides on using Blackboard Collaborate, including this Quick Start Guide.

Zoom

Zoom is now available to all active Queens College students, faculty and staff. Key features include the following:

  • unlimited meeting duration

  • up to 300 meeting participants

  • polling

  • screen sharing

  • webinars and Zoom rooms

Click "sign-in" here to access your Queens College Zoom Account using your CUNY login in credentials. Login requires your CUNY login credentials (Firstname.LastnameNN@login.cuny.edu, where "NN" is the last 2+ digits of your CUNY EMPLID).


Click here to access the Zoom Knowledge Base and Support Center.

Office 365 Microsoft Teams for Faculty/Staff Teams*

Quickstart: https://support.qc.cuny.edu/support/solutions/folders/15000067863

WebEx*

Quick start guide: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/Computing/Documents/ConnectCUNY_Webex_QuickStart.pdf

*Reach out to the ITS Help Desk (helpdesk@qc.cuny.edu) for support for Office 365 and WebEx.