Loyola University Chicago

Instructional Technology & Research Support

Information Technology Services

Audio & Video Conferencing

Loyola offers faculty, staff and students options for audio and video conferencing. The list below provides a snapshot of tools available, and links to resources for further discovery. Check out the What Should I Use table for additional assistance in selecting the right system.

Skype for Business
Recommended for individual and small group collaboration. Skype for Business allows audio, video, file and screen sharing, collaborative editing, real-time chat, and recording of meetings. It is readily available to faculty and staff through the Microsoft Office suite. Students have access through Microsoft Office 365. For more information, please visit the ITS Documentation page. For IP conference calling options, please visit the Conference Calling page.

Zoom
This is the primary platform for courses requiring online synchronous sessions. Zoom allows for robust audio, video, file and screen sharing, collaborative editing, breakout rooms, and recording of meetings. Faculty, staff and students have the ability to schedule a Zoom meeting through the Outlook calendar, or initiate an on demand meeting by launching the Zoom application through a Loyola desktop computer or personal mobile device. To access the system, please visit the main Zoom page.

Conference Call
Recommended for 6 or less participants that require audio-only communication. Conference calls can be initiated from a campus desk phone or Polycom SoundStation. Desk phones can conference up to 6 participants including the person initiating the call. Polycom SoundStations are located in conference rooms on both campuses and available for checkout from the Digital Media Lab. SoundStations can conference up to 3 participants including the person initiating the call. For more information and dialing instructions, please visit the Conference Calling page.

Rooms and Equipment
Many rooms at Loyola include built-in audio and video that can be used with virtually any computer-initiated conferencing system (e.g., Skype for Business, Zoom, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, WebEx, etc.). For a complete list of these spaces, please visit the Built-in Equipment page. To make a room reservation, please login to 25Live and submit a request to Campus Reservations.