Faculty and staff have a number of options when initiating a conference call. Some make use of features available through a desktop telephone, some are available from a computer via Loyola's Microsoft Exchange platform, and some use traditional calling bridges through an outside service provider.
Information Technology Services has a number of speaker phones available for use on campus. Contact your campus's Digital Media Services to reserve a phone.
Lakeshore Campus - x88029
Water Tower Campus - x56950
Telephone-Based Conference Calling
The CONFERENCE feature of our telephone system allows you to initiate conference calls for up to three or six lines (depending on the type of telephone).
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Conference calls on single-line telephons can connect up to three lines (two parties plus the person initiation the call).
To make a conference call:
- Press the switch hook button, picture of a handset, to receive dial tone.
- Dial the phone number of the 1st party.
- Press the conference button (silhouette of 3 people). The first party is put on hold and receive new dial tone.
- Dial the phone number of the second party.
- Press the conference button to tie all 3 lines together.
Multi-Line Digital Voice Telephones
Conference calls on multi-line voice telephones can connect up to six lines (five parties plus the person initiating the call).
To make a conference call:
- Initiate a regular call with one of the conference parties.
- Press the CONFERENCE button. You will hear a dial tone.
- Dial the number for the next person you wish to include in the conference call. This number can be internal or external to Loyola. (Any calling restrictions in place for your telephone will apply.)
- Press the CONFERENCE button again.
- Repeat steps 2-4 (up to three more times) until all parties are connected to the call.
Any call participant, including the person who initiates the conference, can hang up at any time and the others will stay connected. Pressing the DROP button will disconnect the parties on the call in reverse order (i.e., the last party to join the call will be the first call dropped). Participants can drop themselves from the call at any time by hanging up.
Audio and Video Calling via Skype for Business
- Smaller, spontaneous audio and video calls can be initiated from within Microsoft Skype for Business. For more information, see the About Skype For Business: Audio and Video Calls page.
- Microsoft Exchange also provides for a traditional calling bridge for dial-in conferences of up to 20 people. You can use the bridge just for audio, or you can combine it with Skype for Business desktop sharing tools to add an on-screen presentation. For more information, see the Conference Calling with Exchange page.
Conference Calling Using an Outside Provider
An external call bridge is a good choice for large group conference, both internal and external to Loyola. Our suggested provider is freeconferencecall.com. Account creation is free. However, there is no 800 number access.
For More Information
For more information on any of these conferencing options, please contact the Loyola Help Desk at 773.508/4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.