Zoom is a web conferencing service that allows meetings, webinar, chat, breakout rooms, whiteboard and other tools within the platform. Penn has signed an enterprise agreement for Zoom that provides premium accounts for all students, staff and faculty. Login to https://upenn.zoom.us with your Penn email account and sign up. Check with your local support provider with any issues.
Google Apps offer an integrated communication and file sharing platform available with your free Google Account. Students, faculty and staff in the School of Arts & Sciences have access to Google@SAS, a customized account which allows you use of the Google suite of apps with a Penn-affiliated account. All Google accounts provide access to Google Meet or Hangouts to host audio or video conference calls, and integrate apps like Docs, Drawings or Jamboard for collaboration on documents and graphic projects in real time. On desktop and laptop computers, Jamboard works best on the Chrome browser.
Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform for chat, video conferencing, file storage and and integrated apps like Outlook, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Video conferencing in Teams meetings have access to whiteboards for realtime visual collaboration. Penn students, faculty and staff with Microsoft Outlook 365 have access to Teams, as well as the full suite of Office apps.
AWW is a web whiteboard that offers realtime whiteboard collaboration platform with enhanced features compared to the built-in whiteboards of Zoom and BlueJeans. Upload images, pdf documents and PowerPoint presentations into the whiteboard space, or draw with a mouse, tablet or stylus on desktop, laptop and touchscreen. This app offers both free and paid upgrade versions.
Miro is a powerful web-based whiteboard application with free educational licensing. Miro offers realtime whiteboard collaboration platform with enhanced features compared to the built-in whiteboards of Zoom and BlueJeans. Insert videos, website captures, images, pdf documents and PowerPoint presentations into the whiteboard space, or draw with a mouse, tablet or stylus on desktop, laptop and touchscreen.
Penn Libraries Staff Consultation Appointments
If you aren't able to find answers to your questions from LinkedIn Learning tutorials, or for questions about specific uses of software for your course, current members of the Penn community can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Penn Libraries staff member through an appointment form.
All Penn student, faculty and staff have access to the excellent web-based training modules for a variety of software in LinkedIn Learning. You'll find short introduction videos of a few minutes to comprehensive, in-depth training videos through LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) in this collection of tutorials available to current members of the Penn community. Many of the longer videos are broken into searchable chapters which can be viewed on their own or as part of a series and can also be saved in your LinkedIn Learning account to review at a later time if you forget what you learned. There are usually multiple courses associated with any given application, each with its own instructor and approach to training.
If you aren't able to find answers to your questions from LinkedIn Learning or for questions about specific uses of software for your course, current members of the Penn community can schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Penn Libraries staff member through an appointment form. Find a librarian through the software lists and be sure to let our staff know what you'd like to learn more about when filling out the form and if you've accessed any of the LinkedIn Learning tutorials. If you don't see the software you are interested in through the menu on this form, it is likely that it is outside of the range of applications we can support. If you aren't sure which applications might be helpful for a specific use or have other questions about the use of media in your courses, submit a consultation request through the form on this media support page and the appropriate staff member will follow up with you as soon as possible.