NOTE: Zoom video conferencing is replacing Blackboard Collaborate as the preferred option for online meetings in Blackboard. To ensure a smooth transition, Blackboard Collaborate will continue for the Spring 2018 semester, but will no longer be available after May. Instructors who have Collaborate videos they want to keep will need to download and save them prior to June 1. Follow the steps under Download Collaborate Ultra recordings at blackboard.ku.edu/collaborate.
Students and faculty can access Blackboard for free from anywhere they have an Internet connection. Login to Blackboard with your KU Online ID and password.
Blackboard app offers two mobile apps for students and instructors for easy access from mobile devices. More information and links to the apps are available on the KU Mobile Plaza.
All KU faculty, staff and students are added automatically to the Skype for Business system. To begin using Skype for Business, you will need to have the software installed on your computer and/or mobile device:
For faculty and staff workstations, your department's technology staff should install the software component on your KU-issued computer.
Personal computers - PC:
For personal or home use on a PC, Lync is part of Microsoft Office 2013. Students can download Microsoft Office 2013 for free and faculty/staff can download Microsoft Office 2013 at a significant discount.
Personal computers - Mac:
For personal Mac computers, Microsoft offers a free download of Lync.
Mobile Devices – Android and iOS:
Go to the KU Mobile Plaza to download Lync for your Android or iOS device.
Download Zoom App
Participants can join a Zoom meeting from anywhere in the world via the Zoom app. Download the Zoom app on your KU-owned workstation, personal computer, and/or mobile device at KU Zoom Video Conferencing.
Host and Schedule Meetings (Faculty, Staff, GTAs/GRAs)
A KU Pro Zoom account is required to host and schedule meetings. KU faculty, staff and GTAs/GRAs are eligible for KU Zoom Pro Accounts. Sign in with your KU Online ID at KU Zoom Video Conferencing to get a KU Pro Zoom account.
Installing the Zoom App
Installing Zoom (Windows)
Installing Zoom (Mac)
Installing Zoom on iOS devices
Schedule and Host Meetings
See Using Zoom at KU (pdf) for instructions on scheduling and hosting Zoom meetings.
Zoom Meetings with KU Conference Room Systems
See Using Zoom at KU – Connect a Conference Room System (pdf) for instructions on connecting a KU Conference Room System to your Zoom meeting.
There are a limited number of Zoom virtual conference rooms with capacity higher than 100 seats. For more information, contact the KU IT Media Production Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-6452.