Video Conferencing & Recording Solutions

Northwestern University offers various video communication solutions for faculty, staff, and students. Below are steps to get started on those platforms followed by information on using Northwestern's virtual private network from off-campus.

Note: Record Lecture Materials Locally
Whenever possible, use these tools to record lecture materials locally to your machine and post the file online for consumption in tools such as OneDrive or Box prior to your meeting or lecture date. Not only will this ensure that individuals can review course and meeting materials at a later date, it will lessen the load on the network for what may be a high traffic period.

Borrow a Document Camera

Email McCormick IT to borrow a document camera for use during a lecture recording.

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Zoom

Best for: 

  • video or audio-only conferencing and web meetings
  • meeting recordings
  • simple lecture recording with external camera
  • screensharing
  • mobile viewing
  • whiteboarding

View a recording of our in-house training session

Note: Do not attempt to access Zoom from your office computer when using remote desktop. Download/install the Zoom app on your local laptop or computer and join meetings directly from that device. Otherwise, the camera and speakers will not be detected.

How to get started:

These steps will help you get started quickly through your browser. If you install and use the Zoom desktop application, you must authenticate it.

  1. Go to https://northwestern.zoom.us.
  2. Select Log In, then when prompted, enter your NetID and password.
  3. From the top bar, click Schedule A Meeting.
  4. Enter the required meeting details: title (Topic), date and time (When).
  5. Review and modify settings for video and audio as appropriate.
  6. To add the meeting to your calendar, download the appropriate system file and right-click it to open in your email client. You can also copy a text version of all the meeting details to share the meeting details via email.


  7. The file will open as a pop-up in your email client as where you can edit meeting details to invite attendees and save to your calendar.

Tutorials and Useful Links:

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BlueJeans

available until August 1, 2020

Best for: 

  • video or audio-only conferencing and web meetings
  • meeting recordings
  • simple lecture recording with external camera
  • screensharing

How to get started:

  1. Go to https://northwestern.bluejeans.com/ or use the BlueJeans app on your tablet or smartphone.
  2. Select SIGN IN.
  3. You will be directed to the Northwestern University SSO log in page.
  4. Enter your NetID and password.
  5. Click Schedule Meeting.
  6. Enter the required meeting details: title, time, and date of your meeting.
  7. Use Advanced Options to customize your meeting.
  8. Click Schedule Meeting.

Tutorials:

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Panopto

Best for: 

  • lecture recording and streaming
  • integration with Canvas course

How to get started:

  1. Go to https://northwestern.hosted.panopto.com.
  2. Change the dropdown option next to “Sign in using” to NU ADFS, and then login with your NetID and password when redirected to the Northwestern Online Passport page.
  3. To begin recording or upload content, download and install the Panopto Desktop App from the top right-hand corner of the page under your name. (Mobile apps for phones and tablets are available through Google Play or the App Store. Panopto live stream is only audio on mobile devices.)

Note for instructors & TAs: Panopto integrated into Canvas course
Panopto is integrated into every Canvas course but hidden by default. To enable it, you’ll need to go to the "Settings" tab on the left-hand nav of our individual Canvas courses, select the "Navigation" tab, and drag the Panopto item from the hidden bottom section to the visible top section. Once you save the page, Panopto will be enabled in your course.

Tutorials:

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Microsoft Teams

Best for:

  • Instant message / text chat
  • One-on-one / group video or audio-only conference calls
  • Screensharing

How to get started:

View instructions to download (preferred) or access Microsoft Teams

From the Desktop Application:

 

  1. Click on the phone icon from the left navigation
  2. Search for and rollover the name of the person you would like to talk with
  3. Click on the phone or video icon to start a call
  4. You can also add more people to your call

Live Streaming

McCormick IT recommends Zoom's integration with Panopto for live streaming. View our instructional video on to set up a live-streamed Zoom session.