UBC Collaboration Suite

Overview

UBC Collaboration Suite is a comprehensive set of communication and collaboration tools for the UBC community.

Learn how to connect to virtual meetings by clicking the image below.

Watch the video below to learn more about UBC Collaboration Suite:

 

Choose your service option:



Features & Benefits


Base Package:

Get an easy way to host convenient virtual meetings with colleagues. Collaboration Suite (powered by Skype for Business) is integrated with Outlook and allows you to set up meetings in minutes. You receive a designated meeting link to share with participants, and can see who is available to meet. Features include:

  • Audio/Video Conferencing*
    Enable participants to use their built-in cameras to engage with each other via reliable video link-up. Save on travel time with desk-based meetings.
  • Instant Messaging
    Send instant messages to colleagues during meetings to clarify points, send files, or ask questions.
  • Availability Display (Presence)
    See who’s online and display your availability status to other Collaboration Suite users.
  • Topic Based Group Chat Rooms
    Create virtual chat rooms that are always open for groups of participants to engage in ongoing communication and collaboration.
  • Screen Sharing
    Display a presentation or clarify a topic by sharing your screen with voice and video participants.
  • File Transferring
    Securely transfer files to colleagues during a voice or video call.
  • Whiteboarding
    Brainstorm, collect notes, and collaborate as you would in a physical meeting.

* Please note: the Base package does not include a headset or webcam. Casual users can use a basic computer headset with a microphone. For those who plan to use the service regularly and would like better audio quality, we would suggest purchasing a professional headset. If you are looking for a recommendation or purchasing information, you can contact SENSUS.

This package is centrally funded and available for staff and faculty at no additional cost. We are currently deploying this service across campus. Click here to have your department added to the waiting list.

 

Plus Package:

Use the Collaboration Suite for flexible learning or larger events. The Plus Package works for teaching large, distributed groups of students or hosting virtual research conferences or other meetings. You receive all the benefits from the Base Package plus enhanced communication tools and dedicated audio visual support. Features include:

  • Teach remotely
    Break down geographic barriers by bringing instructors, guest presenters and students located around the world into one virtual classroom setting.
  • Dedicated onsite support
    A key feature of the Plus Package is the dedicated onsite or remote support to set up your meeting, lecture, or event exactly as you want it.
  • Classroom, meeting, and event technology integration
    Integrate Collaboration Suite with hardware and software in classrooms, meeting rooms, and event hosting venues to add different capabilities, including AV conferencing.
  • Recording
    Easily record sessions to distribute as a learning aid.
  • Live Streaming
    For larger audiences, events are viewable on desktop or mobile devices anywhere Internet services are available.
  • Virtual Presentations and Events
    Your students or event attendees could be in Japan, Iceland, or on the move. Wherever they are, they can view and listen in real time through clear, reliable HD video link-up.
  • Consultation
    We can recommend and find the best space with the most suitable equipment for your needs.

Please contact the AV Help Desk for more information. We require advance notice for this service to be set up in time.

 


Requirements

Sign Up Requirements

Technical Requirements

PC:

  • Recommended: Skype for Business 2016 (included in Office 2016 Professional Plus), Windows 7 or above
  • Minimum: Skype for Business 2015/Lync 2013 (included in Office 2013 Professional Plus), Windows 7 or above

Mac:

  • Recommended: Skype for Business for Mac, OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) or above, Outlook 2016 for Mac or above required for Outlook integration

For detailed information on operating system and browser support for the Skype for Business Web App, please consult the following Microsoft TechNet article.

This article also includes the supported meeting features for the Skype for Business native clients and browser applications.


Getting Started

UBC IT is rolling out the service incrementally across campus, department by department.


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