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Home Office

To support you in this challenging situation, we have created the following overview of tools that you may use working from home:

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a tool designed for communication and collaboration. It includes all the features you may expect from a video conferencing tool including recording of conferences. Further it is also a collaboration platform. One may upload files and integrate other applications which for example may be used for a survey or a quiz.

Microsoft Teams is available to all members of the UZH. Communication is possible with all members of the UZH and members outside of the organization, if they have an account with Office 365. In one of this so called “Teams” up to 250 members may participate.

If you have you ever worked with any video conferencing tool you will find Microsoft Teams intuitive and you will be surprised by the additional features it provides. It is recommended by the University and also our personal favorite, as it is a tool that offers everything in one solution.

Useful tutorials for Microsoft Teams may be found here (Zentrale Informatik, German) and here (Microsoft, English).

Vidyo

Vidyo is a pure videoconferencing tool; it offers outstanding audio and video quality. One should be aware recording of videoconferences is not possible. 

A Vidyo conference requires only the organizer to have an AAI login, which you automatically have if you are part of the UZH. Communication with any members outside of the organization is possible. Members may be invited via e-mail and they can participate either with a computer or dial in with their phone. About 10 participants per conference are possible.

If you have you ever worked with any video conferencing tool, and if you have a quick peek into the instruction you will find Vidyo easy to use. It is recommended by the Central IT of the University.

Useful instructions for Vidyo may be found here (SWITCH).

Zoom

Zoom is a videoconferencing tool that offers outstanding audio and video quality. Zoom allows recording of videoconferences. 

To host a Zoom video conference, in the simplest case, only one member, the organizer, has to be registered with Zoom. It is now accessible with AAI login. The UZH has acquired a campus license. You can have group meetings with up to 300 participants with no time restriction. Further there is a limited amount of licenses for which you have to apply for separately, where you may have calls with up to 500 or up to 1000 participants. 

If you have you ever worked with any video conferencing tool you will find Zoom easy to use. The UZH allows the usage of Zoom but even with the license and approval, it is important to note, that Zoom may not be used for confidential conversations.

Useful information for the registration and usage of Zoom with the campus license may be found here Zoom (German, Zentrale Informatik).

Zoom tips & tricks, for meetings and online teaching:

Vlog #digifernunterricht by UZH lecturer Phillip Wampfler, e.g. for surveys on Zoom. (In German, please let us know about English alternatives!)

Article about zoom fatigue, which summarizes many of the technical challenges - and some antidotes:"Why is Zoom So Exhausting?"

video.meeting.uzh.ch

Video.meeting.uzh.ch is a purely web-based video conferencing tool that runs on desktop computers and laptops without client installation. Preferably, the Firefox or Google Chrome Browser should be used. For the use of video.meeting.uzh.ch on the smartphone, an App called "Jitsi Meet" is required. The Application is completely hosted within the private and self-owned data centers of the university of Zurich. Again, you should be aware that the recording of video conferences is not possible.

A video.meeting.uzh.ch conference only requires that the organizer has an UZH short name and the corresponding password. Communication with members outside the organisation is possible. Members can be invited by e-mail and can either participate with a computer or even dial in with their telephone. About 50 participants are possible per conference.

If you have already worked with a video conferencing tool and if you take a quick look at the instructions, you will find that video.meeting.uzh.ch is easy to use. It is recommended by the central IT department of the university.

Useful instructions for video.meeting.uzh.ch can be found here.