Alternative to Zoom – Microsoft Teams

Rivier University encourages faculty and staff to use the Zoom platform for video conferences and online meetings. Zoom is arguably the easiest videoconferencing platform available–it is quick to set up and easy for participants to join. While any member of Rivier University can use Zoom Basic, we only have a limited number of paid Zoom licenses. The free Zoom Basic limits sessions to 40 minutes and with a maximum of three participants. If you are meeting with full classes or public-facing participants (those outside of the Rivier University community), please request a Zoom license by emailing itsupport@rivier.edu.

Rivier IT also supports Microsoft Teams. All members of Rivier University–faculty, staff, and students–are licensed to use Microsoft Teams for video conferencing and meetings with no limitations. Microsoft Teams has most of the video conferencing features as Zoom. Get started with Microsoft Teams by downloading the client at https://teams.microsoft.com/download. Mobile users can find the Microsoft Teams app in the App Store or Google Play store. To sign into Teams, log in with your Rivier email address and password.

For instructional videos on how to use Microsoft Teams, please see this page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/enduser-training and watch any or all of the videos under the subject Chats, calls & meetings.

Microsoft Teams is also a powerful collaboration tool. Users can chat with team members, share files, collect notes, keep a task list, and more all within the Teams app. Because Teams is built on the power of SharePoint Online, users can access Teams data in the browser, at home, in the Teams app, or on their mobile device. In addition, it has powerful search tools for finding data wherever it is located–within files, in the team notebook, or mentioned in a chat conversation. Teams video chat also lets you interact with other Teams members in other organizations, and with Skype and Skype for Business users around the globe! If you would like help creating a Microsoft Teams team for your department or project, please contact us at itsupport@rivier.edu.

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