There are a number of audioconferencing and videoconferencing options available at the University, which have advantages for different situations. Please contact the eConferencing team if you wish to find out more about eConferencing and discuss your requirements:

Tel +64 3 479 5167, +64 3 479 8997, or +64 3 479 8440


Audioconferencing connects remote users by 'phone. Please contact the eConferencing team if you wish to find out more about audioconferencing and discuss your requirements.


Videoconferencing integrates video and voice to connect remote users in real-time.

The software used for a University of Otago videoconference depends on the service you are using. Most videoconferencing, including the University-recommended Zoom software, supports the video capture of a laptop screen to share information with other participants, so you can use PowerPoint or play a video clip in your session.

You can work on a collaborative document during your videoconference by storing it in shared data storage (such as Google Docs) with access to all conference participants, and any edits made can be viewed on the laptop capture.

The number of locations that can be connected at any one time for videoconferencing depends on the type of technology being used (the University Zoom pro licence for staff allows up to 300 to attend).

Desktop videoconferencing

You can have a videoconference in your office or home using desktop videoconferencing. Generally, all that is required to attend a desktop videoconference is:

  • A reasonably up-to-date computer or mobile device
  • Webcam or camera function
  • Microphone
  • Speaker
  • A broadband internet connection

Zoom is the Otago-supported desktop videoconferencing option for staff and students. See the Zoom Support blog for more information about this service:

Last updated 06/01/2021 02.20 PM

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