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Web Conferencing Review 2018

Pilot Program

Desk with laptop and Zoom logo

After reviewing five different tools, Zoom was selected to pilot for Summer and Fall 2018 terms.

Community Involvement 

We have concluded the summer and fall term pilots and a decision has been made to adopt Zoom.   

Pilot Process

  • Fall 2017/Spring 2018: Conduct web conferencing demos
  • Summer/Fall 2018:  Pilot Zoom
  • December 2018: Announce decision to the Pepperdine community 

What is Web Conferencing?

Web conferencing allows participants to interact online in a collaborative meeting space, using live video, text chat, and content sharing.

Uses for web conferencing

  • Conduct live online class or training sessions
  • Record online lectures and presentations for blended learning
  • Organize small group, team, or committee meetings at home
  • Hold office hours anywhere

Why are we Reviewing Tools?

In 2014, Pepperdine University selected Adobe Connect as its tool for online teaching. Our contract with Adobe Connect is due for renewal in July 2019. We are seeking community feedback on Adobe Connect as well as evaluating other major web conferencing platforms to select the right tool for our faculty and students by the summer of 2019.

Web Conferencing Demos

Starting in December 2017, the Technology and Learning team invited several vendors to demo their web conferencing solutions for the Pepperdine Community. Please view the recordings below to learn about the specific features of each platform and compare the various web conferencing solutions.


Demo Schedule


Presentation Date

Demo URL

Cisco WebEx

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11 AM – 1 PM PST

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Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11 AM – Noon PST

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Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11 AM – Noon PST

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Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11 AM – Noon PST

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Friday, January 16, 2018 at 11 AM – Noon PST

View Recording

Need more intel on Zoom?  Check out this video where stakeholders from Notre Dame and the University of New Hampshire discuss Zoom after two years of use.