Zoom: Drew’s Videoconferencing System

When we piloted Zoom in the spring and summer of 2015, I didn’t realize that it would become a part of my daily routine and for many others at Drew. Zoom is a web conferencing platform that has become quite popular on our campus, especially with our Theological School. We had used several conferencing platforms over my 15 years  at Drew and none of them really had any traction. The Doctor of Ministry program was using Breeze, then when Adobe bought them out it became Connect. My own technology department was using WebEx, with other folks around campus using Skype. When Drew became a Google Apps for Education School,  Google Hangouts was an option, but Zoom has pushed them all to the side. The question is why? Why did this one catch on when others couldn’t get a foothold? The biggest advantage Zoom has is its ease of use. Zoom is very straight forward:The user creates a meeting, and Zoom generates an invite. Copy and paste the invite  into an email and everyone with the link has access to the web conference. The fact that it’s just a link is a big advantage. If you’re an invited participant you don’t […]

Shawn Spaventa: What do I do?

  I have an interesting position within University Technology. I’ve spent over 15 years in the Media Resource Center and over that time, I’ve collected assignments and duties as they have become more important on campus. During a typical work day, I assist with the day to day operations of the MRC. I make sure classes and events get the technology as requested, sometimes going out into the field to train a student or to assist a faculty or staff member. The other parts of my job include video production, video editing (using various software packages) live streaming campus events, and web conference support. My role on the Instructional Technology team is to create multimedia content for faculty and departments, to assist Nicole Pinto-Creazzo with our learning management systems and, maybe most importantly, to make people laugh. I was  born and raised in Central NJ, enjoy traveling, sports and live music. If you choose to see more about me, you can check out Shawn Spaventa

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