Web Conferencing


Web and video conferencing allows for meetings between individuals and small groups in remote locations while reducing travel time and costs. These services can be used to conduct meetings between different site, collaborate with researchers in separate locations, and bring otherwise inaccessible experts into the classroom.

Web and Video Conferencing Services

Webex Video ConferencingIowa State IT has a site license for Webex, which allows any student, faculty, or staff member with an Iowa State Net-ID to download and use the software at no charge. Video conferences can have up to 1000 participants. Participants can join in using desktops, mobile devices, or telephones. Webex meetings can be up to 24 hours long and recordings can be stored online.
WebinarsA webinar is one person or a small group of people providing information to a larger audience over the web. Interaction is available via chat. Webex Events is available to all faculty, staff, and students for webinars and allows up to 3000 attendees. Login to Webex to access the event option.
Zoom Video ConferencingIowa State IT has a site license for Zoom, which allows anyone with an Iowa State Net-ID to download and use the software at no charge. Video conferences can have up to 50 participants. Participants can join in using desktops, mobile devices, or telephones. Basic accounts are limited to 40-minute sessions.

Required Equipment

The recommended minimum requirements for a desktop video conference:

  • Computer
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speaker

Note: You may sometimes need to use specific software or web-based services for video conferencing.