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Information Technology

Information Technology

Video Conferencing

The University offers several methods of connecting via video with external participants.

Microsoft Skype for Business

Personal Meetings (from your desk/office) which allow users to connect with people everywhere from their pc, tablet, or mobile device. Skype for Business is part of the Microsoft Office 2013 suite. 

  • All participants do require a web browser, webcam and microphone.
  • Invited participants do not require a Skype account to join a meeting.
  • Please note that Skype at Trent does not currently support the dial-in option for audio-only participation. (if this is a requirement, please see the Zoom section below)


  • A collaborative cloud-based video conferencing product that can support a maximum of 50 connected participants in a meeting. 
  • Supports connectivity via the Internet for mobile devices, laptops (PC and Mac), phones and video conference room systems. 
  • Participants can share their desktops for viewing, annotating, and control by others in the meeting.
  • If your meeting may or will require an external participant to dial-in for audio only, Zoom Conferencing Service offers the same features as Lync but can also accept phone-in participants.
  • If your meeting may/will include connecting with an H.323 video endpoint (typically found in meeting room systems at other institutions), Zoom offers the same features as Lync but can also connect to H.323 video endpoints (such as Polycom, Cisco, Lifesize, and others).

A Zoom meeting can be requested from the MyTrent portal under Services/IT Services/Video Conference Request.

Group Meetings

For meetings requiring more space, the following rooms are equipped with video conference systems:

SC 108
SC 215
GCS 115
TN 125 (Durham)
TN 127 (Durham)
BL105.11 (IT Meeting Room) - can be booked via Outlook Calendar but will be approved by the IT group 

1.  With the exception of BL105.11, these rooms must first be booked with Room Bookings prior to requesting your video conference (both via MyTrent)

2.  Fill out the Request a Video Conference Meeting form on the MyTrent portal under Services>IT Services>Video Conferencing Request. Be sure to specify which room(s) you secured in Step 1 (above).


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Last updated

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 16:20