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Online Teaching Tools

Your 1Hope Account gives you access to several great tools that make teaching possible online.

Real-Time Video Collaboration

Hangouts Meet

Hangouts Meet logo Hangouts Meet is a free web-based videoconferencing tool, and is the easiest way to give your lecture online in real-time. When you schedule an event in Hangouts Meet logo Google Calendar and invite participants, a new Hangouts Meet call will be associated with that event.

See more information about Hangouts Meet 


Zoom logo Zoom is a third-party service that makes video calling much more robust. If you're looking for more advanced breakout rooms, different views of the participants or real-time chat indicators, Zoom may be a good choice for you.

See more information about Zoom 

Comparing the Two

  Hangouts Meet Zoom
Layouts Automatically switches between:
  • "Tiled" (four equal-sized participants),
  • "Spotlight" (the presentation, active speaker, or pinned video front and center)
  • "Sidebar" (the presentation or active speaker with additional participants along the side)
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Choose between:
  • Active Speaker (Most recent speaker. Users can pin, and the host can “spotlight,” or force everyone to see a particular video)
  • Gallery (all participants at once)
  • Mini (a tiny version of the Zoom interface that you can drag around your desktop)
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Recording Yes (until July 1, 2020), to Google Drive Yes, to local disk and the cloud (for paid subscribers)

Chat to everyone in call.

Note: A given user can only see what was sent during the time they were in the call.

Chat to everyone in call or one-on-one. You can also send files via chat.

Note: A given user can only see what was sent during the time they were in the call.

Screen Sharing Multiple people can share their screen or a single application window at the same time. Each shared screen becomes another participant in the call. Only one shared screen at a time is designated as "Presenting", which spotlights that screen front and center. You can see all participants and shared screens in the call with the "People" button in the top right. More information. The host can share their screen or a single application window, or designate another participant in the call to do the same. More information.
Captioning Automatic real-time captioning

One or more participants can be designated as captioner, who type out captions in real-time. We recommend using the built-in captions in Google Slides while sharing your screen.

Zoom call recordings do have an optional audio transcript that can also be downloaded after the call.

Breakout Rooms No. You may consider creating additional Hangouts Meet calls and distributing the links to those calls via chat. Yes.
Participant Reactions No. You may consider using the chat for this functionality. Yes. Participants can indicate a "raised hand," "yes," "no," "slow down" and more with icons that appear next to their name in the participants list. They can also add a "reaction" overlay to their video feed.
Host Control If you schedule a Hangouts Meet call via Google Calendar, all recording video files will go to your Google Drive. Also, only the meeting creator will be able to mute and kick other participants. Very robust hosting capabilities. Meeting organizers have full control over all aspects and features of the call. Each feature needs to be enabled before the call begins in your Zoom profile settings.
Client Web-based. All you need is a link. Desktop client is more full-featured, and web client is actively being developed. We recommend downloading and installing the client, and having all of your participants do the same.
Accounts Built into your 1Hope Account. New account creation is required to schedule a call. We recommend using the "Sign in with Google" option and selecting your 1Hope Account.


Hangouts Meet logo Moodle is an incredibly powerful and flexible learning tool for interacting with your class. You can create online exams, distribute documents, direct your class towards external links and resources, and so much more.

See our Moodle Help page for more information 

Google Drive

Your 1Hope Account comes with free, unlimited storage with Hangouts Meet logo Google Drive. It's a fantastic collaboration tool and a great way to keep your files organized, on- or off-campus.

See our Google Drive page for more information Instructions on moving from the U: Drive (Red) to Google Drive 

GSuite Learning Center

Google publishes an enormous amount of guides and help articles about Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and much more in the GSuite Learning Center. We highly recommend you take a look and learn about the wealth of tools we have at our disposal with our 1Hope Accounts.

Visit the GSuite Learning Center