Used widely by businesses for video conferencing, Zoom is now being stress tested by higher ed. So far, it’s not making the grade.
At issue are concerns over privacy and security. Last month, a Zoom user filed a class-action lawsuit alleging the company shares data with Facebook—without consent. Even more disturbing, schools around the country report an increasing number of Zoombombing incidents.
A recent FBI warning defines Zoombombing as the disruption of video conferences and online classrooms by hackers who share obscene images and use threatening language. To keep your online classes and student meetings in Zoom from getting hijacked, the FBI and other cybersecurity experts offer these recommendations:
According to G2, the top three alternatives to Zoom for video conferencing are GoToMeeting, Cisco Webex, and Google Hangouts. Like Zoom, these platforms offer easy access to online meetings. And like Zoom, they weren’t built for higher education—which puts student privacy and data security at risk. A better long-term solution for colleges and universities is ConexED, the interactive platform for student services and instruction.
In addition to video conferencing, ConexED has tools—like online scheduling, instant messaging, and a virtual lobby—designed specifically for learning and online advising. The platform is also:
See a comparison of ConexED and Zoom for higher ed—and learn why you need tools built for the classroom (not the boardroom).
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