Adobe Connect is a feature-rich web conferencing platform that can be used for web meetings, webinars and distance learning. Adobe Connect is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, as well as most standard web browsers, and can be used on many mobile devices. USC schools and departments interested in using Adobe Connect have the option to purchase discounted licensing through USC Purchasing Services.
Blackboard Collaborate allows faculty and students to meet in an online space using features such as video and/or audio chat, whiteboard, slideshow, and screen sharing. In conjunction with Blackboard Organizations, Blackboard Collaborate can also be used by staff to facilitate departmental meetings and trainings.
Blackboard, USC’s eLearning platform, is used by instructors to post and distribute course content such as syllabuses and handouts, communicate with students via announcements and email messages, and assess student learning through quizzes and online assignments.
ITS provides USC students with Google Apps at USC, which includes Gmail, Web-based word processing and spreadsheet programs, sharable calendars, chat, and more. The Gmail account gives students unlimited storage and allows them to use their @usc.edu email address.
Google Drive for Faculty and Staff is a cloud storage application that allows users to create, edit, and work collaboratively with others on a variety of documents online. The application comes with Google Docs, a collection of apps designed for developing presentations, spreadsheets, and other files stored on Google Drive.
Google Sites allows USC faculty, staff, and students to create free, custom web sites using their USC-provided Google accounts.
ITS provides USC faculty and staff Microsoft Office 365, a modern collaboration platform that includes a full-featured email system with web access, integrated calendaring, a campus contacts directory, support for mobile device access, 50 gigabytes of email storage, and 1 terabyte of document storage.
OneDrive for Business is an online document storage and sharing tool that faculty and staff can access through their Microsoft Office 365 accounts. This application allows users to share files with other USC Office 365 account holders and edit their documents online using Microsoft’s Office Online software.
MyMailLists is an application for setting up email lists that include both USC and non-USC affiliated participants.
Some schools and departments provide their faculty and staff with email accounts in addition to their ITS-provided email account. To find out if your school or department has its own email system, contact your school or department’s local IT support.
There are various options for videoconferencing at USC. These options, which are available only to USC faculty, staff, and students, include free videoconferencing from designated locations; videoconferencing in studio classrooms; and videoconferencing services, available at ITS facilities for a specified fee.