Skype for Business, Resources available for faculty, researchers, and graduate students affected by 3/6/17 Executive Order on Immigration

This knowledgebase article is a collection of technology-related resources available to faculty, researchers, scholars, and graduate students who may be affected by the 3/6/17 Executive Order on immigration. This article was prepared in partnership with the Provost's Administrative Working Group on Immigration:

Support for Members of Our University Community

An Administrative Working Group on Immigration is monitoring developments in Washington, sharing information and coordinating efforts across campus, and advising the chancellor and provost on appropriate actions and communications in response to evolving federal immigration policy and procedures that may affect undocumented students and foreign nationals on our campus.

Technology Services at Illinois, in support of the missions of the university, is partnering with the Administrative Working Group on Immigration to provide information about resources available to students, faculty and staff who might be affected by actions related to changes in immigration law and practices.

Available Services

Skype for Business

All full-time faculty, staff, and graduate students with appointments are provided Skype for Business accounts for voice and video calls, conferencing, and desktop and program sharing (e.g. PowerPoint). Anyone with a Skype for Business account can create an online meeting for up to 250 simultaneous participants. Participants do not need to be associated with the University of Illinois to join online meetings. In addition to using the Skype for Business Web App and desktop clients for Mac and Windows, there are mobile versions of the Skype for Business App for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices.  There are no costs associated with using Skype for Business online meetings. Technology Services offers several free, instructor led training courses for Skype for Business

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

For its ease of use, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra may be the best choice for basic online collaboration such as group work, class lectures, or online office hours. 

Highlights include:

  • Application Sharing (via Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox)
  • Polling
  • Whiteboard
  • File Sharing (Powerpoint and PDF)
  • Chat
  • Session Recording
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Runs in an Internet Browser and does not require Java


  • 250 participant limit
  • Hosting an Application Share can only be done from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. All browsers can view the Application Share. 
Learn more about Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

Kaltura - Illinois Media Space

Kaltura is a campus video distribution system similar to YouTube. Anyone with a NetID can log in, upload and share content. Your videos are automatically converted to formats viewable across current operating systems and platforms (desktops, mobile). Kaltura supports integrated publishing through Illinois Compass2g (Blackboard) and Learn@Illinois (Moodle).

Owners of media can share anywhere on the Web if they choose to with embed code.

CaptureSpace, a built-in application that lets you create video and audio through a Webcam or desktop capture, and even edit before uploading, all in one interface. 

Kaltura is available to all students, faculty, and staff to upload and share. Learn more about Kaltura.

Additional Information for Graduate Students

Professional and graduate students with appointments are eligible for Enterprise Voice Skype for Business accounts, which includes the ability to make and receive calls outside of Skype for Business. In order for Enterprise Voice to be enabled for a Professional or Graduate Student with appointment, the student's Pinnacle Department Manager must submit a Pinnacle request.

A definition of these accounts can be found on this page:

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Owner:Andrew N.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2017-02-27 14:14 CSTUpdated:2018-08-13 08:30 CST
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