Video conferencing with heiCONF: Secure communication and collaboration

Using the new service heiCONF, users can comfortably and securely hold video and audio conferences in their web browser. Your data remains on the servers of the university.

heiCONF offers the following key features:

  • Audio and video conferencing
  • Chat
  • Screen sharing
  • Sharing presentations, audio and video material
  • Multi-user whiteboards
  • Conference polls
  • Individual configuration of conference rooms

Recording is currently not available for data protection reasons.

heiCONF is ideally suited for regular, formal meetings and video conferences. For easy one-to-one communication or simple, text-based (group) chats, which do not require functionalities such as screen sharing or a whiteboard, we recommend using the new university instant messaging service.

How to use heiCONF today

The web-based service is now available to all employees, doctoral candidates and lecturers (Lehrbeauftragte) of Heidelberg University. No special registration is necessary. Simply log in on this page with your Uni-ID:

https://heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de

After logging in, you can create and configure virtual meeting rooms and start meetings.

Other participants can easily be invited to a meeting via a link. Participants only need this link to join the meeting, an account is not required. This makes it possible, for example, to have conferences with students and external parties.

Manuals and documentation for heiCONF are currently being prepared and will soon be published on the service's page in the Service Catalogue. In the meantime you can access the tutorial videos of the underlying open-source software BigBlueButton to get to know its basic features and interface.

Communication on university servers

heiCONF is made available via the university's cloud infrastructure heiCLOUD. Thus, all data is processed only in URZ server rooms at the university. This way, even confidential meetings between colleagues or digital office hours with students can be conducted securely and in compliance with data protection regulations via heiCONF.

If you have any questions about the new service or encounter any problems, please contact the IT-Service. We are looking forward to your feedback!

 

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