Google Meet

Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet) is a remote meeting and collaboration tool used for web conferences and online presentations. It is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to organize and attend online meetings. General features include:

  • Ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive (faculty and staff)
  • Host starts the meeting online and then participants may join via online option or by phone (online option could be video or just audio)
  • Screen sharing
  • Closed-captioning
  • Ability to change presenters on the fly
  • Up to 250 participants (faculty and staff); up to 100 participants (students)
  • Platform Independence (Windows, Mac, iPad, or Android)
  • No time limit

Faculty, staff, and students can start or join Google Meet sessions through their Norse Apps account and don't need any prior authorization.

Creating a Video Conference

There are a few options for starting a video call:

Option 1: Open your Norse Calendar ( and create an event. Edit the details of the event and click "Add conferencing". The calendar summary will then contain links to join the meeting using Google Meet or by phone.

Option 2: Click the video camera icon on a chat session in Norse Mail. You can add more individuals to your session using the "create group" icon in the upper left corner of the chat.

Option 3: Go to

Note: You can now Present high-quality video and audio in Google Meet by selecting “Present now > A Chrome tab” when using the Google Chrome web browser.

View all Participants

You can see up to 49 people at the same time in the tile layout option in Google Meet through any web browser. For more information, visit How to view people in the meeting.

Helpful Links


The G Suite Learning Center has excellent information on their website at Google Meet training and help

Teaching from home is going to require a different approach. See Teach from Home for information on teaching remotely with video calls, teaching remotely without video calls, making lessons accessible to all, and keeping students engaged.

Alternative services

We recommend using Google Meet (up to 250 people) or Skype (up to 50 people) for video conferencing sessions. When you're wanting a more structured, controlled environment or need to record the meeting, Zoom (up to 300 people) is ideal.

Faculty, staff, and students can start a Google Meet, Skype or Zoom session at any time.

Webcams and tripods are available for checkout from the Circulation Desk in Preus Library. These webcams have a built in microphone. ITS also has conference carts that may be requested to be set up through