COST Action - Online networking tips

For the foreseeable future, many of us are having to work at home and embrace new technologies to keep in touch. As this is a completely new way of working, we have compiled a list of online networking tips and an online toolkit to help get you started!

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Tell us what works for you and we will share your ideas on this page and via our social media channels.

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Scroll down the page to find tool tips on the following categories:

* Conferencing tools
* Presenting tools
* Engagement tools
* Project management tools
* Other tools

Networking tools

Conferencing tools

Zoom – A popular tool for video conferences and webinars. No matter where you are or which device you are connected to, you will be able to join a meeting. It is very easy to set up and to use. You can download the free version and give it a try. If you like it, we recommend that you get the Pro version, which has unlimited meeting duration and cloud recording, among other advantages.

See Zoom in Action in this tweet by COST Action International Nucleome Consortium.

GoToMeeting – A popular alternative to Zoom, which is easy to use and has all of the functionalities that you need, including screen sharing and a new feature which enables you to start a meeting from the Slack project management tool.

 

FreeConferenceCall – A free service that offers online meetings, video conferencing and audio conferencing.

Webex – Another great tool that is comparable to Zoom and GotoMeeting, with screen sharing and document sharing capabilities. There is also an app available, which means you can easily use your mobile phone or tablet to stay connected wherever you are.

OpenMeetings – An older tool providing video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools.

BigBlueButton – Web conferencing tool designed for online learning.

Jitsi – Open source video conferencing tool for small or large groups.

Vidyo – A tool commonly used for healthcare organisations, governments and education facilities

Presenting tools 

YouTube Live – Some of you might already be familiar with the online streaming options of YouTube Live. One of the advantages of this tool is that you can have a very large audience and choose who views you by creating an unlisted streaming (only the people with the link can see it). Zoom meetings can also be streamed via YouTube Live.

Facebook Live – This is a great option for Facebook lovers. A Facebook profile and a camera in your device is all you need. One of the advantages of Facebook Live is that it is more interactive than some of the other tools; your audience can react and comment with emojis and you can interact with them.

Engagement tools 

Slido – If your priority is to engage with your audience during a conference or webinar, Slido is the tool you are looking for. It offers live Q&A and multiple poll options. You just need to create an event code and share it to give the floor to your audience. Free version available.

Swipe – Free to use and easy to use too! Although there is a restriction on the number of questions that can be asked.

DirectPoll – Create instant polls and share them with your audience during presentations. This tool also works really well as part of PowerPoint presentations too.

Project management tools

Slack – A well known project management tool, which “brings the team together, wherever you are”. This collaboration software is intended to make remote working easy and efficient. You can organise your projects and conversations through the ‘channels’ in which you speak to your colleagues and share multiple files, photos or documents. It integrates with your other workplace tools and has a great search function.

Glip – A team management tool that also allows you to hold conference calls. The free version has most of the functionality of the paid for version and even includes unlimited chat, unlimited users and unlimited storage.

Freedcamp – Another popular tool, which is free to use and easy to create team management flows for projects. One of the more popular functions is the task board for projects, as well as the gantt chart feature.

Miro – Online whiteboarding platform that brings teams together virtually.

 

Other tools

Other tools that can help you online

Unsplash – Free to use photos with great science pictures.

Flourish – Free to use data visualisation platform, create interactive and interesting charts for websites and presentations.

Canva – Easily create social media cards and other beautiful branded designs for free.

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