Webex for virtual collaboration
Webex is a platform for school leaders and organizations to facilitate such activities as Board of Education or company meetings, instruction, professional development, job interviews, and other events in a virtual format.
A secure option for school districts
Capital Region BOCES/NERIC, has executed an Ed Law 2-d and Part 121 compliant data sharing confidentiality agreement with parent company Cisco to affirm that Webex complies with the law and regulations. In order to access this agreement and comply with the law and regulations, a district or BOCES must purchase Webex services and licenses through an entity that holds an Ed Law 2-d and Part 121 compliant contract with Cisco—in this case Capital Region BOCES/NERIC. Each district or BOCES will also need to opt-in to this agreement via a separate provision to be finalized shortly. Webex licenses obtained directly through Cisco’s free offering or via a third-party reseller are not covered by Capital Region BOCES’ data sharing confidentiality agreement.
In addition, Capital Region BOCES has executed a business associate agreement (BAA) with Cisco to verify that Webex complies with HIPPA. Similar to Ed Law 2-d—in order to access this agreement and comply with the law and regulations, a district or BOCES must purchase Webex services and licenses through an entity that holds a BAA with Cisco—in this case Capital Region BOCES/NERIC.
Webex capabilities for all
The Webex platform provides users with an intuitive, cost-effective way to collaborate and to exchange ideas and information online with anyone, anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Webex Meetings and Webex Events will allow you to bring everyone together face-to-face with interactive video and screen sharing on any device (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile phone). Districts in our region have already been using Webex to replace in-person meetings, to allow Board of Education members to participate in meetings virtually, and to facilitate new staff interviews with prospective candidates. An added benefit for those with Distance Learning systems is the ability to connect those rooms to Webex directly.
There is also the option to expand upon Webex Meetings and Webex Events through Webex Teams, an online platform where team collaboration can happen all in one virtual place. Districts and organizations can use the messaging, file and screen sharing, video meetings, and whiteboarding features of Webex Teams to keep staff connected and working from separate locations, from home, and on the go.