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Using an External Video Server

How to use an external video provider, such as Zoom, Teams or Google Meet with the Learcube Platform

Alexander Asher avatar
Written by Alexander Asher
Updated over a week ago

Sometimes you may wish to use the LearnCube Virtual Classroom but not our embedded video/audio/chat. This may be helpful for those who:

  • Already have a paid plan with another video-conferencing tool;

  • Want to teach students in mainland China where access can be an issue.

  • Teach students with poor/unstable internet connectivity.

  • Have a new student whose firewall is causing issues with the Virtual Classroom.

Steps to use External Video + LearnCube's Whiteboard:

When you are inside the classroom, click on the Settings tab on the right:

Scroll down to Video Server and choose External.
Once you select this, there will be a popup notification for teachers and students letting them know what to do next.

For a teacher:

Copy the unique link for the external video provider, for example, Zoom, Teams or Google Meet. Be sure to copy the whole link (including https://).

Paste this link into LearnCube:

This will allow you to open the external video provider and continue to use the LearnCube whiteboard, the materials you've uploaded into the classroom as well as the chatbox.

The teacher may need to "Admit" the student.

Once the student is using an external video provider too, the teacher can arrange the computer desktop to comfortably see the video and the LearnCube whiteboard.

For example, in the Zoom app, the teacher and student can increase/decrease the space the Zoom gallery view takes up on the screen.:

Alternatively, the user should click View from the top navbar in Zoom and click Enter Minimal View.

For a student:

The student does not need to do anything until the teacher has selected the External Video option from the settings.

The student will be automatically prompted to join the teacher.

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