University of Alberta Case Study

University utilizes video collaboration to expand students’ learning opportunities

University of Alberta’s daring and innovative spirit inspires faculty and students to advance knowledge through research, seek innovation in teaching and learning, and find new ways to serve the people of Alberta, the nation, and the world. UAlberta is a Top 5 Canadian university and one of the Top 100 in the world, home to more than 170 graduate programs, 200 undergraduate programs and 450 active student groups.

Since its inception, UAlberta’s vision has been to be one of the world’s great universities for the public good. This university is dedicated to the promise made by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that “… knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal.”

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With technology proliferating at home, the university wanted to implement technology initiatives to help students prepare for careers of the future. The Faculty of Education at UAlberta needed a reliable, scalable, portable and flexible way to introduce video collaboration in the classroom, without creating a burden or backlog for IT.


The adoption of video collaboration technology in education has exploded over the past several years. With more than 170 graduate programs, 200 undergrad programs and 450 active student groups, the university needed a cost-effective, no-hassle, scalable video conferencing solution to bring subject matter experts into the classroom and to collaborate with other universities and colleges.

Shane Klein, media support technician for the Faculty of Education, initially wanted a hardware-based system for the university “Originally, we thought we should build on our existing hardware inventory and implement an on-premise solution.” But after evaluating other video collaboration companies, UAlberta selected Lifesize Cloud for its affordable, simple-to-use and professional quality video conferencing solution to enhance curriculums, foster collaboration and optimize learning opportunities.


  • On average, the university hosts four video conferences a day
  • Increased cross-collaboration with other universities and colleges
  • Streamlined the process for IT to schedule video conferences

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