LiveTalks are real-time class sessions used only for courses designated as the online format (.81, .86, .89). These online sessions can involve video, audio, text chat, polling, and more. CoursePlus uses Zoom for this purpose.
The vast majority of LiveTalks in CoursePlus are run by the faculty and TAs on each course. These sessions are set up and run by the faculty or their TAs in their own Zoom accounts, but appear as standard listings on the LiveTalk page in the course website. After the session, the course faculty or TAs can upload the recording (video and transcript) and those recording pieces will appear on the LiveTalk page in the course website as well.
By providing a consistent experience around accessing LiveTalks in all courses in CoursePlus, students don't have to worry about "where to find the Zoom link," or repeatedly ask the faculty where a LiveTalk recording is posted. Students have a consistent experience across all courses and there's less burden on the faculty and TAs for support around these issues.