CTS - Web Conferencing - Using your Computer to Connect
Posted by , Last modified by Todd Kent on 07 July 2014 10:01 AM

Frequently confused with video conferencing, this option is the most sophisticated and, paradoxically, the easiest to obtain. Unlike with videoconferencing, web conferencing does not require participants to be in a special facility - as long as they have computers connected to the Internet, they are ready for web conferencing sessions. Another big advantage of that option is that it allows sharing computer content: participants can see slides, video clips, web pages, even the entire computer screen of the presenter.

We have been using three web conferencing systems at PSU:

Skype: Best suited for single presenter or one-to-one interactions, Skype allows screen sharing in “free” mode, which allows the remote presenter to share PowerPoint or graphics from their computer. Skype is limited by available bandwidth - it is preferred that a hard-wired network connection is used in place of wireless. Multiple presenters are permitted if one presenter has a paid Skype account. Skype is the easiest, most cost-effective option for a single presenter or one-to-one conference.

Adobe Connect: http://teachingwithtechnology.blogs.plymouth.edu/2012/06/06/adobe-connect-webinar-tool-pilot/

ITS maintains a portable Web Conferencing kit for use in classrooms or spaces that are not already equipped with web cameras or microphones. Reservations and arrangements for using this equipment should be made a week in advance at the following link : https://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/cts/user/

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