The ATC provides three remote conferencing options for individuals or groups on campus who need to conduct a conference with remote individuals or groups. Videoconferencing provides live video-based interaction with remote participants. Webconferencing via Wimba Classroom provides live voice and graphic-based interaction. A comparison of the options is provided below. Contact the ATC for more details at email@example.com or 508-831-5220.
|Office Communicator (OCS)|
|What is it?||Videoconferencing uses audio and video to bring people at different sites together at the same time for a meeting. A videoconference can be as simple as connecting two people in different locations (point-to-point) or it can involve several people at one or more locations (multi-point). All of the videoconferencing systems (codecs) on campus are IP-based (i.e. use the Internet), but the TV studio system, in addition to using IP technology, also has ISDN capabilities (which uses bundled digital telephone lines.)
Available functionality depends on which videoconferencing system you use. Sharing computer screens is possible on the videoconferencing systems with a fixed location (the TV studio), but is not possible with the portable system that is available to borrow from the ATC. Videoconferencing sessions in the TV studio can be recorded for later reference.
|Wimba classroom is a Web conferencing tool that allows groups of individuals to communicate real-time via voice and graphics over the Internet. Wimba events typically have a presenter and participants who collaborate to conduct meetings or class events. Wimba features include::
Office Communicator is an Instant Messaging (IM) client that provides the ability to communicate with other members of the WPI community via text, audio and video on campus, at home and from project sites. Communicator is similar in function to consumer IM clients such as AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger, but is internally hosted by WPI. OCS Features include:
|When should it be used?||Consider using videoconferencing when:
Some examples of videoconferencing include:
|Use Wimba when:
Some examples of Wimba use includes:
Consider using OCS when:
|Who can use it?||Any members of the WPI community can use the videoconferencing systems on campus.||Faculty and staff can use Wimba at any time. Wimba rooms are automatically generated for all myWPI course and organization sites. If no myWPI site is available, contact the ATC for a scheduling account. Students can use Wimba for academic purposes. Contact the ATC for details. Attendees do not need accounts.||All members of the community can use OCS capabilities.|
|Where is it available?||A videoconferencing system is installed in the TV studio in Fuller Labs. A portable system is available for videoconferencing in most locations on campus.||Wimba can be used from any location in the world with high speed Internet access. The software runs using Java and is cross-platform, cross-browser compatible.||Wherever OCS is installed.|
|When can it be used?||
For the TV studio or portable system, contact the ATC at 508-831-5220 or firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling.
Access to the TV studio is limited to normal campus office hours, although arrangements may be able to be made for events outside of office hours with enough advanced notice.
|Wimba can be used around the clock.||OCS can be used around the clock.|
|What do users technically need in order to use it?||Users at both videoconference sites need access to a videoconferencing system. WPI uses Tandberg videoconferencing systems, but the users on the other end can use any videoconference system as long as they work on the same technology platform. Contact the ATC for details.
A WPI local area network Internet connection is required.
A computer is not required.
The minimum bandwidth requirements are as follows, based on the type of event:
For details and requirements please see:http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/
|Who do I contact to get email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-831-5220
Also, visit the Wimba Help & Support site for more details.
|email@example.com or 508-831-5888|
Last modified: Nov 15, 2011, 15:22 EST