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Web Video Conferencing

Web conferencing enables two or more individuals to meet “face-to-face” or “voice-to-voice” from almost any location in the world. A web conference combines video, audio, phone and internet technologies to facilitate a real-time connection. In addition to transmitting audio and video, users can exchange documents and collaborate with virtual “white boards” and chat. At Clark, we use web conferencing for:

  • meetings;
  • conferences;
  • lectures;
  • distance learning;
  • interviews;
  • instantaneous file-sharing/collaboration.

Web conferences can range from simple audio or video chats between two users with webcams to large-scale meetings connecting a hundred people in different locations. Some of the benefits include:

  • Reduces travel time/costs;
  • Supports Clark’s environmental sustainability efforts;
  • Creates new and innovative learning opportunities;
  • Enables immediate transfer of knowledge and information.

Academic Technology Services can provide equipment, support and training to meet the varied conferencing needs you may have.

We support several options for web conferencing.

>> To quickly compare each of the options, download our comparison chart <<

Polycom
The Polycom system provides the highest level of quality and reliability of all Clark’s conferencing options. The unit features a large LCD monitor and professional-grade camera and microphone. It system enables multi-point connections via IP to users with similar technologies. In addition to video and audio transmission, the Polycom unit has screen and document sharing capabilities.

  • Top quality and reliability
  • Connect with up to 3 other users/locations (users must have comparable technology)
  • Screen/file sharing capabilities
  • Reservations required in advance
 

Fuze
Fuze Meeting is an application designed for web conferencing on the desktop. It features the ability to email invitations to a “meeting” with up to 100 participants. Options include: HD video; audio via VoIP, Skype, or telephone; instant messaging; screen sharing; pre-loading files (including video) to be shared; and recording of sessions so they can be available on-demand.

  • Available as a desktop client or web-based
  • Easy set up and use
  • Requires basic hardware (webcam and microphone), often built in on newer computers
  • Video conferencing for up to 10; audio conferencing for up 100.
  • Sessions can be recorded for on-demand playback at a later time
  • Can be used with Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPad and iPhone.

Learn how to use Fuze with these resources:

 

Skype
Skype is a free application that allows users to make voice and video calls over the internet. Skype video conferencing requires a webcam, microphone, and computer with an internet connection. Skype also features instant messaging and screen and file sharing.

  • Free software download; widely available
  • Easy set up and use
  • Requires basic hardware (webcam and microphone), often built in on newer computers
  • Video conferencing capabilities with one other user; audio calls with up to 25 users
  • Instant messaging and screen/file sharing capabilities

Resources that will help you learn how to use Skype are available here.

Is there a cost?
It depends. Generally web/video conferencing used for curricular purposes doesn't have a charge associated with it. For administrative, sponsored research, or other non-curricular purposes there may be charges associated with setting up, testing, and proctoring the session if those services are required.

Please contact your Academic Technologist or Media Services team to help you with your video conferencing needs.